Just Engaged? Your Planning To-Do List
So you’ve had your eyes fixed on that sparkling ring on your finger and now have to start thinking of things you really to do to kick off your wedding planning.
Plan Your Schedule
Picking an exact wedding date the minute you get engaged, will almost be impossible before other major decisions are considered i.e choosing a venue. Although, determining a range of dates is not a bad idea, also considering what season you would both prefer, and also been careful that it doesn’t conflict with any major holidays or family events you already have planned.
Set Your Budget
Most couples tend to go over their budget and get to realise this only when there isn’t enough funds left to cover other costs. Setting your budget first is a key point towards planning your wedding and making the right decision on what you purchase. So, sit down with your family and figure out how much everyone would be contributing and stick to the final budget.
Draw Up Your Wedding Dream Ideas
What has always been your fancy? what wedding style did you always have in mind or pictured it to be. So, think of your desired location, is it going to be in a hall, a mansion; out of the country at a beach somewhere; or surrounded by tropical nature? Or maybe just have in mind a small wedding in your garden/hometown. Think of the style you will like to go for, would it be a modern, classic, romantic & personal, or all out glam. If you have no clue on where to start from, get some inspirations in wedding magazines, wedding related websites, books or be inspired from friends wedding photos. So, the key is, don’t limit yourself to what you have already pictured in your mind, be ready to try other things and open for inspirations.
Start Thinking of your Guest List
Firstly, you may have to consider with your family whether your wedding will be an open invitation, or a strictly by invitation. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, you are going to be limited by how many people you can accommodate (i.e in a garden or hotel). If you wish to go all out and have the whole universe attend, you should bare in mind that the more guests, the higher the costs (i.e. catering). Therefore, going back to your wedding budget will determine the size of your guest list.
Consider a Consultant
If you feel that handling all the preparation towards your big day may be too much for you, or you are a couple with busy lifestyle, demanding jobs, then you should consider hiring a wedding planner to prepare you throughout the entire event. If hiring a wedding planner is out of your budget, and you just need advise, tips, list of good vendors and venue choices, then you could go for a part-time wedding consultant instead. Another option is a day coordinator, who will make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan on your wedding day.
Book a Venue
This is one of the major parts of planning your wedding. It reflects the size of your guest list, your budget and also the style you are looking to go for. So, ensure that you bare in mind the features, price and extra you want, but make sure you schedule visits and book in advance. By doing this, it means you have successfully sealed your wedding date.
Choose Your Wedding Party
Now you need to choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen. It may seem like a difficult decision to make on who to pick, especially when you have a lot of friends in your circle, but the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. So, inform everyone about your plans, show them a good time and make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
There will be a lot happening with all the engagement party, bridal showers etc so don’t be worried that you will look gift-needy if you register. Although, gifts for engagement parties are optional, but some of your guests may still want to give you something as a blessing towards your occasion. So, it would be a good idea to register a couple of items beforehand, so your guests wouldn’t have to guess what you like or get something you don’t like. Don’t include registry information in your engagement party invitations, instead through word of mouth or links on your wedding website would be more appropriate.
Insure Your Engagement Ring
No matter how careful you are, the peace of mind that engagement ring insurance will give you and your fiance is worth it.
Book Your Vendors
Most of these high priority vendors get booked quickly, and so choosing a photographer, florist, or caterer etc you love will require you to act fast and book them earlier.
Time To Shop
Browse online for dresses, try out outfits,, get some fashion inspirations on social networks, fashion or wedding magazines and you should be on your way to getting the best.