I'm engaged, What do I do First?

Congratulations, you're engaged! Are you stuck on what to do first? Read all about the first few things you should do after you he put a ring on it! Wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming at first. Between the knot, instagram and pinterest, you can get lost in a sea of information and you can get stuck. 

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1. The first thing you need to do is ENJOY it! 


Spend some time with your fiancé soaking in that new ring shine. Call your friends and family together, grab your gals and go for a drink. Spend a few weeks enjoying each other and that new feeling. You don't want to jump into planning too quickly or you'll lose steam before you've even booked a venue. 


2. Talk money.



I know talking about money is probably the last thing you want to do once you get engaged, but it is a must! You need to sit down with your fiancé and your family and figure out who is contributing and how much you have to add. Traditionally, the bride's family pays for the wedding and the groom's family pays for the rehearsal dinner. More recently, the couple has taken over paying for the wedding, or the parents will pay for some with the help of the couple. 


3. Talk about the details 


Talk with your fiancé about what kind of wedding you both want. Do you want to have a ballroom wedding at a hotel, casual wedding in a barn venue, destination wedding? Does your fiancé want to invite every person he's ever met and all the guys from his little league team or are you keeping it more intimate? These all play a big role in how much money your wedding will cost. 


4. Get yourself a planner!


If you can fit it into your budget, start researching wedding planners ASAP! Wedding planners can save you a ton of stress, time and money along the way. Start getting some quotes and setting up consultations to find a planner that you mesh with. If you only have money in the budget for a day of coordinator, you still want to book that soon too! Even though your planner is only doing day of coordination for you, they still have a ton of knowledge and connections that can save you money and time. You won't get as much help as a full service package, buy your day of planner can point you in the right direction when you need it.


5. Venue Shopping


Now the fun begins. It's time to start venue shopping. Ask your planner or day of coordinator for referrals, search the knot and instagram, attend the big bridal shows, and of course do your own research online. Tour a variety of venues, you may be surprised at what you like once you're there in person. You'll also want to be sure to keep your date flexible. Don't set a date until you know that your venue has it available. Be sure to be open to Friday weddings as well if you are hoping to cut costs!


Now that you have a plan for your first month or so of your engagement go back to step number one and enjoy it! It's time to get your bffs on the phone and plan that drink!



Posted December 13th at 11:54am