You got Engaged: Now What?

He popped the question!!!!  You are engaged, congratulations! NOW WHAT?  Where do you begin?  What might you do next?

First, congratulations on your engagement.  This is an exciting time for you and your fiancé.  If you do not know where to start you are not alone.  Tracy and I went through this same thing as have countless other couples.  Relax, you got this.  It is easier than you think.

You are probably wondering where do I begin?  We recommend that you start with setting a date, creating a budget and finding a venue.  Setting a date should be relatively easy. You may already have a date in mind.  Do you want a fall wedding with the beautiful color changes or how about a spring wedding with flowers blooming.  Maybe you love the winter and snow.  There may be a date that is special to you as well.  Some couples may have a time of year and then book a venue they absolutely want.  Set your date or the time of year you want to get married in and then get started with budgeting.

The engagement ring by G&T Northrip Photography

Planning to budget for your wedding requires more time and thought than setting a date.  There is a lot to consider.  One place you can start is a list of all the vendors you will need for the wedding.  Vendors such as a venue, photographer, DJ, hair and makeup, florist, caterer, bakery, wedding planner, officiant, band, party rental place, limo service, wedding dress, tux rental, etc.  Some of the vendors will be more expensive than others.  You will have to decide what is most important to you when you make your budget.  Once you have a list of needed vendors, the next step of your budget might be to figure out the miscellaneous expenses like wedding invitations/save the date cards, guest book, photos from your engagement session for decorations, gifts for guests and or wedding party, etc.  Another thing you can do is to create a guest list.  This will help you figure out how much money needed for catering and desserts.  There are many articles on the web about making a budget.  Also, you can find a wedding budget checklist by clicking here.  You can also use an app from wedding wire to help budget for your wedding.

Now that you have a date and an idea of your wedding day budget, you will need to find a venue.  You may want to consult with a wedding planner first if this was in your budget.  A good wedding planner will save you a lot of time on searching out vendors including venues.  The venue you choose has to be in line with your vision.  Do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding?  Do you want country rustic, industrial, or modern?  Once you decide what the aesthetic look you want then you can search out the perfect venue.  Once you have located the venue check to see what is included with their packages, such as decorations, table linens, clean up services, tables, chairs, etc.  If you love the venue and they have your date available plus it is in your budget then sign the contract.  After you have signed a contract with your venue, start looking for a wedding photographer, DJ, and your wedding dress.

You can find some professional wedding vendors on our websites preferred vendors list here.

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