First of all, do I spy an engagement ring? Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear your proposal story. Of course, before you say, ‘I do’, you’ve got a wedding to plan. Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering where to start? Today I’m sharing 10 things to do once you get engaged plus a few top tips to kickstart your wedding planning journey.
Remember, these are just suggestions – you don’t have to do everything on the list. Start as you mean to go on by picking things that feel like a good fit and skipping everything else.
1. Tell Your Nearest and Dearest and Make it Insta Official
You’ll want to share your news with the people you love most right away, but nothing’s official until it’s landed on social media, right? Whether it’s a post-proposal selfie or a quick snap of your shiny new ring, sharing your engagement via Facey and Insta is the fastest way to update friends and family who live farther away.
2. Ring Insurance
Get that rock insured! It’s boring – adulting always is – but it’s usually quick and painless.
3. Discuss Your Budget
Setting a realistic budget is one of the most important things to do after getting engaged. As well as agreeing an overall figure, think about where you’d like to splash the cash. Maybe you want to go all out on food and drink, or perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a bespoke suit or designer dress? Identifying your top priorities will help you distribute your budget accordingly.
4. Decide on a Date
When you want to get married will impact many other decisions, so it’s a good idea to start considering your options ASAP. Do you want to say ‘I do’ as quickly as possible, or would you rather set a date one or two years down the line?
If you’re hoping to get hitched in a hurry (e.g. within six months), it’s highly likely your dream venue and preferred suppliers will have limited availability, especially for a Friday or Saturday during peak wedding season. Remember, you can always opt for another day – Thursdays and Sundays are becoming a lot more popular.
5. Pick a Destination
Do you want to hold your wedding in the UK or jet off on an exciting adventure? Destination weddings are amazing but planning it all from a distance can be pretty daunting. As well as the usual to-do list, there are numerous other things to consider – local laws and complex travel arrangements to name but a few. Start researching your options as early as possible and consider enlisting an expert to help.
6. Define Your Style
Your wedding style or aesthetic essentially describes the look and feel of your day. Defining it is a crucial part of the planning process because it helps inform all the other elements of your celebration. Understanding your wedding style also makes it easier to convey what you want to your venue and suppliers.
If you’re not sure and have no idea where to start, Pinterest is your friend! Create a board and just start pinning. Don’t worry if you’re drawn to lots of different looks to begin with – you can always edit and refine things later.
7. Research Suppliers
Wedding suppliers are the talented people who will bring your plans to life. From Florists and Caterers to Cake Makers and Photographers, you’ll want a team of experts on your side.
When it comes to sourcing the best, Instagram is an amazing resource. Try searching via relevant hashtags. If you stumble across any suppliers you like, simply save the image by clicking the flag symbol, so you’ll be able to refer to it later.
8. Schedule an Engagement Photoshoot
Booking an engagement shoot with your Wedding Photographer is a great way to capture some intimate images of the two of you. It’ll also help you get to know the person behind the camera. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day, so it’s important you feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence.
9. Host an Engagement PARTY!
Any excuse to raise a glass or two! But seriously, your engagement is a special time and it’s definitely worth celebrating. It doesn’t have to be a big, extravagant affair. Why not opt for a sit-down meal in a fabulous restaurant or an afternoon of champagne and canapes?
10. Book a Wedding Planner
Planning a wedding can be stressful. If you’re already leading busy lives, you may struggle to dedicate the time you need to things like sourcing a venue and researching suppliers. Although working with a Wedding Planner is an investment, you’ll end up saving money as they bring with them a raft of expertise and professional knowhow.
I provide three bespoke services – full wedding planning, destination wedding planning, and wedding day management. Falling in love is a great adventure and getting married is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. It’s my job to ensure the whole experience feels fun and stress-free. For further info about my services or to talk about a tailored package to suit your needs, book a complimentary chat here.