1. Start telling your loved ones!
You may want to let people in on your engagement as soon as the ring is slipped on your finger. Or you might want to keep the moment private a bit longer. However you share the information, even if you veer from tradition, you should tell your parents first, then other family and friends. You’ll make phone calls, of course, but you can also send email or better yet, post it on Facebook! You may want to even throw an engagement party!
2. Start talking about the DATE!
Once the word is out, expect lots of questions, including “When are you getting married?” Reveal a date if you have one, or let curious friends know plans are in the works — as they should be, especially if you want to hold your wedding at a popular time of year, such as June or over a holiday. Locations, photographers, caterers, rental companies and other professionals book up early, sometimes a year in advance.
3. What’s the BIG PICTURE?
Envision the type of wedding you both want — small or large? Indoor or outdoor? Formal or casual? Consider colors and unique things about you as a couple that you could integrate.
4. Set a BUDGET
Prior to making any decisions about the style, location, etc., figure out what you have to spend and whether your families will contribute. Make sure you and your fiance are in agreement about your priorities before talking to your parents about budget and logistics.
The above it the “big” stuff that you need to get done before you can work on the rest:
- Guest list
- Check out wedding planners
- Save the Date cards
- Register for gifts
That will get you started…We don’t want to overwhelm you at first! Congrats!