So, you just got engaged! What now?!
First off, let us start by congratulating you for making this huge decision in both of your lives in hopes to come together as one! On a different note, it is important to not get so caught up on the engagement itself. Here at Exquisite Bride we like to remind our brides-to-be that the engagement is simply a stepping stone for something much larger, beautiful, and lasting—or in other words, the actual marriage. We do this because it is so easy to get caught up in the moment of becoming engaged that it can delay or shorten your planning period.
There are a few easy things you can do to keep yourself on track to have the wedding of your dreams, and to make it as relaxing as possible (believe us, no one needs a wedding nightmare!). We like to say that each couple has a set of stepping stones (with the engagement being the first), these include all of the planning process.
By saving the date in advance it is easier to plan out the rest of how the planning process should pan out. If you give yourself two months, there will be a TON of rushing; however, by giving yourself 8 or more months will make this a manageable process.
Granted finding the perfect dress can be one of the most difficult and stressful parts of a wedding, it does not have to be. The best advice we can give to grooms and brides alike is to give themselves plenty of time to find what it is they are looking for.
Everyone has a dream location within their minds. That being said, it isn’t always palatable to take 135 people to Tahiti for a wedding ceremony. From the time you become engaged it is important to be on the lookout for your venue as this will determine whether you need to search for vendors or if those are already included with said venue.
On another note, if the venue does not include vendors, the best approach to find your own is to go to different bridal, and exhibition shows. Vendors generally take the best of what they offer with them to these shows, whether it be food, flowers, photography, or décor.
The location of the ceremony and guests go hand-in-hand. With 25 guests, there is no reason to find a huge venue, or vice-versa, you should not cram 200 guests into a miniscule venue. We advise our couples to create a list and go through it at least twice to be certain everyone makes the cut!
These are the largest and most important stepping stones each couple crosses when planning their wedding. We advise you to leave yourself plenty of time so you will not become overwhelmed with deadlines and stress. After all, this is supposed to be one of the biggest days of your life! Why make it stressful?