In the United States alone, over 2 million people will get engaged in 2015.
If you recently became engaged then you know it’s one of the happiest and memorable days of your life. It’s a day where you and your partner smile from ear to ear with excitement as you embark on this new journey together. You will get texts and calls all day from friends and family congratulating you. Once that part passes, you will mostly likely start preparing for the big day.
DJMC Entertainment has worked with many brides in New Jersey over the last 27 years. Here are some tips on what to do after you get engaged.
Things can start getting overwhelming fast so it’s important to take it slow. Are you in a rush to get married? If you’re not, take the time to enjoy your new engagement and calling your significant other by “fiance”. Since you posted your engagement ring on Facebook and Instagram, you have probably been asked a hundred times, “Where will the venue be?”. Even if you have a date in mind, you should hold off on planning until both you and your partner are ready.
This tip is mostly for the guys out there but remember to stay involved. Having the conversations about arrangements and venues with your significant other will prove to be beneficial for the both of you. Yes, picking out flowers can be boring but being there and providing feedback is important.
Stay organized from the very beginning. Get yourself a binder to keep all of your wedding documents such as contracts from vendors, budgeting information and anything important relating to the wedding. Setup some reminders on your phone and mark some dates on your calendar. You will be working with different vendors and service providers which means keeping track of payments and deposits. You will be thankful you kept this all in once place, trust us.
Once you have your things organized you will to start planning. It’s always good to begin with your budget becauseit will let you know what you can afford and what is out of the question. It helps eliminate options and keep you focused. You will have to ask yourself questions like “do I want it?” or “do I need it?”. It’s also a good time to get a piggy-bank or have some type of jar to keep for loose change. You will be surprised how fast your change adds up. There are things like favors for the groomsmen that you might forget to budget out. That’s when you crack that piggy bank. If you don’t need it, even better. More for the honeymoon budget!
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is the venue. When and where your wedding will be held will be one of the hardest if not the hardest decision you’re going to make throughout this process. The good thing is that once you get this out of the way, the rest of the planning will begin to fit around the venue. You will probably make color palette choices and flower arrangements based on the theme from the venue.
When you are visiting potential venues, keep in mind a rough head count. Some venues will allow for more guests than others.
When you get there, you should have a list of questions ready to ask. This goes for all the vendors you meet. If you don’t have a list, you will surely forget to ask as you get distracted with the conversation.
You might think that having a binder and a notebook full of questions is overkill but you will appreciate it when you are in 5 different conversations with 5 different vendors. You can just jot down the notes on your phone and forget about the notebook if you don’t want to be carrying it around.
Remember to plan the wedding at a pace that you are comfortable with. If you’re not having fun with it you’re doing it wrong.