Engagement season has come and gone which means wedding planning season is in full swing! Brides-to-be across the Magic City are getting their checklists in order so we thought we should bring in a professional wedding planner to help them get started on the right foot! Rachael Grammer of Two Hearts Weddings is sharing the first five things a bride should do after getting engaged!
Resist announcing your engagement on social media until you’ve had a chance to call and tell your folks. That’s the last place they should learn of your engagement. Also resist asking people to be in your wedding party or saying yes to someone’s inquiry of being on your guest list until you’ve done your homework and established what you have to spend. This helps to avoid some potentially awkward situations later on.
Get insured! Add that beautiful new ring to your home owner’s or renter’s insurance. The policy is not that expensive and so worth it if/when you need it. Trust me… I know!
Enjoy the moment and don’t jump into wedding planning right away. Bask in that newly-engaged glow. Have you noticed how awesome your hand looks on the steering wheel of your car now? Amen, sister! Also, it’s so easy to become consumed with wedding planning. Set some rules early on by establishing a “no wedding planning” day each week. It’s important to focus on real life and your relationship. Remind that guy of yours why he wants to marry you in the first place!
Be sure to budget before booking any vendors. You and your fiancé need to have a conversation first about the type of wedding you both envision to ensure you’re on the same page! Follow that up with a frank conversation with your parents about funds they are willing to contribute. It’s also important to reserve a little of the total fund for those unexpected costs that WILL undoubtedly come up later in the planning process. And no matter where your total budget ends up, be okay with it. Don’t start your marriage off in debt!
Decide on your wedding date! Determine your desired month or time of the year you wish to be married, but do not set a specific date. You need to be open to more than one date because your dream venue is most likely the dream venue for several other brides! Once the venue and date are established then you can begin the search for all of your other vendors.