All sort of emotions must be going through your head right now and probably you’re falling asleep every night whilst you stare at your sparkling new engagement ring- smiling (or was this just me?!).
Now breathe… It’s going to be OK!
You are going to plan one of the best days of your life, and it’s going to be absolutely amazing! Your friends and family are already planning their outfits for your big day!
Like with any good planning, it’s time to get those lists going, so you can give yourself time for all the little details and enjoy every single moment! I’m all about a good old pen and paper, but there are many apps to help you stay organised.
Here’s my list of 7 things to do after you just got engaged:
1. Plan an engagement session
This time will fly by and you may want to remember it properly. One of the best ways to do so is to plan an engagement session with a professional photographer – why not, your future wedding photographer? Believe me, it will never be the same once you’ve said your vows, and it’s also a great way to get to know your wedding photographer better and see what it means to be in front of a camera. The photos could easily be used for wedding invites or save the date, too! Win win! If you’re not sure how to prepare for this, here’s some thoughts on how to prepare for an engagement session.
2.Think About A Date
But be flexible in case your dream location has limited available dates.
3. Discuss a Budget / Wedding Savings Account
You probably knew it was coming (or maybe it was a complete surprise) but now it’s time to add up those coins and see how much you’re willing to spend and how much parents can get involved to help. Be prepared to go over your set budget with a bit if your dream vendor is out of your price range.
4. Gather Inspiration
Oh, Pinterest, dear Pinterest!
Need I say more? It is a good idea to sit with your now fiancé (yes, it’s OK to call him this every 5 minutes) and see what you both like for decorations, colour theme and maybe some alternative wedding ideas. You can also check some wedding reception ideas we’ve gathered from all the fantastic weddings we shot lately. There are so many DIY wedding projects you could actually do yourself if you wanted to save up a bit.
For more wedding inspiration and swooning, you can visit Junebug Weddings, Magnolia Rouge, Love My Dress, Green Wedding Shoes to name only a few.
5. Draft a Guest List
Is it going to be a large wedding with all your long lost cousins invited or maybe a more intimate event, with your dearest and closest ones witnessing? If it’s an intimate wedding or an elopement, please, can we be your wedding photographers??
6. Research High Priority Vendors
Depending on the number of your guests and the type of event you have in mind, you need to be pretty quick in hiring that wedding venue. Wedding barns in England are booked up even 2 years in advance (here’s a list of our top 10 favourite barn wedding venues to give you a head start) but there’s other options available, too. A marquee or a tipi wedding is always more relaxed (not necessarily cheaper though) or maybe you could go for a restaurant, your parents property or a pub in the countryside.
Just like wedding venues, good photographers and videographers are booked up pretty far in advance, so you may not want to leave this to the very last minute (and no, you can not ask your uncle Bob to snap some photos of the day trying to save up some money!). Same with catering, florists, marquees , ceremony venue/church. Other vendors to consider are: wedding bands (might take a while to find the right one), invitations and paper goods, photo boots, bridesmaids dresses.
7. Shop Wedding Dresses!
One very exciting moment when it suddenly hits you that you are actually getting married is trying on wedding dresses. It’s a good time to see what suits your figure, what you love and also some prices (just make sure you are seated for this). Keep in mind that most boutiques have Winter sales or end of the season sales and there’s also vintage shops for wedding dresses or maybe you preferred a custom wedding dress? Either way, it’s always worth making an appointment to try on some wedding dresses. Who knows, you might find The One pretty quickly!