8 Things to Do After Getting Engaged
Let’s kick-start the wedding planning process!
Ahh, the moment you’ve been waiting for! You’re engaged and getting married. It may all feel like a dream, but it’s definitely happening, and there are so many things to think about, so many people to connect with, and so much to get done. We understand you may be so ready to share the news with all your friends and dive into the actual wedding planning asap! Pinterest boards, venue searching, blogs, dress shopping…all. the. things. While the average engagement lasts a year to a year-and-a-half, there are certain things you’ll want to get done right away.
- Call Your Parents
And your best friends and siblings, too. We don’t want these VIPs to hear about your new status via social media so call them up or visit to tell them the oh so happy news.
- Take a Breath!
Don’t jump into wedding planning right away. Take a week or two to just enjoy this moment with each other!
- Think About a Date or Season
The most desirable wedding dates/venues (and vendors!) get booked far in advance so it’s a good idea to start thinking about dates now. Find out what works for you and your partner and if there are any potential conflicts with close family.
- Start Your Guest List
Whether you’re keeping it small or going big, getting on the same page about who’s going to be invited is so important. Get your family’s input if it matters to either of you or if they will be helping pay for the wedding (in which case they may want a say in that guest list!). Once you’ve agreed on a rough guest count and budget, you can start looking at venues!
- Discuss a Budget (link to other blog post)
Before you can really move forward with any of your wedding plans, this is a discussion that has to be had, be it between you two, or you both, and the parents contributing.
- Research Wedding Venues
You can’t book a date until you’ve nailed down your dream venue! Do some research online first and then email or call to get more information on pricing (ask about minimums) and availability.
- Gather Inspiration!
Create a Pinterest board, save photos on Instagram, create a Google Doc or a folder on your computer to compile images of your favorite wedding elements! Use it to keep yourself organized and focused on your likes or share with your wedding planner, mom, friends, fiancé, whoever!
- Interview Planners and/or Vendors
If you’re considering hiring a professional wedding planner (like us!) to help with planning & logistics and/or design, ask around for references and do a little online research. Then set up some consultation calls to chat through what your looking for and their package options. For the vendor referrals alone, a wedding planner is totally worth it, and they will help you navigate all the to-dos for planning your amazing wedding day!
Francesca Dominique Photography