Monday, January 18, 2010

I’m Engaged! Now What?

Over the last several weekends, we were able to visit with so many of you recently engaged. Congratulations! I’m so excited, but you stop and ask yourself “Where do I even begin?” I’ve listed 5 of my favorite tips on getting started off on the right foot when it comes to planning your wedding. Take my advice below and let the planning begin!

1. Hire a planner
This is my best tip of the week. Have you even thought about hiring a planner? Planners don’t have to run the show, they just guide you throughout the process to prevent mistakes. Can’t afford a planner? How do you know? Believe me, it’s worth the time to investigate whether a planner is right for you. Great planners can save you tons of money and time. Plus they can help you find the best vendors for your DREAM TEAM to make sure you have a flawless day PLUS keep your sanity!

2. Decide on a Budget
This is one of the most important steps when it comes to the planning. Find out how much money you want to invest in your big day. Be realistic! Once you decid on a budget, then you can go out and begin investigating reception sites, but know what you have to spend before calling around town.

3. Pick a date“When are you getting married?” is the most common question asked as soon as you announce to the world you are getting married. Couples often come into the office with a specific date in mind. This can become very frustrating if your favorite reception venue is booked. Be flexible with your date and you’ll find you have more options available to you. Having a time of year in mind is beneficial when you are calling around.

4. Set up a calendar
In order to keep yourself organized and not frazzled, I strongly suggest setting up a “to do list”. By tackling too much at the beginning, you will get yourself in a panic mode. Take one step at a time! The first month secure the church and reception venue. The next month go out and find your photographer, etc. This will make the planning process seemed more relaxed and organized.

5. 3 ring binder
Get yourself a 3 ring binder. There is no reason to buy a wedding binder, just a plain 3 ring binder where you can keep all of your contracts, inspirations, and business cards. Carry it with you everywhere you go. You never know when you are going to have that inspirational moment.

By all means, relax and enjoy your engagement. It’s time to celebrate! Taking it one step at time is the best advice any planner can give you. Happy Planning!

Wedding Love and Hugs,



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