If you’re newly engaged, you’re probably swimming in a sea of excitement, and riding the swells of planning your wedding. However, after a week or two after getting engaged, you may feel like you’re beginning to drown. Planning your wedding is so special; however, it can be really overwhelming if you don’t set out on this journey with a map. I don’t want you to miss out on the most exciting time of your life by letting the wedding plan you, rather than the other way around. Let’s look at three things you can do after getting engaged.
1. Savor the Moment
For better or worse, we live in a digital age where there’s a feeling of, “If you don’t post it, it didn’t happen.” Do yourself a favor and reject that right now. You’re excited, there’s all these adorable “getting engaged” ideas on Pinterest, and you’re itching to see the “likes” explode. Take a breath…. Is that really how you want to begin your marriage? The best thing you can do for yourselves, and your families is to be fully present, and plan a considerate way to share the good news. Begin with your nuclear family and work your way out. (For more ways to honor your family throughout your wedding, click here).
2. Decide on a Budget
This is where a strategy is important. If you plunge headlong into planning with no clear boundaries, you’re going to get lost. Save yourself time, frustration, disappointment and money by writing a clear budget with allotted priorities. Setting a budget can even help you set a date! It’ll weed out venues that may be within your price range but have no availability, or it may open your eyes to the perks of seasonal pricing for a destination wedding. (See here for more about setting a wedding budget.)
3. Set a date
Review your schedules, look at seasonal rates for venues, and ask close family if they can arrange for travel/ time off around the date you’re considering.
Being intentional about your priorities will help you have an easier time with your planning. Most importantly, give yourself time to relish this unique chapter with every fiber of your being! Getting engaged should carry more joy than stress. Congratulations!