Just Got Engaged, Now What?

So you’ve got engaged, spent the past couple weeks (or maybe months) celebrating and now is the time for you to get the planning process started so you can have the wedding you always dreamed of. Just one problem, you’ve come to the realization that you don’t know where to start. Well have no fear we are here to help! We understand you don’t get to attend weddings every weekend like we do and more importantly you don’t get to witness the behind scenes machine that makes a wedding a success. So we compiled a couple helpful tips so you can take those first couple steps in making that dream a reality without the stress of learning as you go. Because after all, this should be fun and not feel like a second job. 

1.) Secure a date or better yet a couple dates

So before you do anything you must first decide on which day out of the 365 has the honor and privilege of being your anniversary date for the rest of your love story. Any venue or vendor you call will ask that popular question of “When is the big day?”. The main reason is we just want to make sure we have availability for what you are looking for. Your time is precious and important so we don’t want to waste your time or get your hopes up just to let you down by telling you that vision we just discussed will never happened because we are unavailable. In fact, we recommended having at least one or two back up dates. Why you ask? Well check out tip #2 to find out.

2.) Prioritize what is most important to both of you before you pick up that phone or send that email

Everybody is different. Which is a great thing because if not this world, and let’s be honest weddings, would be really boring. This why the most popular request we get from couples is they just want their wedding to stand out from all the other ones they have attended. Some will say the venue is the most important part of the decision making process. Others will say the DJ or entertainment tops the list while some will mention the food, photography or decor. The thing is there is no wrong or right answer to this question. Whatever your answer is will be the right one because your day should be a reflection of the two of you. With that said you want your first call to be to the vendor or venue that tops that list. It’s a top down approach to make sure you secure the most important things to you first. This is why having a couple dates in mind comes handy. That venue you love or that DJ you must have are probably just as popular with a lot of other people. In fact most popular vendors/venues usually book up around a year to a year and a half out! So having a few dates gives you a back up to go to in case they are already booked. After all we don’t want you to get discouraged right from the start!

3.) Get to know the people who you are relying on for your big day

It is so easy now a days to just send an email or make a phone call and get the information you need. And chances are you are already in love with the services or venue you want because of reviews, word of mouth or first hand experiences. With that said it is easy and convenient to just book without ever talking or meeting with the person or persons who have their hands directly involved in your wedding day. However, use that same technology to get to know them, their approach and their personalities. In person meetings, FaceTime or even a simple phone conversation will go a long way in putting you at ease and making sure you have the right people involved and not just the right venue or service provider. Remember that you have a while until your wedding date and if you met or talked with these people you are not stuck wondering if you made the right decision or worse yet regret the way your day was handled when it is too late to change anything.

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