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10 Things To Do After Getting Engaged

There are so many important decisions to make when it comes to planning your perfect wedding that you may not know where to start. Don’t get too overwhelmed. Here are a few things you need to do after you get engaged.

  1. Set up a time line. How long would you like to be engaged before you get married? Think about your ideal wedding date and how long you will need to prepare. Also, keep in mind that many wedding vendors can start booking a year in advance. On average, engagements can last from six months to eighteen months or more.
  2. Set up a budget. You need to determine who will be paying for the wedding. If the expenses will be split between multiple people, you will need to discuss with all parties how much they are willing to contribute.
  3. Consider a wedding consultant. First, you will need to determine if hiring a wedding consultant will fit in your budget. Then, determine if you are in need of a full-time, part-time or day-of coordinator. A wedding consultant can be particularly helpful if you are super-busy with your everyday life.
  4. Envision your wedding style. Are you looking for a casual, informal event or a formal black-tie event? This may be affected by your budget as well. Typically, the more formal the event, the more expensive it will be. Once you have your style decided, you can focus on selecting vendors that fit with your overall vision.
  5. Decide on a date. This may be more difficult than you think. Think of the time of year you would like to get married, but also make sure you give yourself adequate time to prepare. If you get engaged around the holidays, but want a summer wedding, be sure you have the time to get everything together in a few months. Also, if you have your heart set on a particular vendor, their availability may affect your decision. Remember your budget when making this decision as well. Typically, Saturdays, summer and evenings tend to be more costly.
  6. Announce your engagement. Contact your local newspapers. Most publications will have a form for you to fill out and submit for printing. Some will also allow a picture to be submitted.
  7. Choose your attendants. The sooner you select these important people, the sooner you can enlist their help in the planning process. It is a great honor to be selected as a wedding attendant. However, also be considerate of their time and make sure you show your appreciation to them.
  8. Choose a location. Decide whether you want to have your wedding in your hometown or your current town, if they are not the same place. Based on your budget and wedding style, consider ceremony and reception locations either separately or at one location.
  9. Make a guest list. Your location and budget will play a major role in your guest list. Obviously, the more guests you invite the larger the bill. Also, if you are set on a particular location and it can only hold a certain number of guests, you may be restricted on who you invite. Also, talk with your parents and future in-laws to come up with lists of relatives and friends they may want to include.
  10. Start gown shopping. It is never too early to start thinking about your dress. Before you visit the dress salons to try on dresses be sure to do some research. Look through bridal magazines to get an idea of styles you like. Then you can narrow it down when you do go to the salons.

With this list of tasks to complete, you are well on your way to planning the perfect wedding.