I'm Engaged, Now What?

Congratulation! You’re engaged, now what?
Knowing where and when to begin can be overwhelming! Here are 10 things you should do once you are engaged.

1. Call your VIPS
Share the big news with your inner circle before updating your status on Facebook. It’s not cool for your acupuncturist and hairdresser to find out before your extended family.

2. Get a manicure
Everyone’s eyes will be on your hand, so grab your BFF, splurge on a professional mani, and start showing off that sparkler!

3. Enjoy the moment
Being engaged means you get to plan the wedding of your dreams. But it also means you’re about to spend the rest of your life with your soul mate. Take some time to savour how totally romantic that is before you dive into logistics

4. Start dreaming
This is the fun part: brainstorming with your man about the big day. Compare fantasies (tequila tastings, beach vows or a Venetian villa), and sign up for a Pinterest account to create an online inspiration board. Go crazy and think big- you can refine things after you’ve picked that all important venue.

5. Add it up
Ready to get down to the nitty-gritty? Settle on a rough guest list and budget. Without this, you can’t book the right venue and vendors for your price point.

6. Get out your calendar
Have a range of dates in mind before your tour venues. Are you imagining a spring garden wedding, or autumnal ‘I dos’ in the woods? Do you want a honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, or to cruise the Caribbean? The answers will help to steer you towards your ideal time of year. Tip: ask engaged friends when they’re getting hitched, so you can avoid those dates.

7. Hire a pro
If you want to work with a wedding planner, book them before you choose your venue. Or for Day of Coordination, book them about 6 months prior to your wedding.

8. Find a site
Your venue will influence every decision you make, from your colour scheme to the style of your dress, so pin this down early on. The key is to find a venue that works with your vision (black-tie ballroom, modern minimalistic). And don’t be afraid to think beyond the banquet hall.

9. Stay organized
This is not the kind of party you can throw together at the last minute. Stay on track by creating a timeline of your to-dos.

10. Book in-demand suppliers
Once you’ve secured a venue and date, start hunting for your celebrant, photographer, and band or DJ. Because these people often book one event per day, they get snapped up quickly. Pounce immediately.

*Article from Brides Magazine