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The Top 11
"First Things First" After You Get Engaged List .
Sorry, 10 just weren’t quite enough
So you’re engaged – congratulations! Now what? Of course each
couple and situation is different, but use this information as a
general guide to help you figure out the most pressing tasks for
1. Pick a wedding date (or approx. date).
I mean by approximate date, would be for example to start out saying
the first weekend in May or the 1st or 2nd
Saturday in May. Certainly you’ll have a date that will be your
first choice, but be prepared with a couple other options. Also
read our “Choosing Your Wedding Month in the Northwest” article -
2. As a couple, discuss the wedding’s ‘feel’.
Have a big discussion about what you each envision for your big day,
i.e., how many groomsman and bridesmaids to have (and who), how many
guests to invite, simple vs. formal, low budget vs. over-the-top,
type of reception, small ceremony somewhere else (destination
wedding), are you going to give it a theme, etc. You will find out a
LOT about each other’s preferences & wants. OK ladies, we
normally have quite a few opinions & wants for our weddings.
Honestly, some men might have only a very short list of things that
are important to them. Incorporate that short list if at all
Secure a ceremony & reception site as soon as possible.
your heart is set on a specific wedding location, this is where your
approximate wedding date selection may come in. Between the
two of you, you’ll have to decide which is more important – a
specific ceremony & reception location or a specific date. One other
note about your venue selection is to consider whether you want it
indoor or outdoor. Outdoor weddings are a bit risky in the Northwest
no matter what month it is!
Make a list of must-have services & supplies. For
example, photographer, cake, invitations, gown, decorations to some
degree, etc., would usually be considered standard. Then, create a
wish-list for additional things you’d like, but may depend on budget
5. Set a budget.
If this is
your first marriage, it’s probably appropriate to talk to parents
about wedding finances. Otherwise, decide how much you’re willing
to spend. Decide where your budget dollars are most important, and
which areas can have creative, inexpensive solutions. Access
NWweddingplace.com's free PDF 'Wedding Budget Tracker" file
HERE. Need ideas on
how to save money? Visit our
cheap-wedding-tips Blog now!
Secure groomsman and bridesmaids.
already discussed how many you’d like and potentially who they are.
Now it’s time to ask your chosen attendants if they are willing &
able to be there for you on your special day. Also read our "Advice
For Brides From a Bridesmaid's Perspective" and
"Asking Friends to
Be Bridesmaids" articles.
7. Start looking for ideas.
You may have
already been doing this, but if not, now is the time! Bridal shows
& events, stores, magazines, at other weddings, from friends &
family, NWweddingplace.com's Idea Gallery, DIY project pages &
e-newsletter are all excellent places to get ideas from.
Take note of creative ideas that you love, and that you’d like to
8. Pick your color scheme.
Decorations, floral, bridesmaids dresses and many other decisions
will depend on a color scheme. Get color scheme ideas
9. Find your gown, and make a bridesmaid dress decision.
need to be special ordered and potentially altered, which can take
up to 6-8 weeks. It’s nice to get this out of the way and taken
care of soon! See our "Best Gown for Your Body" & "Wedding
Dress Shopping Advice" articles for more info.
10. Begin to secure services that require lots of notice in
caterers, limos, florists, DJ’s or musicians, and wedding consultant
services are all companies that need to set your wedding date on
their calendars early. Other details can wait a bit, such as
decorations, cake (usually), getting guest party favors, etc.
Seek pre-marriage counseling.
planning a wedding can drive you nuts & fill up your free time.
However, remember that your wedding is only the very first day of
your married life. An exciting wonderful day, yes, but then
it’s done & on to daily living with your new spouse. Preparing
for marriage is truly MUCH higher on the priority scale in the grand
scheme of things. At the very least, take our pre-marriage survey
with your fiancé, have some big heart-to-heart discussions about
anything & everything, and/or get advice from happy couples who have
been married for many years. Their wisdom will be valuable.
Pre-marriage counseling is important!
that does it for our "Top 11 First-Things-First After Getting
Engaged List". Of course there are many more details that you’ll
eventually need to pin down during your planning process. Hopefully
this list will get you started in the right direction & thinking
about these more pressing tasks. Happy planning to you, and keep the
main thing – the main thing. You’re getting married and your
wedding is only the first day of the rest of your married life
together. NWweddingplace.com has more information, resources and
products available to help you plan your Northwest wedding and
successful marriage. Our planning and idea resources are extensive.
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