Photo Credit: Winnie Vita Photography
Congratulations! You’re engaged! You finally have that ring and you can’t wait to get started planning your big day. But don’t jump the gun just yet on picking out your dress, there are still some super important tasks you need to get out of the way first.
Here are 10 Things You Need To Do After You Get Engaged
Get Your Ring Sized
After you’ve gone through an exciting first night together as an engaged couple, get that ring sized! I know you want to show off your big rock to everyone at the office and to family or friends, but you don’t want it to slip off your finger because it was too big, or maybe you can’t wear it at all because it’s just too small! Take the ring the jeweler your fiance got your ring at because they will likely be able to size it for you for free. Even if the jeweler needs to keep your sparkler for a few days, don’t worry, you’ll have the rest of your life to wear it!
2. Get Your Ring Insured
Get your ring insured? What? I know, it’s the last thing you want to do because it seems like another added cost to your wedding but it’s going to be worth it if it’s ever lost or stolen. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you can actually call them to get your ring on your policy. Make sure your future wifey or hubby provides you with the paperwork from the jeweler so the insurance company knows its worth.
3. Set a Date Month and Year
Even if you’re not ready to set an actual wedding date, get an idea of what month and year you want to get married. It may depend on the availability of your ideal venue so make sure you are flexible with your date. A lot of venues in the Hudson Valley are booked solid a year to a year and a half out. After all, people will ask “when are you getting married?” so having a month and year set will help them feel included and may leave you feeling less stressed.
4. Plan Your Engagement Party
If you’re planning on getting your family and friends together to celebrate your engagement, now is the time to start planning! Figure out how many people you want to invite, what venue you’ll have it in (it can even be as simple as hosting guests in your own home), what type of food you will serve, and any decorations you plan on having to make the venue pop! If you’re just too overwhelmed to even think about planning your engagement party, it might be a good idea to hire a planner to help you out.
5. Start a Pinterest Board
Now that you are starting to come down from the high of being engaged and you’ve gotten your ring sized and insured, it’s time to start planning! Create a specific Pinterest board (if you haven’t already) with specific colors you have in mind for your big day, the type of venue that fits your style, and wedding dresses, groom suits, bridesmaids dresses, and groomsmen suits. If you want to stay trendy for 2018, Pantone just released it’s 2018 Color Palette of the Year as Metallics! While Greenery was the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Metallics seems like it’s going to take over 2018!
6. Pick a Region for Your Wedding
Maybe you have family in Florida or friends all over the country but you live in the Hudson Valley and you’re not sure where to have your wedding. It’s best to pick either a central location where most of you family and friends will have an easy time traveling to or if you have family and friends that are mostly located in the Hudson Valley, it might be best to choose a local venue so you aren’t making your guests travel near and far for your big day. If you really want a destination wedding, be sure the family and friends you must have at your wedding are OK with the idea. Because while your wedding is YOUR day, it’s important to remember that it’s also about celebrating and sharing that day with your friends and family members as well.
7. Research Wedding Venues
Now that you have chosen where exactly you want to have your wedding, it’s time to start doing some venue research! This is where it starts to get really fun. While it may seem premature for just being engaged for a few weeks, it’s important to start doing your research on wedding venues because like I mentioned earlier, some venues get booked quickly! Some, two to three years in advance! If you want a barn wedding, start researching barns in the Hudson Valley or wherever you’re looking to celebrate your big day. These venues tend to book up quickly because they usually only offer one wedding per weekend and only operate during the spring – early fall. If you’re not sure what type of venue you want your wedding to be, a wedding planner can help take some of the stress away by providing some options.
8. Start a Wedding Savings Account
Weddings can get expensive! Even if you plan on sticking to a budget, things pop up here and there that are unexpected and you might not want to compromise your experience for a few more bucks. So a wedding savings account can help you have some cushion for not only the big day but for unforeseen expenses that may come your way during the process. Apps like Qapital and Digit are great for helping you save with very little effort.
9. Ask Your Parents for Their Ideal Guest List & Create Your Guest List
While you may have an idea of who you want to invite on your side and your future spouse’s side, you want to leave room for guests that your parents want to invite as well. Even though it’s yours and your future wife or hubby’s big day, it’s also about your parents celebrating the send off of their child. It’s a good idea to get their guest list together in the beginning so you can sit down and talk about how you can keep the list down and stay within your desired budget. Taking care of this early will definitely help to take some stress off you, believe me!
10. Decide If You Want to Hire a Wedding Planner or Not
Determining a budget for your wedding can be difficult and can require a lot of research like: how much will the venue cost? Catering? Cake? Florist? Entertainment? Equipment vendors? Dress and tux? Insurance!? It can add up quick so in order to set a budget, you need to do your research first. This is where a wedding planner can come in handy, providing you with a strategic list of vendors and venues that are within the range you wish to spend on your big day.
As a wedding planner, I want to help you actually enjoy your engagement by helping you plan and execute your big day, stress-free! Send me an email and we can discuss your needs and expectations for your wedding day!
Photo Credit: Winnie Vita Photography