Happy Holidays everyone! This time of year signals the beginning of engagement season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, to New Year’s to Valentine’s Day, you can expect to hear of lots of couples getting engaged.
According to Wedding Wire’s 2019 Newlywed Report, 19 percent of engagements occur during the month of December, with Christmas Day seeing the most engagements. But all in all, the stretch from Thanksgiving to February sees the most engagements compared to any other time of year.
Whether you know a proposal is coming or you just got engaged during this joyous engagement season, there are immediately important things for you to set your sights on as soon as your partner slips that ring onto your finger.
1. Call the VIPs
Yep, make the announcement to your closest family and friends. You definitely want them to get the news from YOU and not anyone else. While you’re at it, call up your bridal party too. The earlier you ask your friends to be a part of your wedding the better.
2. Think About Your Wedding Style
If you’re like most brides you may already have an idea of the style of wedding you want. If not, start thinking about you and your fiance’s individual and collective style, so that your wedding will be a reflection of both of you. For instance, consider if your style is more traditional, modern, or maybe glamorous. If you choose traditional, maybe you would like to marry in a church. If you consider yourself to be modern, maybe you would consider marrying in a park, museum or hotel ballroom, just to name a few.
3. Money, Money, Moneeeey
You and your fiance should have a talk about your wedding budget BEFORE you make any wedding plans. Be sure to bring in all contributors: parents, grandparents and anyone else who is paying for your wedding. Set a figure that is realistic, within your means, and agreed upon by all parties.
4. Consider a Planner
If you are considering hiring a wedding planner, be sure to engage him/her at the BEGINNING of the planning process. This can save you so much time and money, I promise :-). We know the right people and places to connect you to and since we have planned more weddings than you, we can educate you on how to do things the right way! And remember, most planners offer different levels of service, so at the very least hire a planner for day of coordination, so that you can relax on your wedding weekend and not worry about anything going wrong.
5. Hire the Pros
This will include selecting a ceremony and reception venue, photographer, entertainment, caterer and more. If you choose to work with a wedding planner, he or she will be able to refer you to reputable vendors in each of the categories above, that fit your style and budget. If not, just remember that wedding professionals can get booked very quickly, so contact them as soon as possible.