It was perfect; everything you ever imagined! After a rough week at work, you stopped at the store on the way home to pick up a bottle of your favorite red wine and everything you need to make an artisan cheese plate. It was cold and rainy and all you wanted to do was be alone by the fire. You make it up the stairs of your quaint apartment building and open the door but before you could step in, there is a book on the floor of the doorway. You pick it up and the lights turn on only for you to find the love of your life standing in front of you with a pen in his hand. He says “open the book.” You take a moment to put your keys and purse down and begin to open the book. Inside is a professionally published book of your love story. He insists you read it in its entirety before moving any further. At the end it reads, “Will You Marry Me?” He hands you the pen…the rest is history!
You are engaged! One of the most exhilarating moments of your life! Don’t make it a stressful time in the proceeding months. These seven tips will get you on the road to a smooth engagement and wedding planning process!
Step 1: Celebrate! Pop some bubbly and call all of your close family and friends to spread the news (if they aren’t already there)!
Step 2: Choose a date! One of the most important first steps.
Step 3: Choose a venue! If your money allows, I would recommend an alternative third step to find and hire a wedding planner. Some venues offer one (like Glendalough) but if they don’t, wedding planners can be very helpful in finding you a venue. Dates fill up fast so you want this step to be your top priority!
Step 4: Find your inspiration! And by inspiration I don’t mean theme. Themes can be limited so I encourage you to find your wedding style. Don’t limit yourself to one particular theme.
Step 5: Choose your bridal party and prepare to ask each of them!
Step 6: Find your wedding dress! This is extra important because if you find your dress at a designer bridal salon, it could take months for your dress to come in since it is ordered custom for you. You will need time to get it fitted and make any necessary alterations before the big day!
Step 7: Now it’s time for some fun! Start planning the wedding!