He got down on one knee and made you the luckiest girl in the world. You’ve taken the perfect picture showing off your dazzling new accessory on your flawlessly manicured finger, posted it to social media, and the congratulations are pouring in. Two families will soon become one and everyone’s heart is aflutter with anticipation for you and your love to say, “I do”. Let’s be honest, you’re basking in the attention and you totally should, this is your time to shine! So, you're engaged! Now what? With engagement parties, pictures, planning and more, there is so much to do in so little time. We’re here to offer some helpful tips to give you a jump start on your journey to the altar.
INVEST IN AN ORGANIZER
It’s time to get prepared and gather your thoughts. Don’t underestimate the power of a good organizational planner, as time goes on you’ll be thankful you invested in one early on. It’s a great place to centralize your ideas and keep pertinent information from getting lost, like this one from Kate Spade. If you’re more of a digital gal and prefer things on your phone check out the Wedding Wire app where you’ll have access to set your budget, manage your vendors, draft your seating chart and more! Prefer to be more hands off? Hire an actual wedding planner who will do the planning for you! They love the industry, know all the best vendors, and are in on the latest bridal trends.
PICK YOUR WEDDING DATE
Saying “I do” will come faster than you think, so it’s time to pick a date so the rest can fall in place. With so many soon-to-be brides going through the same journey as you, the competition is out there so you’ll want to be the first to get dibs on your ideal date.
SET YOUR BUDGET
With all the hustle and bustle and wedding enchantment, it’s easy to get swept away. Setting a budget early on puts planning into perspective and keeps you level-headed when preparing for meetings with vendors. Setting a budget also allows further insight into how may guests you can afford along with how you’ll allocate the rest of your funds throughout various aspects of your wedding.
CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD
It’s our guilty pleasure, and chances are you already have one. It’s time to create a wedding Pinterest board to get your bridal aesthetic on lock down. Pinterest is a great place to get your entire bridal party familiar with your vision. Send them an invitation to pin to your board and make a party out of it, they’ll appreciate the involvement.
SECURE A VENUE
Once you’ve settled on your wedding date it’s time to scout the venues. Be prepared to secure your venue, should you fall in love, because dates and deals go quickly. Keep in mind your overall budget and don’t let excitement or persuasion have you tumble head over heels into a deal you can’t afford.
FIND YOUR DREAM DRESS
Don’t know where to start? Consider the type of gown you have in mind. Are you reconstructing your mothers old wedding dress or is it something you’ve seen in a magazine? Perhaps you have a design of your very own! Chances are, all the answers you’re looking for are already at your fingertips nestled in your very own home; your closet. Take a peek and identify what trends you tend to flock to and what necklines you veer towards the most. We’re all for taking risks but don’t go against the grain and select a style you’ve never tried. Stick to what you know works! Many brides love the element of surprise but often times leave their groom totally out of the loop. Ask for their opinion on a particular style, and get their take on what they can imagine you in. Once you get a general idea gathered you’re ready to start looking for your dream dress. If it’s something you can try on in the store just keep in mind most stores carry sample sizes and need at least 6-8 months for delivery & alterations. If you’re set on something custom, be sure to look up a wedding dress designer who specializes in custom dressmaking (ahem!) so you receive the highest quality work. Just remember to have fun and don’t feel pressured, at the end of the day you’ll look beautiful no matter what, and you have the final say.