by Sharon Auld
You’ve just announced your engagement and the questions have already started! How were you proposed to? Have you set a date? Where are you getting married? With your no doubt already busy schedule, the wonderful world of being a bride to be can get overwhelming pretty quickly!
Know how you’re going to handle all those questions! Short of secretly planning your wedding for months before announcing your engagement, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll have all the answers right away! Know how you’re going to respond to not only the questions but also to all the advice and offers to help from your well-meaning friends and family. It’s best, to be honest and let them know that you’ve just started and you’re going to take some time to figure things out. Once you’ve had a chance to sort a few things out, be clear with your loved ones on how you’d like them to help. Know what you want and communicate early on what level of involvement you are wanting from them.
Next step, hire a planner! I’m a little biased, but hiring a planner is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your wedding. I don’t know about other planners, but we like to be involved in the planning process of our brides right from the start. We’ll sit down with you and help you sort out your growing to-do list, help you prioritize and recommend vendors that might best suit you. Really, we’ll walk you through the entire planning process. We’ve literally been in your shoes before (many times) and we recognize that this is likely a new experience for you.
Discussing your wedding vision with your significant other should also be high on your priority list. While it’s important to take some time to just enjoy being a betrothed couple, the sooner you start talking about your combined wedding vision the sooner you can start planning a wedding that is a true reflection of who you are. As planners, we love to learn all about our couples and who they are! Once you have a vision of the type of wedding you are wanting (and your wedding style as a couple), your wedding planning will fall into place. You’ll have a clearer vision of the types of vendors you’ll want to hire and you’ll be better prepared to answer their questions too.
For more planning tips, check out our post as well: What to Do Now that You’re Engaged
And here’s a great article on Martha Stewart Weddings on Caring For Your Engagement and Wedding Ring