So You're Engaged...Here's What To Do First!

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You’re engaged! Pop a bottle of champagne, because it’s time to celebrate.

But when you wake up the next day and realize it’s time to start planning, here’s how to dive in.

Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off, you’ll need to start making quite a lot of decisions. Here are some of the most important things you need to do to start off your wedding planning.

The second you get engaged, you will be getting a text from everyone asking for your wedding date. In reality, you won’t have a set date until you make the big decisions like booking your venue. First, you need to determine a range of dates that’ll work for you.

Style & Location

Before you try on several gowns or book a band, look at the big picture: what kind of style/vibe are you trying to set for your wedding? Where are you holding it? A garden wedding? Is it going to be indoors? Will you have a destination wedding? Or a rustic wedding? Make sure you spend time gathering information and most importantly, inspiration.


Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone in your family is contributing. This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you begin planning!

Registration (For Your Engagement Party, of course!)

Trust us when we say, everyone will appreciate you registering your engagement party early. However, don’t include registry information in your engagement party invitations or in any other formal matter.

Wedding Party

The earlier you ask people to become bridesmaids and groomsmen, the sooner you can enlist their help!

Consider a Consultant

For a busy couple that have demanding jobs, it might be easier to consider a full-time wedding planner to help you prepare your entire event, from engagement party to honeymoon. If anything, you could also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint at the very least!


And now the best part: looking for inspiration for dresses. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the lingo and print out your favorite type of dresses before your first appointment with us. The season your wedding will take place in will affect your choice. Summer wedding? Lightweight fabrics will become your best friend. Winter wedding? Velvet or faux fur will keep you warm. If you’re looking for an all-around type of fabric, try a satin too!

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