Raise your hand if you got a ring this Christmas!! What an exciting time it is to be a newly engaged couple. With all the love in the air, you might not even be thinking about what the next steps are – but we're here to give you a hand. In preparation for planning for the big day, we're dropping in five tips for the newly engaged couple, so you're sure to get the most out of this fun season while prioritizing what's most important in your lives. Keep scrolling to see the tips and cheers to the engaged couple!
Pictured above: The Maryashley Dress
First things first – CELEBRATE! I mean, you're engaged now! The best way to kick off this season is to get together with your closest friends and family. Throwing a party or going out for an evening meal is the perfect way to celebrate saying, "Yes!" to the love of your life.
2. Set a Budget
Probably one of the most important things you'll do before you start booking your vendors is setting a budget. Talk with your fiancé about how spending will be divided up. If both sets of parents are wanting to be involved, you'll want to make sure and include them in this convo too. When setting your budget, make sure you set a price range (10-20K) instead of choosing a set amount. If you choose a set amount, you're likely to go over budget compared to setting a price range. This is one of the most important tasks to accomplish first, because this number sets the mood for how much you can spend where.
3. Make a Mood Board
When it's time to start thinking through what you want the wedding to be like, make a mood board. This is a compilation of images that help you see your wedding theme wholistically. That Pinterest board you've been making since you were 12? It's time to pull that baby out! Choose imagery that fits the style, color and overall theme you are looking to encapsulate on your wedding day. Not only does this help you (and your wedding planner) get a better idea of what you like – but it also helps you stick to the plan. You'll be less likely to sway if you are constantly being reminded of your wedding style, colors, and theme.
4. Decide When You Plan
Even though this is a fun season, it can be overwhelming unless you set some boundaries. Talk with your fiancé about what days and times you'll set aside to plan for the wedding. It's a busy time, but you'll want to enjoy this time of planning – not dread it. When you set aside time devoted to planning for the big day, you'll look forward to it. The time will be more meaningful and you'll get more done in that planning period.
5. Set Aside Weekly Dates
Keep the fun alive in this special season with weekly dates! Choose a day each week that you and your fiancé can get together to spend some quality one-on-one time or go on a date. You will cherish these sweet moments that you get to spend with one another, alongside planning for the wedding day. These don't have to be extravagant. It can be anything from dinner, a movie night, or even a board game night. This weekly date will help you both reconnect. There's only one rule though – NO wedding planning during this date! Let this be a time of relaxation and fun!