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5 Important Things to do After Getting Engaged (plus one bonus tip)

Being engaged is incredibly exciting, but Conni and I know it can also be touch overwhelming . We want to help you get your wedding planning off to a good start  by sharing 5 Important things to do after getting engaged (plus one bonus tip)!!

The night my husband asked me to marry him I could barely sleep.  I walked around in a fog for days so excited that I had moved from girlfriend to fiancé. We had a relatively short engagement (5 months) so we moved into planning immediately and didn’t really slow down until we were on a plane to Cuba for our honeymoon. Looking back I wish somebody had sat me down and given me some practical advice about making wedding plans.  Having a list of important things to do after getting engaged would have helped me focus and totally would have taken away some of my stress. You may have recently gotten engaged or maybe your best friend just got engaged and now you’re wanting to dive into wedding planning right away – so we thought we’d break things down to the first 5 things you need to do after you are engaged.  (of course after you take the time to bask in being a fiancé and watching your ring sparkle in the sunlight ;))

Ok — now on to 5 important things to do after getting engaged:
#1. Figure out a date and rough timeline
The date is a given, however it’s also important to have an idea what kind of day you want to have.  Are you going to have a very traditional type timeline with an afternoon ceremony and cocktails at 5pm?  Or does a morning ceremony with a brunch reception fit your style better?  Figure out if you want traditional formal photos between the ceremony and reception, or if you want a later ceremony with a first look before hand!  These will be important decisions as you find a venue that’s available for the timeline you want!
#2. Pick your top 3 wants and needs
Each of you create a list of the items you want and feel are priorities for your wedding day.  My personal list would look something like 1) Photos 2) Food 3)Dress  My husband’s list would have been 1) Bar 2)Venue 3) Music.  As you work out the details you get an idea of how you are going to budget your wedding and what the two of you value most which leads to #3…
#3 Set a budget
Even if you aren’t budget type people – a wedding is one of those parties that can get away from you if you aren’t careful.  Set an overall budget and then use your lists from the previous point to dial down and decide what is the most important things to splurge on and where you can save or save up (if you need to).  This is especially important to do before you start meeting vendors.
#4 Guest List Priorities
Prior to booking anything you need to have an idea of how many people your venue/caterer etc need to factor in.  Get a rough outline of a guest list and be sure to consult your families in the process.  List out your MUST HAVE people in your original draft.  This will allow you to weed out any venues that might not fit your guest list needs.
#5 Book important vendors 
We recommend starting with the venue so that your wedding date is set and the venue booked.  After that you can relax a little as you figure out your favourite vendors for your photography, cake, florals, details, etc.  If you hire a wedding planner, they will have a good list of vendors to start with.  Friends/family often have recommendations as well!
BONUS TIP: Have fun!!
Make sure you take time to enjoy each other during this process!
  • paul - Beautiful imagery – I especially enjoyed the sense of mood your photos invoked.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Haires - Great tips!!!ReplyCancel

  • Scott Cameron - Love the bonus tip at the end!!!ReplyCancel

  • Luke Hayden - These photos are awesome and captured beautifullyReplyCancel

  • Bethany Bekolay - Simply AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sean - Can’t stop looking. inspirational stuffReplyCancel

  • Ashley Murno - I would love more information about your wedding services!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha - Reading your words and seeing your images go together so beautifully. Lovely lovely lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Hicks - These are absolutely beautiful – as always!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Dee - Do you guys shoot engagements and weddings?ReplyCancel

  • Aaron - Such great work. Captured so beautifully !ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Landry - Very cool – amazing bunch of tips!ReplyCancel

  • Mike - The first image is such a good way to start off this post!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - All killer, no filler!
    These are amazing tips! Thanks ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Shillabeer - completely swooning over here. In love with everything about this list.ReplyCancel

  • Mick Shaw - Always such great advice ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Peterson - Great tips! I just got engaged and these are really helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Editing on point! Amazing imagesReplyCancel

  • Mark - An absolutely stunning set with great tips to bootReplyCancel

  • Laura Rose - As always Lisa + Conni, great job ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love all the colors and feels from these photographs. Just gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Proctor - I wish I’d had this advice when I got married! Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - I haven’t read such a useful tips collection for a long time. You did it of it very priceless compendium of good advices for bride and groom. After reading this everyone will know much better how to organize perfect wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Chattsworth - oh my gosh – this is the BEST write up! i want to direct all my people to your site to read this! 🙂 I so so agree with you on all of this – such good advice, I love that you shared this!ReplyCancel

  • Sydney - Love this wedding timeline advice! It’s so helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Ross - Creating a wedding timeline can be tricky as a bride, but these tips for planning the wedding day are great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Davenport - This is such a great article!!!! And I love every single image you used. So good!!! 😻ReplyCancel

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