I’m Engaged! Now What?

November 29th, 201012:00 pm

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I’m Engaged!  Now What?

Unless this is your second, third, or tenth proposal, chances are that once you have accepted that shiny ring to be worn on your finger that you have no idea what steps to take next.  Once you have calmed down from the excitement of becoming engaged, consider these as your next steps to help progress towards your wedding day:

Advertise your Engagement

Let people know that you’re engaged!  A lot of people find out that friends and family they haven’t spoken to for years have become engaged through social networking websites.  You can also consider sending along a silly eCard that tells everyone you’re off the market and getting hitched.  From that point on, most friends and family will expect your wedding to be within a year, year and a half.

Throw a Party

Engagement parties are far less common these days than they were 50 years ago, but why not relive the tradition?  Enjoy yourself and celebrate this fantastic milestone in your life with an engagement party!  This can be as simple as an elegant brunch at home with champagne and appies, or you can go all out and hit the clubs with the girls.

Pick a Date

Find a time of year that both you and your groom want to be married in.  If he doesn’t care, and if you don’t care, then consider having a winter wedding to cut down on wedding costs.  Start calling some reception sites you’re interested in and see what days of the week they have free.  Many brides and grooms pick their wedding date on what ever Saturday a particular reception site has free.

Finding Reception Sites

Unless you have friends who have already been married and gone through the hunt for the perfect wedding venue, you will have to do the research yourself. Several websites will offer the best (and the worst) reception sites that are in your area.  Start calling places and visiting them in person as soon as possible.  You should always book a reception site more than a year prior to your wedding if you really want to secure the location, and even that may not be leaving enough time.

Have Engagement Photos Taken

A great way to kick off your new life with your new partner is to have engagement photos taken.  These are not only a great memento, but they can be used on your wedding invitations that you will be making later on.  Most photographers can be hired on by the hour for $100-$300.

Start Thinking “Budget”

Now’s the time to start thinking realistically about how you and your groom are going to pay for this whole entire day.  As boring as it may be, you will be patting yourself on the back for creating this budget for yourselves later down the road when you have a credit card bill that is manageable.  No wedding should put you into debt; be realistic about how much you can save and how much you are willing to spend on your wedding.