Thursday, January 17, 2013

Engaged? Wondering what to do first?


Photo Credit: Helzberg



The Holiday season is always big for engagements.  This year was no differnt, even George Lucas got engaged.

I remember when Hubby and I got engaged, I was like this awesome, but I have no idea how to plan a wedding, where do I start?  I looked and looked for a book that would lay the whole process out like a road map.  Like, Step 1, buy a dress - Step 2 find a church. 

But, let me assure you, there is no such book.  There are plenty of books that tell you how to do each step, but not where to start.

This is my answer to that.  Over the next 8 weeks, I will get you ready.  Help you navigate the first few months of being engaged, help you get organized and get you on your way to planning the biggest day of your (as some would say) life.  So after you have taken a couple of days (or weeks) to just enjoy the moment. 

Let's Get Started.


Step #1

Inspiration Board.

I know that (despite what the film industry thinks) there are so many out there who exactly have not been planning their wedding since they were 5 years old.  Many of us had envisioned it, but not actually started planning beyond day dreams.  Get yourself a poster board and a some bridal magazines, cut out everything that you like.  Dresses, colors, favors, flowers, anything.  go through that stack and narrow that stack down to the things that your really love.  Compare them to each other, eliminate the ones that you can live without.  Decorate the board and hang in your home office or somewhere were you are going to see it.  It would also be a good idea to start an on-line on Pinterest.

Step #2

Budget

This is the ugliest part of wedding planning.  Who will be helping?  Get these conversation out of the way early.  This will help you figure out lots of things, it will help you allocate how much to spend on each aspect of your wedding.  I found the best chart on Weddings by Lilly, that breaks down these costs.  You really want to know how much you can afford to spend when you are start looking at venues.

My best suggestion is that during the budget process is that everyone needs to be as honest as possible.  It is better to know how much support you can expect.  It is also a good idea to sit down with your fiance before bring parents into the discussion, to determine a number you are both comfortable contributing.

These are enough things to think about this week.  Next week, we will work on putting together your bridal party and how to pick the date of your big day.

Good Luck!

~Cyn

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