1. How you should tell friends and family
With social media at your finger tips these days, it's very easy to get the word out by snapping a photo of your new bling and share it across all social media platforms in seconds. It is extremely important to remember that, although this is an exciting time for you and your significant other and you want to scream your happy news from the rooftops, it pays to make sure the important people in your life - parents, siblings, grandparents, other close family members and friends - find out directly from you rather than through a facebook or instagram post.
2. Discuss what type of wedding you want - lay out what you both want in terms of look, feel, color and scheme
Do you want something big and local or are you looking for something small and intimate and more destination based? Are there certain traditions and cultures that need to be incorporated into the day? Are you going to be having a religious ceremony? What feel are you going for: Romantic? Timeless? What colors are you leaning towards? All these will of course come up through out the planning process and, when you start meeting with your team of vendors and wedding planner, its good to have a clear idea of what you're envisioning for the wedding and whether you have any "must haves" that need to be addressed. We would suggest not only doing this with each other but also with anyone you believe will be involved or otherwise invested in the process (such as parents, grandparents, etc.).
3. Set a budget
Oh, the big "B" word - budget is always a tough one. It is great to set an ideal budget from the get go and to address “who” will be paying for the wedding. This will allow you and your wedding planner to determine how funds should best be allocated. Also, it's good to figure out in advance what your budget covers and whether your budget is firm or has a bit of wiggle room.
4. Hire a wedding planner and breathe
This probably sounds biased coming from a wedding planner but hiring us seriously allows you to sit back and enjoy your engagement. We know our craft and the industry very well and have vetted who we think are the best of the best for your wedding day. We have a knack for style and making your dream day a reality. Also, depending on your arrangement, we can handle a lot of the leg work and coordination that create a lot of stress in the lead up to your wedding. Remember you only get engaged once. So have fun! Relax! Enjoy it.
5. Picking a venue and date
Being flexible on the date of your wedding will go a long way to helping you nab the venue of your dreams. On the flipside, if you're dead set on a wedding date, you're going to need to be very flexible when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. A general rule of thumb is that popular wedding dates are on the weekends between memorial day and labor day and those dates fill up between a year and a year and a half in advance.