Congrats on your engagement! We know this is an exciting and overwhelming time for you and your partner. We are here to help you get from engaged, to wedding day. Reaching out to a wedding planner can alleviate the stress you are feeling and create the day of your dreams. Our wedding architects at Esprit Errant are here to help you with all these tasks (and many, many more) to make your wedding run flawlessly.
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If the ring fits, great! If not, you’ll want to take it to your jeweler to get it sized. After all, you’d hate to throw thousands of dollars down the drain mere moments after getting engaged.
We know, we know—it’s not exactly the most romantic or exciting thing in the world, but it could wind up saving your butt in the long run. When added as an extension to your homeowner or renter’s insurance policy, it’s surprisingly inexpensive.
This is also a great time to get your nails done and get your ring cleaned. You want it to look incredible when you are showing it off!
Money talks, but unfortunately, no one likes to talk about money. It can be, well, awkward. However, this should be discussed shortly after you get engaged, before you move forward with your wedding plans. Be it between you and your future spouse, or the parents this part is a must. Gone are the days where the bride’s family is expected to pay for everything.
Our advice is that the wedding couple pick out three aspects of the wedding to build the budget around. Let’s say your 3 things are photography, food, and music; use these as your anchor when all the shiny objects of wedding planning threaten to bust the budget. Budgeting and planning for your wedding is a great way for you and your partner to work together to accomplish a goal!
Interested in adding engagement photos to your budget? Check out our post on Engagement Photo Outfits: How To Look & Feel Your Best to ensure you get the most out of your engagement shoot!
Whether you’re going big or keeping it small, being on the same page about this one early after getting engaged is so important. Get your family’s input if it matters to either of you, or if they’ll be footing the bill.
You don’t have to commit to a guest list yet, but knowing if you are expected to invite your 2nd cousin’s ex-husband’s new wife will help give you an estimate of your guest count. Once you’ve agreed on a guest count and budget you can commit to a venue.
There are pros and cons to both small and large weddings so it’s important to consider your priorities. It’s also a great time to discuss whether you will be having kids at your wedding. Knowing this far in advance will allow people to find babysitters and also prevent any hurt feelings.
Pick a date soon if you plan on getting hitched in the next year or two after you get engaged, as the most desirable wedding dates and venues get booked far in advance.
Since numerous 2020 weddings got postponed to 2021, finding available dates and venues might be harder than usual. Don’t be daunted by the idea of having a Friday or Sunday wedding! Most of the time these dates are cheaper and can save you tons of money you can use towards something else (like an awesome honeymoon!). Find out what works for both your families and if there are any potential conflicts.
Additionally, you and your partner should at least talk about timelines shortly after becoming engaged, so you’re both on the same page, and if you’re on a typical timeline (i.e., having your wedding 12 to 18 months after the proposal) you can get the show on the road. Align on a timeline (“Let’s say two summers from now,” or even, “I want a New Year’s Eve wedding!”) and work from there—it’s the most pragmatic starting point of wedding planning.
If you are thinking of a Destination Wedding, Now is the time to reach out to a Destination Wedding Planner so they can go over venue locations with you so you can secure your date. At Esprit Errant we are Destination Wedding Experts who can quickly help you find your dream location for your Destination Wedding! Reach out to us here to get started.
As soon as people find out you’re engaged, presents will likely start flowing in. It’s never too early to register, not only to help ensure you get something you like and need, but also to make it easier on friends and family who are trying to figure out what to buy you. This is doubly important if you plan on having an engagement party. Even if you don’t register for everything right away, at least try to decide on a few things for your list.
Try to limit your registry to three places (ideally, at two national stores and one local). This way, it’ll be easier to manage. Another bonus is that many stores have registry incentives such as free items, discounts, or bonuses when you reach a certain spending point for one brand (i.e. $500 of crate and barrel items entitles you to a free knife, etc.).
Additionally, we highly recommend Zola where you can create a wedding website, registry, create invites, and collect RSVPs all in one place. Anything left on your registry is 20% off for up to 6 months!
At Esprit Errant we love to help couples have the weddings of their dreams! We have been there before and would love to bring your wedding to life and make your wedding planning journey a stress free and enjoyable one!