Tis’ the season for engagements, what an exciting time! There are so many things to plan & think about all at once! Since this period of time can turn into a whirlwind, we’ve created a check-list with key milestones & ideas to reference once you’ve called your loved ones to give them the good news. If you have a friend who is newly engaged, congratulate them with some of the gift suggestions Carson posted last month!
The Announcement – We all know the first thing to do is call your bestie & immediate family members (prepare for squeals & tears of joy). But how should you tell everyone else the great news? Calling every contact in your phone could take forever & updating your Facebook status is just a small part. Think outside the box! Send a custom postcard. If you’re tech savvy, make a short video & email it out.
Bridesmaids – If your bridesmaids are spread across the country, send a group email introducing them all to each other. If you haven’t chosen your bridesmaids yet, take a day or two to compile a list & discuss with your fiance how many people you’d like in your ideal wedding party & if there are family members either of you would like to include.
Wedding Email Address – Create an email account that both you & your fiance can access. This is a great organizational tool to keep all important venue contacts, vendor contracts & email drafts conveniently located in one place without getting lost amongst your personal inbox. Your address could be something as easy as MrandMrs_lastname@gmail.com. Sites like MyWedding & The Knot offer services where you can create both a wedding website & an email address.
Set A Date & Book A Venue – This may be the biggest hurdle regarding your wedding day, but it’s the most important. Discuss when you would like to hold your wedding. Make sure to consider factors such as: work schedules, previously booked travel dates (maybe a friend’s wedding you’ve already rsvp-ed to), special holidays or consider the “off-season” which may have more availability & lower cost. We wrote about why we love winter weddings not that long ago! The right venue will set the mood, convey your theme & should portray your personalities. Make sure to ask venues about available dates, payment plans, packages & unique features. It’s also important there’s enough room for your guests to boogie down!
Wedding Promise – With all the craziness going on, take time to sit with your fiance & write down what is most important to you. Not just the floral arrangements & cake. Write what you both vow to keep in mind no matter how stressful situations may get or how many people staying at your house the week of the wedding are driving you crazy. Reinforcing these key foundations will help you support each other through the thick & thin of planning!
Engagement Party – Traditionally thrown by the bride’s parents (but a member of the family or close friend is completely acceptable), remind your host that engagement parties can be casual & that your wedding is the formal celebration. You don’t have to have a fancy sit-down dinner. Think about hiring a food truck, passed appetizers, a taco stand or a small catering company to provide food for your guests. If you want a more unique feel, set up a dessert bar or finger-sandwiches. Delicious and adorable!
Remember to enjoy this stage of your relationship, the engagement is only a short while!
~ Kathleen ~