1. Tell Your Family
The next morning I woke, excited to tell them, when I found my fiance had posted about it. When I finally called my parents, they already knew from my sister's Facebook page. I felt it ruined the surprise. So, even if it's late, call them! Leave a voice mail if you have to. I never heard the end of it from my dad.
2. Tell Your Friends
3. Get a Manicure
4. Is Your Ring Insured?
5. Get Inspired
6. Pick a Date
Take the time to sit down with your groom-to-be and figure it out. When's your favorite season? Do you want to make the wedding even more romantic by having it on your anniversary? Do you want it during a weekday (which is far less expensive) or on a weekend? Ask yourself these things to find out. Once you pick a date, picking a location can be easier because of availability.
7. Establish a Budget
- Ask your family the uncomfortable question of "How much are you willing to contribute?".
- If you and your fiance are paying for the wedding, sit down with him and figure out what you can afford. This helps establish a limit that will help you eliminate options that are too expensive later on.
Trust me, you don't want let your money flow so freely that shock sets in once you see the total price tag of your wedding. Once this is out of the way you can start planning! Here is a photo that breaks down the costs of a wedding to give you an idea of how expensive it can be.
8. Location, Location, Location
Need some help? Explore these tips for finding a venue.
9. Take Engagement Photos
When you do schedule a day to take photos, make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time! I can't stress this enough! As you take photos, you and your photographer will be inspired by your surroundings for photos that you didn't even think to try. We ran out of daylight, and had to frantically reschedule a time to finish. The only time we were all available was early the next morning (much to my fiance's dismay, he is definitely not a morning person). This rescheduling left me little time to prepare for a meeting I was leading right after our photo session. I felt like a fool at that meeting. Don't do this to yourself by procrastinating! Get it done early!
Need some advice? Read these nifty tips for engagement photos.
10. Relax and Enjoy
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