GOT ENGAGED? NOW WHAT?

THINGS THAT SHOULD MAKE IT TO YOUR TO-DO LIST

CHOOSING YOUR ENTOURAGE 

Yes, they were probably the first people you called after the proposal, but pause before asking all your besties to be a part of your entourage, remember you cant have them all stand next to you at the altar. Take your time and choose wisely, pick the friends or loved ones that mean the most to you. After a few weeks of being engaged, you'll have a better idea of who's excited to help you plan your wedding. By then you know who are the keepers and who fits better as your guest.    

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FIGURE OUT A BUDGET

One of the most important decisions you’ll when planning a wedding is how much you can spend for it. In the U.S. couples spend an average of $10k-$25k on weddings, not a small amount by any stretch. So talk to your partner and loved ones who may be able to contribute financially to your big day and come up with a total budget.

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START CHOOSING YOUR DRESS 

Browse magazines, social media and galleries to your heart's content, but consider holding off before actually purchasing your wedding dress. After a few weeks of looking online and trying on dresses, your taste might change in a surprising way (same goes for your accessories). But don't sit on the decision for too long—you don't want to find yourself a month from the wedding date without a dress. We recommend buying your gown six to eight months before your wedding to leave enough time for shipping and fittings.

DECIDE BETWEEN A WEDDING OR ELOPEMENT


Decide if you want to do a big celebration with hundreds of guests,  maybe you want to elope on a secluded mountaintop or perhaps you envision something in between. There are so many factors for you. Few things to consider when trying to figure out if a traditional wedding or an elopement is right for you: your budget, your personalities, your preferences, your families’ preferences and other life circumstances.  

CHOOSING YOUR THEME 

Your wedding party attire is one of the most impactful ways to carry out your overall wedding style. But, similarly to your wedding gown, it's likely your theme or colors will evolve during your planning process. Save bridesmaid dress shopping for when you've decided on a final look and feel for your wedding, and preferably do it after you've found your wedding dress. Then choose a theme for your flowers and decorations that matches the color scheme you chose for you and your entourage.

FINDING A VENUE 

Once you have a budget, theme and guest count, it’s time to start thinking about what your dream venue would look like. Sit down with your partner and choose three features that your ideal venue would have. For example, an outdoor ceremony space, in-house catering, and a rustic feel might be on your must-have list. Or perhaps you’re looking for a venue that’s conveniently located, pet-friendly, and allows you to choose an outside caterer. The possibilities are endless and each couple’s priorities will be different.

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HIRING VENDORS 

After you already set your budget and have booked your venue its time to book your vendors. Talk to your partner and discuss your expectations, your likes and dislikes so you’ll have a clear understanding and on the same page with what you both want to have as your vendor. Come prepared with a list of questions you might have, this will help you decide which of them is a perfect fit for you.

All of the photos are owned and photographed by

Jay Andrino | Lightzone Photography



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