This is a huge moment in your life. Before you get caught up in wedding planning take the time to celebrate with your fiancé, just the two of you. Find a romantic spot and order your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and celebrate this new season in your life.
Share the News
I recommend sharing the exciting news in person or if that’s not possible call/zoom your closest family and friends. But let’s face, the easiest and fastest way to spread the news is by posting to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, ect. It’s so easy, just snap a picture of your ring and start sharing!
Set the Date
Pick a season. This could impact whether you have an outdoor verses an indoor wedding. Spring weddings are popular in Texas but can also be very expensive. Look into popular wedding venues and check pricing for dates you are considering.
Set a Budget
You’ll need to sit down with your fiancé and realistically talk about how much the two of you are willing to contribute to your wedding, and discuss your priorities as well as the logistics.
Book Your Wedding Photographer
Wedding photographers usually get booked 6-12 months before the wedding. The popular spring and summer dates go quickly. Do your research and set up a meetings to get to know potential photographers and ask questions before signing a contract.
Book Your Venue
There are many things to consider when choosing your wedding venue. Do you prefer an indoor or outdoor wedding? How many guests are allowed? Does the venue offer a wedding coordinator or wedding planner? Some venues offer many services including catering, floral arrangements, decor, staff, ect. to make it easier. The popular wedding venues usually get booked a year in advance.
Choose your Honeymoon Destination
This is the fun part! Things to consider when choosing a honeymoon destination:
Do you prefer relaxing on the beach or an adventure packed getaway?
Do you prefer cold or warm weather?
How many vacation days do you have available?
What is your budget?
Register for Gifts
Registering will make it easier and less stressful for your guests. You don’t have to wait to register, the sooner the better. Nationwide stores are easier if you have out of town guests. Not everyone’s budget is the same so choose items you’ll need within a wide price range.
Create a Guest List
The number of guests you invite will impact the venue you choose. Start with your closest family and friends and go from there. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the guest list will start to add up, especially if you consider the plus ones.
Choose Your Wedding Party
You can’t pick everyone so choose wisely. Not everyone lives in the same region of the country or has the same schedules, so choose friends/family that can commit to your wedding date. Don’t feel obligated to ask someone just because they asked you to be part of their wedding party. It’s a good idea to have the same number of bridesmaids verses groomsmen.