Recently Engaged? Now What? The first FIVE steps in wedding planning.

It’s finally official, you are engaged! After all of the selfies, snapping, and celebrating are over- now what? The first five steps every couple should take to planning their perfect wedding.

FIRST things first. Get that dirty word dealt with and knock out the BUDGET. Sometimes it’s painful, but it is the first step in planning your dream day. Communication is key. Discuss with your families about who will be paying for what. Things to consider: stationary, dress & attire, rehearsal dinner, reception, ceremony, flowers & décor, music, photographer & videographer.

SECOND, identify a common VISION with your fiancé. Rustic Chic? Classic Romance? Elegant sit down? Or are you throwing an epic bash that you want everybody to remember. A good exercise is to close your eyes and play it out in your head. When you wake up on the day of your wedding, what will you do? Who will you see and how does it make you feel?

THIRD, what SEASON of year would you like to get married? Regardless of what your dream season is and why, thinking about the time of year helps you narrow down dates that will work. Keep in mind that you may often get good deals in the Winter, but Spring and Fall have become increasingly popular wedding seasons. Try to pick 2 to 3 dates.

FOURTH, choose your VENUE. Visit in person, it’s often the energy of a space that strikes a chord. Meeting the team behind the venue is as important as the site itself. You will want to work with people you like!

FIFTH, get a manicure and tell the WORLD!

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