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        Kick Your Wedding Planning Process Off Right

        So, you are officially a bride-to-be! You called your parents, your siblings, and your besties to share the exciting news. You got your nails done since everyone has been asking to see that gorgeous ring on your finger. You’ve thoroughly celebrated with your fiancé, friends, and family and you now find yourself wondering, “okay, what next?” The good news is, the first things on your wedding planning checklist are fairly straightforward and simple — and fun! You get to start talking about your wedding in a very real way because it is really happening!! So awesome. But also so surreal! Try not to worry or get stressed out. Wedding planning is a lot to manage, but we know you’ve got this. Read on to discover five things to do once you’re engaged and find yourself embarking upon the first several weeks of your wedding planning process.

        Discover five things to do once you're engaged and find yourself embarking upon the first several weeks of your wedding planning process. Bride, groom, how to plan for your wedding day, engagement ring, wedding budget, wedding guest list, wedding date, day of coordinator, month of coordinator, wedding coordination, event coordination, wedding planning.

        1. Protect Your Bling 

        As soon as possible, you should get your engagement ring appraised and insured! We know you absolutely adore that shiny new addition on your left hand, as it has quickly become one of your favorite things. The last thing you want to think about is the possibility of it getting lost, stolen, or damaged, but it happens! The peace of mind that will come with knowing your ring is insured is priceless. The first thing you need to do is talk to your insurance company. Most companies require thorough appraisals for higher value rings (typically worth $5,000+), and you won’t be able to get it protected without knowing how much it’s worth. For less expensive rings, your insurance company will likely accept an invoice or receipt! 

        2. New Email, Who Dis?

        The first thing we always tell our clients is to create a wedding-specific email address that they will use for all communications regarding their wedding. We cannot stress enough how much you’ll appreciate the fact that you did this early, especially once your big day is getting close! If you need inspiration for what your new email should be, consider using your wedding hashtag (if you have one), or your future last name followed by your wedding year (e.g. Villar2016@gmail.com). 

        So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Gmail right now and create your new email. Don’t forget to share your login credentials with your fiancé so you can both access vendor communications, proposals and contracts, engagement and wedding photo galleries, etc.!

        If you attend a bridal expo or set up a bridal registry, use your new email so that over the months following your wedding day, your personal inbox doesn’t get spammed by hundreds of emails that aren’t relevant to you anymore.

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        3. Money, Money, Money

        You want your budget to be one of the first things you talk about and agree upon with your fiancé. We’ve seen what happens if you don’t (hint: tears are shed!). Don’t be one of those couples who didn’t talk money because it felt awkward or premature. You don’t want to find yourselves after the wedding with zero savings and pulling pennies from your couch cushions to afford life. That’s no way to start a marriage! Your wedding budget will determine everything for your event, from your guest count to your venue to what food will be shared. So trust us, it makes your life EASIER to set your budget upfront. Once you’ve established how much money you and your fiancé feel comfortable putting toward the event, find out who else will be contributing to what. If you want (and are able) to fund your entire celebration yourselves, great! If you want (and need) to ask for some help, don’t be afraid to do so, and do it early.  If your parents told you they’d pay for the venue or the dress or the rehearsal dinner, ask for an actual amount for what they are offering. You may be on the same page already, but you also may not. Again, these conversations may feel awkward or premature but your budget is the last place where you want to make any assumptions! 

        4. Prioritize Who You’d Like to be There

        Once you know your budget, you should start building your guest list. Even though it’s not “Final” at this point, it’s really important that you begin to draft your invite list now. 

        Additionally, you should establish a pretty good estimate in your head of how many people you think will actually attend. Your guest count will determine what venues can (and cannot) accommodate your party size, the amount of food and drinks you’ll need for everyone, and what else you’ll be able to afford for all the details from florals to entertainment.

        Don’t forget to ask your parents who they would like to invite if they’re contributing to your budget!

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        5. Start Thinking of a Few Potential Dates 

        You don’t need to have an exact date at this point, but you should definitely be thinking about the time of year you’d like to get married, as well as the time of year you’d like to avoid. For example, if all of your friends are teachers, you might want to consider a Summer wedding when they’re on break! Or if your cousin is getting married in May and  your family lives all over the country, you might want to consider a Fall wedding so that everyone you love can make the trip! Think about all of the existing obligations, commitments, and annual traditions that will affect your favorite people’s ability to attend your big day, and work around them to choose a date that will be good for mostly everyone. 

        We recommend choosing up to 3 possible dates so that when you get to the point of venue hunting you can be flexible and book your favorite place!

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        Discover five things to do once you're engaged and find yourself embarking upon the first several weeks of your wedding planning process. Bride, groom, how to plan for your wedding day, engagement ring, wedding budget, wedding guest list, wedding date, day of coordinator, month of coordinator, wedding coordination, event coordination, wedding planning.