Congratulations — you’re engaged! It’s no surprise that couples are getting engaged more and more during the Christmas weeks and Valentine’s Day. We are right in the middle of ‘Engagement Season’, and as London Wedding Planners we want to make sure you and your groom to be have the wedding of your dreams! There are so many things to think about, so many people to contact and so much to get done. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, so where do you get started? Here are some tips we think might help you tackle the immediate to-do’s.
Tell your family FIRST
Before you update your Facebook status to ‘engaged’, remember to get straight on the phone to your mum and dad. Take the time to plan a visit or arrange for a phone call so you and the ones most important to you can have the opportunity to share in the excitement and get a look at that ring!
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Size it and insure it!
We know this might not be one of the first things you think to do and we know it’s not exactly the most romantic or exciting thing in the world, but it could wind up saving you tones of stress in the long run. There are plenty of independent companies that will insure your new rock for an inexpensive price. If your ring needs resizing do this right away to minimise your chances of losing it. And don’t worry you won’t have to part with it for too long…most high-street jewellers can get it done within a day.
“When’s the wedding?”
Right, you don’t have to set an exact date, but it’s good to have an idea of what time of year you would like to get married. Do you see yourself as a summer bride or are you dreaming of a winter celebration? Summer is currently the most popular time to get married and popular venues are likely to be booked up several years in advance. So, make sure you plan and book ahead to avoid any disappointment. Also, one of the first, and most often asked, questions you will hear is “have you set a date?” The easiest solution is to be precise enough to avoid further questions or unwanted advice, but vague enough that you can change things later.
Before you make any plans, you need to know (and agree) on what sort of wedding you want. Ask yourself — do you want a religious ceremony in a church/chapel/synagogue, or would you prefer a civil ceremony at either a register office or licensed premises? Pinterest is a great source of inspiration from wedding dresses to colour palette ideas. Take some time together to talk about weddings you’ve been to and what you did or didn’t like about them. This might help you both idealise what sort of style you want your wedding to be like and what sort of entertainment ideas you may want to have.
Find a Wedding Planner (ta dah!)
Hiring a wedding planner can be a massive help and reduce a lot of your worry and stress for the big day. It may be that you just want support when searching for a unique venue, assist with ideas and inspiration on a theme, or you would like full assistance from a planner who can,negotiate with all wedding suppliers and oversee everything from start to finish so you don’t have to worry — whatever it is, a good wedding planner will tailor a package to suit your needs.
Most importantly have fun, relax, and enjoy being engaged! The next few months are going to be stressful, exciting, and full of emotions, so try not to lose track of why you’re doing this.
For help moving smoothly from newly engaged to happily married, talk to us we provide everything from finding your perfect venue right through to full planning.
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