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Did you know that December is the most popular month for getting engaged? Of course, the summer months are also popular. And then there’s Valentine’s Day.
It really doesn’t matter what month you got engaged. It’s all good. But now that you’ve done it, what’s next? Well, before you jump into the seemingly endless abyss that is wedding planning, take a breath and consider some of these tips.
You’re engaged, now what? We know you are brimming with excitement. You probably want to let everyone in your life know the exciting news; but hear us out. Instead of hopping on the phone and shouting “we got engaged” with your family and friends, why not take a breath and enjoy this moment with your partner alone. Consider ordering in some food from your favorite restaurant and popping a bottle of good champagne together. Maybe the two of you want to take a weekend away to truly absorb this next step together. It’s nice to have a secret with your soon-to-be spouse – even if for only a day or two.
Share the Big News
Okay, so it’s starting to sink in. You’re getting married and you want to share the news with the most important people in your life. If possible, tell them in person. You will never regret the memory of them hearing the big news. Of course, telling everyone in person that you got engaged isn’t always possible. After all, great-aunt Susie lives 8 hours away. But we suggest you refrain from the casual text and take the time to call – you won’t regret it.
Host an Engagement Party
If your family and friends are close by, why not do a reveal party to share that you’re newly engaged? It will take patience on your part. You’ll have hold in your secret, but boy will it be a great celebration. Choose the people who will be a part of your big day. Keep it simple – suggest you’re merely having a casual gathering. And don’t forget, make sure everyone invited to your engagement party is also invited to your wedding. We don’t want any awkwardness, do we?
Create a Wedding Budget
It’s no secret that weddings can be expensive. But they don’t have to be. You can keep your expenses at a minimum with some careful planning. First, make a wedding checklist with a calendar of responsibilities. Next, make an online spreadsheet where you can calculate estimated and actual expenses. A mobile banking app capable of growing your savings automatically is a powerful asset when it comes time to set your budget. Have those hard conversations with your partner and your parents (if they are helping out). Decide what your spending priorities are and make sure your financial situation aligns with those priorities. Above all else, make sure you’re staying focused on the most important thing – you and your partner.
Visualize Your Wedding Day
Once you have your wedding budget worked out, you will have a better idea of what your wedding day can look like. Whether you’ve been dreaming about a fairytale traditional wedding, complete with a cake-cutting ceremony, or you’d like to escape to a tropical paradise, your budget may have some say in the matter. Sit down with your fiancé and discuss the pros and cons of each wedding day option. Although it’s ultimately your decision, it may be worth getting some input from your family and members of the wedding party. After all, they will have to make the journey to your wedding destination if you choose a destination wedding.
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