With all these newly engaged couples, I thought it would be nice to share some tips on what to do now that you are engaged! (insert girly screams)
It has been 4 years since my husband proposed to me and I can still remember the excitement followed by the feeling of confusion. A wedding is a huge ordeal, seriously though, where do you even begin.
Here is a list of 5 things I did WRONG, and how you can avoid them...
1. Posted Engagement News on Social Media
I was so excited about getting engaged that I completely disregarded the fact that my close friends and family would not want to find out via Facebook that I was engaged haha. It may be a little too late for this helpful hint, but if you think someone may pop the question soon, make a small list of people you need to call before posting your ring selfie.
2. No Manicure
Again, this maybe more of a list to help people that are on the verge of an engagement ... This point just had a funny story associated with it. When Franky popped the question, I quickly reached for my phone to take the beloved ring selfie but, my nails looked horrible! I ended up just posting a shot of the ring and then made Franky wait in my parents kitchen while I quickly painted my nails. It was hilarious! I did make time that week to get my first manicure though :)
3. No Wedding Date
The last thing on my mind was to sit down and pick a date (or even a season) for the wedding. Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE will ask you if you have set a date. Have a generic date (i.e. Fall 2017) in mind so that you can quickly answer their question and move on.
4. Going Pinterest Crazy
I had been planning my wedding since elementary school, then I discovered Pinterest. I had a secret wedding board where I pinned everything and anything that was even remotely interesting. I think the hours of 10pm to 1am were specifically set aside for pinning after my engagement. By the time I actually got engaged most of the things that I had pinned were so all over the place that it just made picking a style more confusing (ball gown + mountain elopement + mashed potato bar was not going to happen haha) . My suggestion is to start fresh. Look through your board and see if there are a few things that keep popping up, dress style, color palette, type of venue, and then go from there. It is so nice to have all your ideas in one place without having to look through 1000+ pins.
5. Planning Before Budget
I think this goes along with the Pinterest tip. Have you ever actually checked the price on that huge ball gown that you pinned 2 years ago? As much as it stinks, you need to sit down with anyone who will be involved in helping pay for the wedding and establish a real budget. If there is no budget, you will be surprised at how much money will be spent on things that will not make an impact on your big day. It is the foundation of a successful wedding. Trust me, you do not want to meet with venues or shop for wedding dresses and leave disappointed. Do the math! Eek, I never thought I would be promoting math hahaha.
I hope you guys can learn something from my mistakes! If you'd like me to answer any other questions, let me know. I'd love to help you plan your dream wedding :D