5 Tips For Newly Engaged Couples
Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples that had their dreamy Christmas or New Year’s proposals. Now that you have said Yes!, so many things are probably running through your mind on what to do next - apart from being completely ecstatic with your new relationship status of course - so where to even start?
Enjoy The Moment
You and your fiance should spend some quality time together before jumping into the craziness of wedding planning. Celebrate and enjoy the moment between the two of you and try not to talk about wedding details during this time as there will be plenty of wedding talk later. Once the wedding planning starts, quality couple time will be scarce until the wedding, celebrations and parties are over.
Spend some quality time together before jumping into the craziness of wedding planning
2) Sharing The News
It is easy to get caught up in the moment, but do not forget to share your engagement news with your dearly beloved family and friends - even those who you do not see regularly. Everyone likes to be kept in the loop for moments like this - engagement news - so in order to avoid any drama down the line, just take a couple of minutes to go through your contact list and spread the happy news to one and all. If you want to get creative in terms of how to share your news, then click this Glamour or Bridal Guide posts to get some ideas on how to go about doing so.
3) Figuring Out Your Wedding Budget
Weddings are expensive and according to Brides Magazine, the average wedding cost is around £20,000. Thus, figuring out your wedding budget is key in order not to break the bank or end up in debt and having to spend the beginning of your marriage paying off your wedding debt. To save on your wedding budget, try setting a date during the off-peak wedding season. Traditionally, it has been the bride’s family who pays for the bulk of the wedding, but most modern couples today have chosen to take on the costs themselves with some assistance from their respective families. This in turn creates the dilemma of how to go about asking for financial help from respective families without stepping on any toes. Additionally, other things to consider when figuring out your wedding budget is to keep in mind the length of your engagement since the longer the engagement, the more financially strain you may feel due to having too many options to consider in terms of vendors, guests-list and more, so it is always good to keep a realistic perspective to keep your stress levels down. Read this Huffington Post wedding etiquette piece which breaks down the dilemmas faced by engaged couples in the 21st century.
Figuring out your wedding budget is key in order not to break the bank
4) Set A Date (Even If It is Just A Potential Date)
Once you have shared your happy news with everyone, the next question people are likely to ask is ‘have you set the date’ or ‘when is the wedding’? You will be besieged by that question time and time again and sometimes giving vague-yet-definitive answers such as ‘we are thinking of having an autumn wedding in 2018’ does help with all the headache of answering all the aforementioned questions as well as giving people a rough idea to slot that time into their mental datebooks. Additionally, setting a date even if it just a potential date will help provide directions to you and your fiance when searching for a wedding venue.
5) Wedding Venue Search
Following on from Tip #4 about setting the date, starting your wedding venue search early is recommended since most venues are booked up over a year in advance, particularly the popular wedding venues during peak wedding season, which constitute being the months of May through to September with August being the most popular month to get married. Do keep in mind that if you are having a religious ceremony beforehand or any other type of wedding officiant, their available dates may not be in-sync with your wedding venue dates, so it is always best to get a range of dates both from your wedding venue and your wedding officiant in order to coordinate dates and venues and decide on the date that will best suit everyone. In addition, you will find that the venue can set the tone for the whole wedding. For example, getting married in a period home means the architecture of the place itself can be considered as part of the wedding decor which means less decorations to do on your part. So in short, to get the venue that best suits your needs, take as many tours of wedding venues as you can to give yourself options. Check out our blog post on what questions to ask your venue to give you some inspiration when venue hunting.
There are obviously a lot more other things to consider when planning a wedding but we hope that the 5 suggestions aforementioned has been useful for those who have recently gotten engaged and needed some help with what to do next.