Congratulations, You Just Got Engaged! Now what?
Congratulations! The love of your life has just proposed and you are currently on cloud 9 thinking about your future together. You know you want a wedding with all of your family and friends, but have no idea where to start. This is far too real for so many engaged couples! We've put together our top three things to do once you've got the ring. Being engaged is such a fun and exciting time, don't let the stress of wedding planning mess that up. ;)
E33 Bay Area's top 3 things to do once you're engaged:
1. Discuss your wedding budget: Weddings are EXPENSIVE. Decide how much you two are wanting/willing to spend. If your wedding will be paid for by family or a combination, we suggest you talk with them about their contribution amount. #awkward You also want to talk about any additions you may want at your wedding. i.e. Photo Booth, videographer (vs. just a photographer,) or maybe a live band, vs. a DJ. You'll want to make sure you add these as a line item in your budget sheet, which we HIGHLY suggest using.
2. Find and secure a venue: Most venues tend to book about 9 months - 1 year in advance. Especially if it will take place during popular wedding months (Spring - Fall) or at a well-known venue. The Knot is a great place to start when looking for venues. Don't be alarmed, it can be a bit overwhelming. Just take it day-by-day and focus on where you'd like to get married and venues that are within your price range.
3. Start researching vendors: Some find this the most daunting task of wedding planning. It can be fun if you start early! Instagram is a great place to find vendors. Search those hashtags! You can also see photos of their work, which is super helpful. Thumbtack and Yelp are also avenues that many couples have taken to find vendors. Depending on your finalized wedding date, you may not need to rush to get your vendors booked. The earlier they are booked, typically the less stress you'll have sorting out the nitty-gritty details towards the end.