January 04, 2010

Five Things Every Newly Engaged Couple Should Do

First off, we just want to say a big, Congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the holidays! Although an event such as this is definitely a cause for celebration, many couples get caught up with sharing the news and forget that it is important to start thinking about the big day sooner than later.

To help you get started, we have put together a list of the first five things you should do as soon as you get engaged. Let the planning begin…

1) Set A Wedding Date
There are several factors you should consider when selecting your wedding date. It is important to take into consideration the amount of time that you will need to prepare. If you recently got engaged over the holidays, but have always wanted a spring wedding, then 2010 might not be the year for you to tie the knot! Have you already laid eyes on your dream venue, heard your favourite band, or seen your ideal photographer at work? The availability of these vendors might also affect your decision, keeping in mind that many vendors/venues book up a year or more in advance. Lastly, be aware of conflicting vacations, pregnancy due dates, or other special events that your friends and family might already be committed to.

2) Decide on a Budget
This task, although definitely not the most fun, is necessary in determining the size and style of your wedding. There are some areas that you can cut back on if you want to splurge in other areas. Selecting a non-traditional date and/or time for your wedding can save you money. The most expensive times to have your wedding are during the summer months, Saturdays, and in the evening. Location of the venue is also an important consideration as weddings that take place in a major metropolitan area will be more expensive than those held in a smaller town. A final pointer: generally, the more formal and/or large the wedding, the more expensive it will be.

3) Make Your Guest List
The guest list is an important factor that will play a major influence on your budget, and the style of your wedding. Sit down and make a note of everyone that you would like to celebrate with. This will give you rough estimate as to how many people will attend. Ceremony and reception sites will usually have a minimum and maximum guest count, so it is a good idea to have a ball park number before researching your potential venues.

4) Select Your Wedding Style
Your chosen venue(s) will help set the tone for the style of your wedding day. Talk with your fiancé about the ideas you had in mind. Are you leaning towards a grand ballroom, an artsy loft space, or a more relaxed garden party? Once you have come to an agreement on the type of venue you would like to celebrate in, start your research taking into account your estimated guest list count.

5) Choose Your Wedding Party
Selecting your attendants can be a difficult task. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your bridal party is there to support and assist you throughout the entire process. Choose wisely, and don’t let someone else guide your decision.

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