You’re Engaged! Now What? The First Steps to Planning Your Wedding

ProposalHe pops the question, you say yes, and all of the sudden you have a ring on your finger! You’re engaged!! It’s the moment that almost every girl has pictured in her head since she was little. The next few moments are a mix of emotions, excitement, and love. Then it hits you:  planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Not to worry! At this point, you need to simply slow down, take a breath, and get organized. Here are the next few steps you need to take after first getting engaged:

Celebrate Together – The moment when the love of your life proposes to you is a precious moment.  Take it in, celebrate together, and take pictures! You will want to remember this moment for the rest of your life. :)

Tell Your Loved Ones – Call who you need to call, see who you need to see! Some brides love getting the family and friends together to I Said Yesmake the announcement. This is a special time! You want to surround yourself with people you care about to help you celebrate the beginning of a new chapter.

Pick Your Date – Venues book up really quickly, especially in the summer months! If you have a specific time of year you want to get married, it’s best to start shopping for the perfect venue right away. If you’re flexible with your wedding date you’ll have more options for venue.

Go Venue Shopping – This can be a lot of fun!  You get to look at different venues and envision what it would be like to walk down the aisle there. Venue shopping, like most shopping trips, can get exhausting pretty quickly, so be sure not to visit too many venues to avoid getting overwhelmed. Choose places that represent you and your fiancé as a couple, somewhere that might have special meaning to your relationship.

Say YesFind Your Dress – One of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding (for the bride) is finding the perfect wedding dress! Dresses take a good amount of time to get ordered and altered to you, so the sooner you start shopping, the better!  It’s helpful to start looking online and in magazines at wedding gowns to get ideas for the style of wedding gown you want.  And when you’re ready to start searching for the perfect dress, book an appointment at Charlotte’s!

There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding. At Charlotte’s, we’re here to make your wedding planning as easy and fun as possible! Here is a timeline to help you stay on top of all of your wedding planning, as well as a list of our preferred vendors – some of the best wedding professionals in the business – who can help you plan the wedding of your dreams!