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  • Writer's pictureBrandi Swanson

I'm Engaged. Now what?

Congratulations, lovebirds! Getting engaged is a magical moment filled with joy, excitement, and dreams of a beautiful future together. My name is Brandi, and as a seasoned Wedding Planner, I'm here to help you navigate the exhilarating journey ahead, and to answer that big statement and question combo floating in your head: I'm Engaged. Now what? So, grab a glass of bubbly, relax, and let's dive into what you should do next after saying "Yes!"


Photo collage of Bride and Floral Backdrop
Don't Forget to take fun Bridals! Photos by Rivers Light Photography.

1. Savor the Moment

First things first, take a deep breath and revel in the joy of your engagement. This is a special time in your lives, so cherish it. Share the news with your loved ones, celebrate with family and friends, and bask in the glow of your love story.


2. Picture-Perfect Proposal Recap

Sit down together and reminisce about the magical proposal. Capture the memories in a beautiful way, whether it's writing them down in a journal, creating a scrapbook, or even making a photo collage. Reliving the details will keep that spark alive and remind you of the love that brought you to this point.


3. Dream Big

Now that you're engaged, it's time to let your imagination run wild. Start dreaming about your ideal wedding. Picture the setting, the colors, the style, and the overall vibe. Think about what makes you both unique as a couple and how you can infuse those elements into your big day. Let your creativity flow freely and embrace the adventure of planning your dream wedding.


Tropical Wedding Backdrop
Find Your Wedding Day Style. Photo by Rivers Light Photography

4. Set a Budget

Before diving into the planning process, it's essential to establish a budget. Discuss your financial goals openly and honestly. Determine how much you're comfortable spending and allocate funds for different aspects of your wedding, such as venue, catering, attire, and entertainment. Remember, a well-planned budget ensures that you can create an unforgettable celebration without unnecessary stress.


5. Assemble the A-Team

No superhero tackles challenges alone, and the same goes for planning your wedding. Build your wedding dream team by hiring professionals who will help bring your vision to life. Seek recommendations, research vendors, and schedule consultations with potential wedding planners, photographers, caterers, and florists. Find vendors who align with your style and budget, and trust their expertise to make your day extraordinary.


6. Choose the Perfect Date and Venue

Deciding on a wedding date and venue is an exciting milestone. Consider factors such as season, weather, and availability when selecting a date. Explore various venue options that align with your vision and accommodate your guest count comfortably. Whether it's a rustic barn, an elegant ballroom, or a beachside paradise, make sure it's a place that resonates with both of you.


7. Guest List Deliberations

Crafting your guest list can be a bit tricky, but remember, it's your day, and it should be filled with your favorite people. Start by making a preliminary list and then go through it together, making revisions and adjustments until it feels just right. Don't worry about pleasing everyone—invite those who truly matter to you and your partner.


Empty Ceremony Space with Backdrop
Select a Wedding Venue that reflects Your Personality. Photo by Evoke Photography.

8. Have Fun with Wedding Inspiration

Get inspired! Dive into the world of wedding blogs, Pinterest boards, and magazines to explore different themes, color schemes, and unique ideas. Create a mood board or a digital folder to collect your favorite inspirations. Remember, this is the time to unleash your creativity and make your wedding a reflection of your love story.


9. Stay Organized

As you dive deeper into wedding planning, organization becomes your best friend. Use wedding planning tools, apps, or good old-fashioned binders to keep track of vendor contacts, contracts, to-do lists, and timelines. Staying organized will help you feel more in control and reduce any pre-wedding jitters.


10. Don't Forget to Date Each Other

Wedding planning can be a whirlwind, but amidst the chaos, don't forget to nurture your relationship. Dedicate regular date nights where wedding talk is off-limits. It's essential to reconnect and remember that the most important thing about the wedding is the love you share.


White Wedding Chairs
Enjoy the process! Photo by Evoke Photography.

SUMMARY

  1. Savor the Moment

  2. Picture-Perfect Proposal Recap

  3. Dream Big

  4. Set a Budget

  5. Assemble the A-Team

  6. Choose the Perfect Date and Venue

  7. Guest List Deliberations

  8. Have Fun With Wedding Inspiration

  9. Stay Organized

  10. Don't Forget to Date Each Other


Conclusion

Congratulations on embarking on this extraordinary journey! The road to your dream wedding will be filled with joy, challenges, and unforgettable memories. Remember to enjoy every moment, stay true to yourselves, and let your love story shine through. As your Wedding Planner, I'm here to guide and support you every step of the way. Let's create an epic celebration that will have your guests talking about it for years to come. That statement/question combo: I'm Engaged. Now What? Is no longer so daunting, is it? Cheers to your love and the incredible adventure ahead!



Vendor Team

Wedding Planner: Next Chapter Weddings

Venue: Lux Vita- Houston, TX

Florist: The Red Experience

Photographers: Rivers Light Photography + Evoke Photography




Next Chapter Weddings is an upscale Wedding Planning company based in Houston, TX. We offer packages from Coordination to Full Service Wedding Planning, as well as, Design and Décor.


We are happily available for destination weddings, elopements and micro weddings.


We believe every love story is unique and worth celebrating. Cheers!


You can find our FAVORITE WEDDING AMAZON FINDS here.

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