5 Things to Do After Getting Engaged

By ceaster@themanregistry.com, Published Jul 2, 2012

Special to OneWed by Kara Horner of TheManRegistry.com

Congrats; you’re engaged! You might be thinking to yourself, now what? If you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to wedding planning, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick checklist of the most important details to start with:

1. Choose your wedding date. Although this may depend on a few other details (such as when you can book the ceremony and reception venues), setting a date helps set the stage for nearly all of your other wedding plans.

2. Set a budget. This will help you determine the size of your wedding, location/venue and what kinds of elements you can incorporate into the big day. Setting a budget upfront will also help keep you on track and send up red flags if you overspend.

3. Create a timeline/checklist. Devising a plan and timeline for crossing off individual wedding details will help keep you on top of everything, track payment deadlines, as well as minimize the chance of any details slipping through the cracks.

4. Find and book the ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venues. It’s tough to have a wedding without a location or venue in which to hold it, so make sure to determine and book your venues as far in advance as possible, as many popular wedding and rehearsal dinner venues can be booked a year or more out.

5. Determine your wedding theme or style. The style or theme of your wedding will provide you with a sense of direction when planning and help you better communicate your vision to your vendors to help create the event of your dreams. Not quite sure about your style? Start by creating a wedding inspiration board on Pinterest and pin any items or images you like or that inspire you (also, don’t forget to follow your favorite wedding blogs like OneWed and The Man Registry). Once you feel like you have a good list of options, try to identify trends to help narrow down your wedding style. If you’re still not sure, try enlisting the help of a family member, friend or wedding planner. Sometimes another perspective can help you determine your vision.

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