You’re Engaged!: 5 Things You Need to Think of Next

He popped the question and you said, YES!!! After you call all the people in your cell phone (tip – start with your Mom), here are the next 5 things The Champagne Bride recommends you start thinking of to kick-off planning the best day ever:

  1. Budget
    • Determine what you think you and your partner, or parents, can reasonably afford. Base this on how much money you already have saved and how much you will likely be able to put aside leading up to the big day. For reference, the average wedding costs $30,000+ (in Illinois). A budget can creep up quick, so it’s good to have someone who can recommend great vendors and keep you to a budget
  2. Number of Guests
    • Put together a rough guest list for both sides, including friends. This will give you a good idea of how many people will be invited to help celebrate and what size venue you will be needing to look for. Tip: One of the easiest ways to reduce budget is to reduce the number of guests
  3. Venue
    • Upon knowing the size of your guest list, start thinking of the space you envision your big day at. Is it more city glam, rustic barn or something more nautical… just to name a few
  4. Date
    • Your Venue and Church (if you choose a more traditional route) will let you know what dates are available. If you know the time of year, or season, you want to get married, it leaves a lot more options open than a specific date would. Fall is the new favorite time of year to get married, so make sure you look for venues early enough to book your preferred date and then be able to let any vendors (ie. photographers, DJ, makeup artists, limo company etc.) know. Tip: Fridays and Sundays are always a little cheaper
  5. Dress
    • Normally, it would be great to secure vendors once you know your venue and date, but that can wait until after the best part… DRESS SHOPPING! It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. Finding the right silhouette for your body should be your first goal. Then, have the Stylist pull all the dresses in that shape so that you can determine what your favorite design is. Having your date and venue picked at this point helps A LOT, as you can deem what is appropriate for the season and venue. If it’s a winter barn wedding, you may want lace or a dress with lace sleeves (like Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding). If it’s a Summer destination wedding, maybe something lighter and flowy works best for you. Tip: Keep the dress shopping group small, you’ll be thankful you didn’t have so many opinions and be able to hear your own voice better. Also, don’t be afraid to pick the first dress you try on – like your partner, you will “just know” and there is no need to try on 100 dresses… it’ll just confuse you

Hope that helps get you started! There are so many more great plans and details we’d love to share with you. Comment below or write to us on our Contact page to chat further – hope to hear from you!

The Champagne Bride


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