If you recently got engaged over the holidays or think that a proposal might be coming your way for Valentine’s Day…first of all let me say “Congratulations!” After you exhale and the shock wears off, the panic might set in. It might feel like there are so many things to do with so little time. The first step is to take a deep breath. Things aren’t as chaotic as they appear. The second is to keep in mind one thing – this is a celebration of your love, not a party to please everyone else. After you have calmed your nerves a little, it is time to start planning. These are the five things to do after you get engaged.

If you Dream it – You Can Live it!

Relish in the time of your engagement. After all, hopefully, it will only come once in a lifetime and now is the time to dream big. Go through wedding sites like Pinterest and Instagram to find what others have done before. Not only will it help inspire you to find what you like most and want for your big day; it will also show you what might not work so well. Before you take any steps to find a venue and put money down for a wedding caterer, it is important to know the overall scheme of what you want your big day to look like.

Draft Your Guest List

One of the five things to do after getting engaged usually don’t include making a guest list, but it should! Many couples don’t draft their guest list until well into the planning stage. That can be a huge mistake. First of all, you have to find a venue that can hold as many people as you think will attend. But you also don’t want it too big that it feels empty and sad. Second, you want to choose a date that your favorite people can make. If you don’t consider them, you are going to be highly disappointed if a good majority aren’t in attendance. A guest list is something that you should consider before you decide where to hold your event.

Pick a Date and Choose Your Venue

The venue you choose is going to have the biggest impact on your wedding day. It will determine the overall “feel” of your wedding reception. And it will also lead to you making other decisions about your day like whether you use an in-house caterer or whether you have to find one who can accommodate an off-site affair. You can either choose a venue you absolutely have to have and then go around their schedule to find a date. Or, you can set a date in stone and look around for a venue that is available. Either way, the venue is highly critical to the overall wedding planning process.

Chose a Wedding Caterer

Quite arguably, after the venue, the caterer is one of the most important pieces to making your big day spectacular. People might not remember what flowers you sat at the tables, but they will remember if their food came out cold and late. Find an experienced caterer who can work with your venue and has the proper equipment to tackle your off-site reception. Catering takes a whole lot of skill and preparation, so find someone who isn’t going to make your wedding their practice. You might want to ask the venue you choose for a list of referrals and start there. They usually know who delivers and who doesn’t.

Find A Photographer

Your big day will be over and done before the blink of an eye. And in the end, all that you have to take with you are the photographs of who was there and how beautiful it all was. Professional photographers typically get booked months in advance. And although it won’t affect your overall wedding planning, it will be comforting to know that you have someone recording your nuptials to show your children and your children’s children.

The time from your engagement until your exchange of vows is a time of wonderment and excitement. But it can also be stressful if you go into wedding planning blindly. These five things to do right after you get engaged should help you with an excellent outline and starting point. I have been catering weddings for a very long time and would like to loan my expertise while you plan your perfect day. Contact me today to discuss how we can make your wedding the most elegant affair ever!

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