Guest Blog by Sharon Dickinson of An Affair to Remember
Well, you’ve been dreaming about this day, since you were young! The love of your life has asked you to be their husband or wife, and you’ve said yes! Now what? Here is a list of 10 things to do, after accepting your partners proposal.
1. Tell your parents
Allow them to have the honor of finding out that you have become engaged and be ready to celebrate! You might even consider letting the family you don’t see or talk to all the time know too!
2. Call your closest friends
Make sure you call your closest friends, so they find out the great news from you, not from Facebook! This is one of those things that should be done personally!
3. Decide on how many guests
Take a look at your friends and family and get an approximate idea of how many guests. The amount of guests is important when thinking about save the dates. This Information is important to a wedding planner as well, so they are able to refer you to the best locations suited to handle your affair.
4. Set your budget
Decide on how much you will have to dedicate to your wedding and also if anyone else will be contributing, such as parents, grandparents, etc. You will need a realistic budget so that you and a planner (if used) can determine what services fit your budget. This will also give you time to start saving for each of your services. The worst thing you can do is plan a wedding for $30K and when it comes time to pay the bills find out you don’t have the funds and end up having to take out a loan to pay it off.
5. Set the date
The main question you will be asked is “Congratulations, when is the date?” If you set the date right away you’ll already have an answer to the most often asked question. You also need to know the date when looking into where you will hold your ceremony and reception and finding availability of other wedding vendors.
6. Save the date
7. Hire a Planner
Getting married is a stressful time of your life. A planner will help you to get started and alleviate the stress you may experience. A planner, will save you a lot of legwork and time and allow you to really enjoy being engaged. Pinterest, may have become your best friend and you probably have many boards dealing with romantic wedding ideas, which your planner will help you to implement and make a reality. By knowing your budget, they can refer you to the best wedding vendors, to suit your budget and style. If you decide you are just looking for someone to pull it all together, look into Day of Service Packages too.
8. Now the honors
Pick out your attendants! There are many ways to ask those special friends to be in attendants and honor attendants in your wedding. Below are some fun ways to ask your friends:
a. Gifts that help you ask
b. BBQ for everyone to get together to ask at once – love the t-shirts that say their role in the wedding (or something like that)
c. Check out online sites for other suggestions
10. Take out insurance
Consider insurance for both your new engagement ring and also your wedding. Insurance for your ring will make sure that if anything happens to either your wedding ring, whether you lose a stone or lose the ring, it can be replaced.
Many couples ask, is wedding insurance really necessary, below is what Travelers Insurance says,
“The Wedding Protector Plan® is special event insurance which provides cancellation postponement coverage and other coverages to cover your investment, with an option to add liability coverage with no deductible, for many of things that could go wrong – that are beyond your control. Some of the Wedding Day Disasters are:
Dress lost, Deposits, Lost Rings, Severe Weather, Transportation Shutdown, Ruined Photos, Call to Duty, Damaged Gifts, Sudden Illness, Venue Requires Insurance, Additional Expense, Unemployment”
You can contact Brosky Insurance for further information and what they offer.
Now that you know where to begin, it’s time to have fun, relax, enjoy and don’t sweat the small stuff!