Oh, the excitement! You said "Yes" and the two of you are starting to make plans to get married. This is such a fun and exciting time that can quickly become overwhelming. Here are a few helpful tips from Kristin Faye Photography on how to get started on planning after you get engaged:
Before we begin, grab a cup of coffee and take a break! :)
1. Announce your engagement // Let everyone know!
2. Chose your wedding style // Do you want a black tie classic wedding, or a wedding that has lots of elegant southern style. Neither of these may be for you, but know the options are endless. Pinterest can help or be more overwhelming.
3. Consider budget // Who is paying for what and truly consider the cost. Begin research on venues, photographers, florist, caterers, and bakers for you cake. Also, put those things in order for what is most important. Consider what is going to be worth paying more for and whats not as important.
4. Book your venue(s) // You need a place that can host all of your guest, has space for both the ceremony and reception. If they don't have a place for both, can the staff at the venue quickly and smoothly "flip" the space?
*You may have a specific date in mind, so be sure the check with the venue before making further plans.
5. Book your photographer // Photographers are usually the second vendor to be booked, the venue is the first. It is important to book a photographer that fits your style. Also, find one that has a good portfolio and is willing to share more of their work, full galleries, send referrals from previous clients, and someone who is willing to work with you.
*We take our jobs very seriously. We truly LOVE what we do and know that it's an honor to capture a couples wedding day. We work hard to further our education in all aspects of wedding photography. We also make an effort to get to know our couples. *
6. Go dress shopping // Wahoo! This is an exciting part. Invite a few of your closest friends and family that you'd want to take with you. Take photos! Enjoy this day.
7. Don't forget to truly enjoy this process. My wish for any couple is that they learn to slow down, don't stress the small stuff, and to remember the whole purpose of this planning. It's about you
and your fiance. It's about the two of you and your love.