10 Tips for the Newly Engaged
1. Enjoy the ride
Focus on what’s really important – your relationship.
2. Set a budget before you start
You don’t want to be halfway down the list of needs and realize you already spent your budget.
3. Include decision-makers
Make sure any one involved in the finances and planning is with you in big meetings. Include decision makers in important vendor meetings and leave your BFFs at home.
4. Is it worth the time?
Making a card box is fun. Making 35 centerpieces in your basement — not so much. Especially the unwanted burns from your hot glue gun. Your time is valuable.
5. To DIY or not to DIY
Pinterest is full of great DIY ideas, but be realistic about your abilities and the time involved. Enlist a talented friend who wants to help, consider buying or renting … but mostly, determine if it’s a necessary detail that will really enhance your day.
6. Have a vision
Know what you envision for your wedding and create it together – this is your day as a couple. Remain true to your vision. Getting input from family and friends is great but make sure you’re creating a day that reflects your dreams and not theirs.
7. Number your RSVP cards
Number the back of the RSVP cards you include with your invitations in pencil because you’ll have guests who RSVP but forget to write down their names and entrée selections. Make an Excel sheet of guests and their numbers for easy tracking.
8. Money matters
You get what you pay for, so know the areas where you can splurge and the areas where you can save.
9. Enjoy your wedding day
Time flies on your big day. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and be sure to allow time to savor every moment.
10. Communicate with your beloved!
Be clear about your hopes and dreams for your wedding. Trying to subtly hint at a suggestion could easily lead to confusion and extra tension. Be clear with each other and you’ll enjoy the journey so much more. This time should bring you closer as a couple and not be a stressor.
Written by: Sarah Rangstrom*
Lover and writer of all things weddings
*With the help of our professional wedding coordinators here at HORIZONS