The First 3 Things To Do Once You Are Engaged

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The First 3 Things To Do Once You Are Engaged

You’re engaged—CONGRATULATION! Now, what?  

No doubt, you are eager to get started on many exciting wedding plans – the guest list, the honeymoon location, the linen colors, etc. While you’re overwhelmed with joy, you might also be just frankly overwhelmed in general. Where do you start? What’s the first thing you do?  

After you’ve had a moment to relish in the excitement of the celebration, here’s three things you can sit down and work on that’ll be a huge help as you begin the planning process. 

Determine Budget 

It is highly essential to determine from day one what your overall wedding budget will be. You will be setting yourself up for success if you lay the groundwork and determine how much is available for each portion of the wedding upfront, and you can hire vendors accordingly. If you don’t establish a budget in the early stages, costs can easily creep up and cause issues later on in the planning process.  

Draft Guest List 

It will be helpful to you as you start looking at venues to know what your estimated guest count will be. This task will help so much as you begin the process of writing invitations and creating seating charts as well, but even before that, it’ll help ensure that you select a venue that can accommodate your guest count. Some sites have strict guest capacities, and it would be a shame to get your heart set on a location, sign a contract, and months down the line realize you want to include more guests than are allowed. Discuss with your fiancé and close family members who will be invited to your special day, including extended family, friends, and possible plus ones.

Identify Your Style 

You have likely established a particular style and aesthetic for your big day. Before you begin looking at venues, it will help you to determine your overall style. It will help to connect with a keyword, such as “rustic,” “vintage,” “modern,” or “classic” to determine what style of wedding you intend to have. While for some things such as venue selection, you might need to wait until you see it in person to know that the style resonates with you, having establish your style and inspiration beforehand will help to narrow your search and save you time.  

About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past six years, Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability, and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.    

 After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress-reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com  

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