He’s popped the question. You’ve said YES!
Here’s what to do next:
1. Before you bring anyone else into the picture, talk to your future spouse about your expectations. You’ll want to make sure you’re on the same page. Do you want something big or a bit more intimate. Maybe you want to jet set for a destination wedding. Make sure you’re sharing the same (or at least similar) vision before you talk to family members and friends.
2. Once you set a budget, figure out who is going to contribute. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding but nowadays anything goes. Have an open and honest discussion with your and your future spouse’s families to figure out who will be contributing and exactly how much each is willing to spend.
3. Now that you’ve got your budget – prioritize. What are the three most important aspects of your wedding that you’re willing to splurge on? Do you want to get that designer gown, your dream venue or go over the top with catering that includes ice sculptures? It’s okay to have a few splurges, but realize that you’ll have to make up for it by spending less in other areas.
4. Last but not least, get organized! Make check lists, download apps and other tools to manage and create reminders to stay on track throughout your wedding planning process. Work with your wedding planner to make sure you’re getting the best venue and vendors for your budget. A good planner will know the ins and out of your event and areas in which you can save.