First things first, Congratulations on your engagement! The journey ahead is an exciting and memorable one. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this special time:
Celebrate and Announce to Loved ones
Take some time to celebrate this wonderful milestone with your partner, friends, and family. Plan an engagement party or a simple gathering to share your joy.
Discuss a Vision
Discuss your vision for the wedding with your partner. This includes details like the atmosphere, colors, and overall vibe. Deciding on an overall theme or style you want for your wedding will help guide your choices for decor, attire, and other elements
Figure out a Budget (Probably the most important step!)
Determine your budget for the wedding. This will influence many of your decisions moving forward, so it's important to establish a realistic budget early on. Deciding on the total amount you're comfortable spending on your wedding will be the foundation of your budget and will guide all your spending decisions. Having an honest conversation about your finances - Discuss your current savings, income, and any contributions from family members.
Creating a Guest List
Start creating a preliminary guest list. This will help you estimate the size of your wedding and select an appropriate venue. Your guest count will significantly impact your budget. (But you did step 3, so you know right ;) More guests mean higher costs, etc. etc.
Do you want to hire a wedding planner?
If you're feeling overwhelmed, you might consider hiring a wedding planner to help with the details and logistics. Obviously this is optional, depending on the room in your budget. Many planners do have different packages or service - full planning from engagement to wedding day, or just help on the day of. Its worth some research!
I hope this list has helped - but most importantly - Enjoy the Process!