Wedding prep checklist (1/6): Just engaged
“Oh, wow, I’m actually engaged. I’m getting married. This is so exciting! Wait…what the hell do I do now? There’s so much to do. Where do I start?” – You?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This is going to be part one of a big ol’ checklist of things to do – from “will you marry me?” right through to “I do.”
Of course you don’t have to do things in this order of you don’t want to. It’s your wedding, so you can freestyle the preparation as much as you like. This series of blogs is merely a quick overview of how things generally go down.
So…for part one, let’s start from the moment immediately after you’ve said or heard the magic “yes!”
“And so it begins.” – Gandalf
Start spreadin’ the news
For most people, this is the thing you instinctively want to do first. You want to call your mum, your best mate, your sister, your dog, your dentist and the kid in school who said no one would ever love you. So do it. And don’t forget to enjoy it – with any luck it’ll be the first and only time you ever get to announce your engagement.
Pick a date
You can pick an exact date or just a rough time. But if you’ve got a very specific day in mind, have a quick check over our articles how far ahead should you set your wedding date? and dates to avoid for your wedding. Take it from me, a man whose parents and sister both got married on cup final day (1979 and 2012 respectively) – it’s best to fully check out what’s happening on your perfect wedding date.
“What’s the score? Have you got a signal? HAS ANYONE GOT A SIGNAL?” – Many, many people at my sister’s wedding
Make sure everyone’s been introduced
It’s a fair bet you’ve met each other’s parents already, but it’s always surprising how few opportunities there are for the two pairs of parents to meet each other. Then there’s brothers, sisters, grandparents and such.
If there are any big introductions you still haven’t done, now’s a good time. Which brings us onto the next item on the agenda:
Throw an engagement party?
It’s entirely up to you, of course, but an engagement party is a great way to get the entire cast of your wedding together really early in the process. Plus, y’know, it’s an excuse for a party.
“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” – Jonathan Swift
Set your wedding budget
This is where it all becomes a bit less magical and a bit more practical. Do it early though. The sooner you start looking at all wedding-related things through the prism of a realistic budget, the better.
before you start, have a look at our guide to (some of) the perils and pitfalls of budgeting for a wedding.
Create yourself a beautiful wedding website
‘Cos there’s going to be loads to do. A good wedding website keeps everything in one place – quick and simple.
The good news is: you’re already in the right place.
Our websites are quick and easy to set up, hugely customisable and free to try out.
In part two, we’ll give you a checklist for the first one to two months after you get engaged.
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” – Annoying people
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