The road from engagement to wedding can be a whirlwind ride, especially at the start. Here are some first-step tips of what to do when getting engaged.

Celebrate, just the two of you!

It may be tempting to take to social media immediately after becoming engaged. But, before you shout it from the rooftops, take some time to absorb it, just the two of you. Open a bottle of champagne or treat yourself to a celebration supper and dessert-do whatever makes you happy and celebrate your love. You’ll want to remember this love-drunk high.

Announce Your Engagement

Unless you want to keep your engagement a secret for a time, call your family and friends to share the good news! They’ll be grateful you took the effort to notify them before altering your social network. To minimize potential hurt feelings, it might be beneficial to compile a list of everyone who definitely needs to know before the Internet does.

This is also an excellent time to purchase and distribute engagement announcements.

Determine Your Wedding Budget

Setting a budget is the first step in organizing the wedding of your dreams. Setting a budget may not seem like much fun, but it’s a crucial task to complete early in the wedding planning process.

While planning your budget, keep in mind that there will almost certainly be unexpected wedding expenditures that will catch you off guard. If you plan ahead of time, you won’t have to sacrifice your dream wedding reception or live music to create a place in your budget for them.

Make a Guest List

After you’ve determined your wedding budget, it’s time to settle down and make your guest list. This guest list is essential before meeting with venues and caterers since it will decide what you can pay and what sort of venue would work best for your guest count.

If you need to pare down your original guest list after you’ve established it, we’ve got you covered. Check out our helpful hints for reducing your guest list—and learn about the advantages of planning a smaller wedding. Never, ever feel sorry about your guest list. It’s your special day, and you want to spend it with the people that mean the most to you.

Set a Date and Book a Venue

Begin your search for an elegant wedding venue now that you’ve determined your guest count and budget! Begin by thinking about whether you want a local or a destination wedding. Do you like to be indoors or outside? Will you hold your ceremony and reception at the same location? These are things you should think about before you start looking.

When you begin visiting locations, it is critical that you ask the venue questions so that you know what to anticipate for your wedding. We believe you should not neglect the following questions: