We love this time of year – Christmas, New Year’s …and best of all, Engagement Season! If you just got engaged – a HUGE congrats (both to the bride AND groom-to-be!)…what an exciting time in your life. At the risk of sounding like the planner that I am, time to get started. There is so much to do! As the saying goes, the “early bird catches the worm.” Wish I had a more romantic way of expressing that – LOL!
Get a Manicure!
I’ve met a lot of grooms lately who surprisingly made sure that their lady had their nails done prior to getting engaged – kudos to you! However, if you haven’t already, make sure you do! You’ll be showing off that ring at every chance you get so you’ll want a pretty hand! My suggestion on colors: pale pinks, neutrals and French are always the best way to go. Make sure your ring gets ALL the attention!
Shout it from the rooftops! However, and this is BIG…make sure to share the news with very close friends and family first! There would be nothing worse than offending someone close to you because they had to hear it through the grapevine or on social media! Once that is said and done, make sure to find that ‘perfect’ picture and post away…..
Create a #WeddingHashtag
Your engagement is going to be the beginning of so many photos, events and memorable moments. Having a wedding hashtag and sharing it with others is a great way to keep everything together. It’s like creating an online album in one, central place (your hashtag!). Make sure that it’s original and not easy to copy!
January is Wedding Show Season
It’s never too early to start gathering ideas and getting inspired! Toronto has my personal favourite wedding show every January, the Wedluxe Show! Talk about the crème of the crème…#swoon! Along with that, there is also Canada’s Bridal Show, the National bridal show and a number of more local (smaller-scale) shows as well. Make a day of it…gather some friends and let the planning begin!
Start stocking up on magazines (there are too many good ones to name!) and start envisioning your wedding style. But, magazines aren’t your only source of further inspiration, talk to friends, go on Pinterest (you may be there for hours!!), and check out wedding blogs – Style me Pretty is still my favourite!
Planning and Organizing
Decide on whether or not to hire a wedding planner. From full service wedding day coordination, to month-of planning, wedding services a-la-carte, wedding styling and concierge services see what option works best for you and your budget. Wedding planners can save you time, money and stress. If you decide that you are going to work with a planner from the beginning, make sure to start booking appts and interviewing planners in your area.
Give yourself that peace of mind by insuring your wedding ring. If anything happens to it, you’ll be able to replace it. You’ll want to make sure that you have it appraised (keep your receipts) and add it to any existing policies you may have.
Pick a Wedding Date
The minute you say, “I do,” the world is going to want details – including a wedding date. While I don’t recommend that you rush into this, do begin giving it some thought and start narrowing down a date, time and place. Let the countdown begin!
Pick your Bridal Party
Big or small, the choice is yours. Start thinking about who you want to be standing by your side at your wedding. It doesn’t have to be conventional and under no circumstances feel pressured that you HAVE TO HAVE somebody ‘just because…’ Give it lots of thought, talk about it and make a decision that everybody is comfortable with.
Make a [preliminary] Budget
Sit down with your fiancé [and your parents] and decide who is paying for what. Today, many more couples are assuming the costs themselves with parents paying for ‘parts’ of the wedding. Do what works for you! Keep in mind, that whoever pays for the wedding, may likely want to have a say in what happens. Decide up front, who will be making the final decisions.
Enjoy the process…this is an exciting time in your life. Celebrate every moment!