YOU’RE ENGAGED!! You have found your forever partner. That’s so much fun!
1. Celebrate!! You are engaged to your partner for life, isn’t that exciting? Post it on your socials, call your family members, and celebrate!
2. Soak it in. Once you set a date, the whole process goes by so incredibly fast. You’ll only be engaged once, so you want to soak in this moment. Have an engagement party, take your time to start wedding planning, and enjoy getting to know your partner even more.
3. Once you’re ready to start planning, set a budget. Remember that the average wedding cost is different in each area, and the average wedding cost in Oregon seems to be in the $30-50k range. Setting a budget can be stressful, but it’s something that needs to happen, otherwise it will cause more stress.
4. Figure out your top 3 most important things for your wedding day. Are you wanting a wedding planner to take away the stress and design your wedding; are you wanting a very specific photographer; how about videography? This is integral to your budget. This should definitely be planned around the same time as your budget. For example, if you have your heart set on a specific photographer, you want to make sure your budget allots for that, or you need to stretch that budget to fit that vendor in. You can’t get a $7,000 photographer with a $5,000 budget, so be mindful of that.
5. Set up a wedding email. This is SO IMPORTANT. It makes it so much easier to have all the wedding-related items in one area instead of searching through your personal emails and orders made on Amazon to find the itemized rental list that you got 2 months ago.
6. Book your wedding planner, or even a coordinator. A lot of people seem to wait until later in the process to hire one, and it will make your life so much easier if you hire one at the beginning of the process. They have loads of recommendations for all of the other vendors, and they can help keep you on track in your wedding planning process.
7. Draft your wedding guest list. This is vital to getting the proper venue with the appropriate accommodations. If you have already booked a venue and it limits your guest count only to 50, but you were wanting to invite 150, that’s not going to work.
8. Start researching and meeting with venues. Decide your wedding vibe. If you’re not willing to get married in a barn, don’t start reaching out to barn venues. Dates are booking faster than ever before since covid, so it’s important to get that date set.
9. Start booking those top 3 vendor categories: if you’re dead set on a photographer, florist, DJ, videographer, etc., reach out to them as soon as you can. You don’t want to wait too long and the date is already booked.
10. Take things slow. Don’t stress yourself out by planning every single thing out immediately. Don’t compare your wedding process to the other people around you. Take. Your. Time.
If you’re struggling with wedding planning, feel stuck, or just need some help, Daisy + Sun Events does virtual planning meetings where we can go over anything that you’re struggling with, where you want to be at in your process depending on how far away your date is, etc. Contact us for more info!