It's that time of year when many of you are newly engaged. Congrats! I know part of this process is learning what to do first. While you don't have to jump into wedding planning right away, there are some important things for you to do first.
Make the announcement. Before you post that gorgeous ring pic on Instagram or Facebook, go ahead and tell the VIPs in your life (family, friends, roommate, etc.) either in person or via phone. Once you've made the announcement to your closest loved ones, go ahead and change your Facebook status, and post that pic. Or you can be super creative with a fun announcement!
Celebrate! Pop some bubbly, host a party, have a dinner just the two of you. Take some time to just enjoy the moment. Maybe browse through a bridal magazine, but seriously, take this time to revel in this very special moment of your life. Don't jump into planning just yet.
Purchase insurance for your ring. Many brides don't think of this important step, but it is crucial in the event your ring is lost, stolen, or damaged. Usually you can purchase this insurance through your homeowner's or renter's insurance.
Discuss and determine your overall wedding budget. While you're at it, decide who is going to pay for what. Are your parents paying for everything? Are his parents taking care of the Rehearsal Dinner? Are the two of you paying for everything? And what exactly includes "everything"? Is the honeymoon part of the budget, or is it separate? This is never any fun to discuss, but it's critical to set these boundaries now.
Discuss and decide on a guest count. So many aspects of your wedding will be influenced by the number of people in attendance, so go ahead and decide how many you'd like to invite.
There's a lot that goes into planning after these 5 steps, but get these out of the way first. Stay tuned for Part 2 when I'll let you know the next 5 steps.