You’re engaged, now what?

Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?

Here are a few tips to consider as you and your fiance start to plan your wedding.  Take some notes, guys!

First tip: Create a list of important factors.

- How large will this wedding be?
- How much money will we put toward it?
- How do we envision our wedding?

Second tip: Consider the number of guests. This is tricky because many questions arise. Do we invite children? How far down the line do we go with friends and family? How many people can we afford to invite? The best thing to do is to sit down with your parents (if they are involved) and put together a list that will cover friends and family important to you both. Quick tip: About 10-15% of your guests will not be able to attend.

Third tip: Dream big, but be realistic. Every girl wants a¬†fairy tale¬†wedding, but most of us also have a budget to keep in mind. Think about ways to have fun and be efficient. For example, a photo booth is a great way to bring the “cool factor” to your wedding, and provides you and your guests with great photos. Supply a picture book that guests can put their picture strip in and sign. It now becomes your guest book! Finally, use the picture strips as party favors for your guests. Quick tip: It may be pricey, but goes a long way.

Final tip: Research and visit. Put your location search into turbo drive! Research online for venues that fit your needs. When you’ve created a solid list, call first to feel them out, then go see them in person. As is often the case, venues will look different in person versus online. Always visit sites with an open mind; you never know what you might learn. Quick tip: Don’t research hundreds of venues. It will only make the venue decision harder.

Good luck!

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