You just got engaged, now what?

Top tips of the first steps to take after you get engaged.

Congratulation on your engagement!!

The Proposal is one of the biggest moments in life and I am sure it has been impressive and unforgettable!

Now you are likely feeling a wave of emotions: as excited as you are about spending the rest of your life with your fiancé, you are probably getting overwhelmed at the thought of planning a wedding.

Here are a few tips of the first steps to take after you get engaged.

  1. First step: the location!

Will it be a wedding next door or are you dreaming a destination wedding? Are you an international couple and you desire your wedding to be the same? Then you've already decided that it will be a destination wedding...OMG the world is so big and so plenty of beauties! Unless you are thinking about a travelling wedding (fascinating idea but of somewhat complex logistic) you must choose The One: Caribbean beaches, Santorini, Spain, France, Italy?

For obvious reasons I have my own preference in Italy: romanticism, beautiful landscapes, traditions, art, amazing food, fashion and design. The perfect destination wedding location…but I don’t mean to influence your choice! ????

  1. Your guest count

Elope, 50 guests, 300 guests wedding…the number of people you want to share your Big Day with affects so many aspects of your wedding planning! Your guest list does not have to be exact, but it is good to have a general idea of how many you are expecting in order to select the right venues and better focus the wedding budget.

You would not want to tour a venue with a max capacity of 100, fall in love, book the venue, make your guest list, and then realize you want to invite over 200 people. Then you are put in the situation of having to cut your guest list. On the flip side, you also do not want to fall in love with a huge venue with a 300 people capacity and only have 50 people on your guest list and be disappointed.

At the same time you know that if you are planning on having a larger guest count, the costs add up a lot quicker. If you have a smaller budget, the easiest way to save is having a smaller guest count.

  1. Hire a wedding planner

Should I hire a wedding planner? You may have helped a friend plan their wedding day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream board, but that doesn't mean you have to tackle it solo. There are so many different reasons why I suggest hiring a wedding planner.

The number one reason why you should hire a wedding planner is that a Wedding Planner is Expert! Trust me: whether you're expecting 50 or 150 guests, planning requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, legal counsel, budget manager, coordinator and so much more, all while helping you pull together your wedding. A professional wedding planner is connected with top venues and pros in the selected area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration.

Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your wedding day to life. While hiring a planner may seem like a big chunk of your budget, it's an investment that will give you peace of mind and ensure you enjoy the moments you've spent months planning. Plus, with an expert behind all your decisions, purchases and negotiations, you'll save money in the long run: they can help with your budget constraints and legal contracts. A good planner can stretch your budget because she knows what's more important and what's going to have more impact, even small decisions can add up to big savings when you have a planner who knows what they're doing.

In addition to helping couple’s budget and supervising sticky details like legal contracts, the most important perk of a planner is having someone who'll fight for your wedding vision from start to finish. While many vendors tackle more than one wedding per day or per weekend, a planner is focused only on your special day and will push to make sure everything goes according to your unique plan.

A good wedding planner can keep things stress-free, for you to enjoy the whole planning experience and on the wedding day think of your planner as a safety net, when your only order of business is to soak up every memorable second.

The right planner will help you make the wedding of your dreams a reality—but only if you pick the right one. Professional wedding planners will offer a free consultation: arrive armed with a few basic questions, and then listen to their responses carefully. It's important that you find someone whose personality clicks with yours, think about how much you'll be communicating with and seeing this person throughout the wedding planning process.

Spend time thinking about what services you'll need for your wedding, then find a planner who can fulfil those needs. Some planners offer all-encompassing packages whereas some are a la carte, make sure you know what you're getting from the start.

Although it's the least romantic aspect of wedding planning, insurance is a must. Make sure your planner has liability insurance, this maintains the professional aspect of everything and protects everyone involved.

Trust me on this one—you want (and deserve) a helping hand on your wedding day. After all, this is going to be the happiest day of your life.

  1. Now that you hired your wp...enjoy this meaningful experience called Wedding: she will drive you in choosing the wedding venue, finding the photographer and videographer who will capture your special moments, shaping your dream into a wedding design, selecting all the wedding vendors, planning it all down to the minute and, finally, sharing the beauty and the joy of your wedding day with the people you love.

 

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Credits

Special thanks to all the photographers for giving a "forever" to my commitment:
Cristiano Ostinelli Photographer; Fotomartiz ; Ray Clever; Daniele Torella Photographer; Lucia Brusetti Photographer; Luca Rajna Progetti Fotografici; Pictures of wedding; Piero D’Orto

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