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5 Things You Need To Do After Getting Engaged | From An Experienced Sarasota Wedding Planner

When starting your wedding planning journey, it's essential to approach the process with a blend of excitement and a well-thought-out plan. Your engagement is not just about making a grand announcement; it’s about laying the groundwork for this new chapter in you and your fiancé's lives. This balance ensures the journey remains memorable and enjoyable.

Savor Your Engagement

This special chapter in your relationship is meaningful and deserves special attention. Don’t let the whirlwind of wedding planning make you overlook the enjoyment of being engaged. It’s a time to soak in all the excitement, have those deep chats about your future, and appreciate the journey you're about to take together. Kick off the celebration with an engagement party to share the good news with your favorite people and make the most of this incredibly romantic phase.

Discuss Your Wedding Budget

Setting a wedding budget involves determining who is contributing and how much they plan to give. While these initial numbers may fluctuate, it's important to know what you're starting off with. Consulting with a wedding planner is incredibly beneficial at this stage to ensure that your financial expectations are realistic to bring your vision to life.

Think About Your Guest List

Crafting your guest list isn’t just a mundane task; it’s a strategic decision that shapes the entire event. The number of guests you invite has the largest impact on your budget, as it affects your venue size and your food and beverage spend. Plus, for each 8-10 guests you invite, you'll need to add on extra centerpieces, linen rentals, place settings, etc.

Research Wedding Planners

The expertise of a wedding planner is invaluable from the outset. We hone in on your vision and guide you through the process by advising you on how to spend wisely. It's not uncommon for couples to have already overspent on the vendors they selected before hiring us.

Even if you want to be super hands-on, choosing a partial planner can prevent unnecessary spending and ensure your budget is invested in areas that enhance your vision.

Design with Intention

While gathering inspiration from platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest, focus on key elements that truly resonate with how you envision your wedding day. Overloading on endless, random ideas can dilute your focus. Now, don’t get me wrong, we need some inspiration and an idea of what you want, but it’s best for us to start with your dream elements and include those into your budget before we tackle the massive amounts of pictures you send us.

By following this expert advice, your wedding planning journey will be smoother, more enjoyable, and most importantly, will set a solid foundation for creating an unforgettable day.


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