Congratulations on your engagement! If you're feeling overwhelmed and wondering what to do next, here are a few tips to help you get started:
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Celebrate! Take some time to enjoy this special moment with your partner. Pop some champagne, call your friends and family, and revel in the excitement of your new engagement.
Set a budget. Determine how much you're comfortable spending on your wedding, and start planning your budget accordingly. This will help you narrow down your options and make decisions about your venue, vendors, and other expenses.
Start a wedding planning binder or folder. This can be a physical or digital file where you keep track of your ideas, inspirations, and important documents.
Set a wedding date. Consider the time of year, your schedules, and any other important factors when choosing a date. Keep in mind that popular venues and vendors may book up well in advance, so it's a good idea to start planning as soon as possible.
Choose your wedding party. Think about who you want to stand by your side on your big day, and ask them to be your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Start looking for a venue and vendors. Research different options and start contacting venues and vendors to check availability and get quotes. Don't forget to book a photographer, florist, and makeup artist early on, as these pros often book up quickly.
With these steps in mind, you'll be well on your way to planning the wedding of your dreams!