Congratulations! You said “YES!” and got the ring! YAY! Enjoy the upcoming days of letting everyone you know hear the joyous news! But first things first – get a manicure! Showing off that rock will keep your hands in the spotlight, and you want your nails to sparkle as much as your new bling.
Buy Ring Insurance
You know that panic that sets in when you cannot find your phone, or your car keys? Could you imagine losing your sparkly new engagement ring? This will be the most un-romantic thing you do as a couple, but it is well worth it. Most homeowners and renter’s insurance policies have an extension that you can add, or you can get a personal articles policy. They are surprisingly inexpensive, and the peace of mind is invaluable.
Pick a Date!
It is very wise to start thinking about a date now. Desirable wedding dates and venues get booked fast and far in advance. It usually takes 12 – 18 months to plan the weddings of your dreams and secure the right vendors that have the special touches to bring your wedding vision to life.
Determine Guest List Size
Before deciding on a budget or checking out venues, gather a list of your closest friends, family and loved ones to get a good idea of how many people you would like to invite. Most venues will need your guest count to determine size and space for your big day. You will want to have an ”all-star” list and a back-up “B” list. Keep in mind that 10 – 15% of your invites will not be able to attend.
No one likes to talk about money, but before you start making decisions on venues, catering, and most importantly, that once in a lifetime dress, you must determine who is paying for what. Remember to be reasonable, especially if your parents are footing the bill. Money can be the root of all evil, so be honest and upfront with all parties involved. The last thing you need is a family feud in the middle of planning the best day of your life.
Decide on what style your wedding will be, that way narrowing down your venue choices won’t be so overwhelming. Research venues online first, then make appointments to visit them in person. Now that you have a guest count and a budget in mind, it will be easier to navigate thru all the possibilities.
Drumore Estate offers a variety of venue options, indoor and outdoor, for ceremonies and receptions of various sizes. We have in-house catering and customizable menu options created especially for you by our Executive Chef. In fact, customization is our specialty! Our experienced wedding planners will work closely with you every step of the way, from vendor suggestions to linen colors, your wedding timeline and so much more! We pride ourselves in making your wedding day easy, beautiful, and stress-free!
Remember during all the researching and planning, take time to enjoy your engagement. Little celebratory moments will last a lifetime, so take lots of pictures, even if they seem silly at the time. You are both solidifying your relationship as a couple and taking it the next level. Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions or advice…this is your day!