You’ve just been asked the most exciting question of your life, and you answered with ease and overflowing excitement. Now your mind is reeling with a thousand other questions. What should I do next? My first word of advice is to take a deep breath. I get it – you’re excited and you want to hit the ground running planning your wedding, but trust me, there will be time for that. For now, I encourage you to savor this time and even allow yourself to spend a few days in post-engagement bliss before you begin to tackle the seemingly endless to-do list for planning your wedding. When you’re ready, I am here to simplify the five things that should be at the top of your list.
1. Insure your ring
Suddenly the fourth finger on your left hand has become unbearably distracting. Being totally and completely enamored by your shiny new adornment is part of reveling in the post-engagement glow that I mentioned earlier. I’ll admit that this is the least romantic task on this list, and I’ll bet that insurance policies didn’t exactly cross your mind when you envisioned planning your wedding.
I am telling you to insure your ring not only because of the financial investment that it may have been, but also for what it symbolizes for you and your partner. What do you do when you want to protect something that’s important to you? You insure it.
Be thorough in your search for an insurance policy. You may even find that it can be covered under your current policy, depending on the price of the ring and your coverage. You can even secure a policy that renews automatically, so you can worry about it once and rest easy. Like all other insurance policies, they only seem necessary until you need them. And trust me, you don’t want to experience that feeling.
2. Build your wedding binder.
Despite what you’ve seen in movies, TV shows, or even personal experiences, there IS a way to avoid wedding madness. And I’m even willing to share the secret with you: stay organized. Not as profound as you might have guessed, is it? I’m about to make it even simpler for you. Book with RTR and we even provide a wedding binder for you, ready to be filled with your unique tastes and ideas!
It’s the big things.
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to planning and executing the wedding of your dreams. In your wedding binder you can easily organize all of your vendor information, your timeline for the day of, and your schedule for all the meetings in between.
It’s the little things.
It’s easy to remember the big vendors involved in your wedding and to feel like you’ve accomplished a lot once you’ve secured them, but there are a lot of small details involved in planning your wedding too. Did you order tables that are 6-foot rounds or 5-foot rounds? Should the tablecloth be 120 inches or 136 inches? You’re a human so it’s okay to forget things, but having a binder that you can consult in these instances will save you from a matrimony meltdown later on.
3. Nail down your budget.
Now, there’s a reason I didn’t say “tack down” your budget. I intentionally chose “nail down” because it is important to establish your budget early on and stick to it. Realizing that you spent more than you intended is an uncomfortable feeling that can be completely avoided. And believe me when I say that the RTR team can make your dreams come true within your budget.
Once you establish your total budget, you can allocate funds to the things that are most important to you. You will be glad that you spent time developing a budget before you begin your vendor selection.
4. Set a rough date
Your date will dictate your vendor choices, from the venue to the florist, and your selection of these will go much smoother if you have a rough date in mind when you’re “shopping.”
Notice I didn’t say “set a date in stone.” This is your wedding day – you’re allowed to hold some non-negotiable wishes and some negotiable wishes. Decide with your partner what level of flexibility you have when it comes to setting a date for your wedding. You may find that your dream venue is not available for the date you in mind, but is available within the same month. If you have established a budget and set a rough date, these conversations can be handled with ease.
5. Get Inspired!
Don’t worry y’all- I saved the best for last! And believe me when I say that I had your best interest in mind when I suggested you get all of the “boring details” out of the way right off the bat. Now that you’ve taken care of those things, your mind is now free to envision your perfect wedding day and let it wander!
One of the things I love most about my job is being able to take a bride’s unique and individual taste, and turn it into a reality! Don’t be afraid to write down each of your ideas and seek inspiration from all over! You can feel safe taking stylistic risks when RTR is on your side