8 things to do after you’re ENGAGED

8 things to do after you’re ENGAGED!


It can get crazy and overwhelming so I put together a list of things to help you feel grounded and kick off your time as nearly weds!

1. Take a moment
Trust me, I know how exciting and overwhelming this time is! You will want to take it all in with your partner and celebrate just the two of you before you shout it from the rooftops. Pop a bottle of bubbly and enjoy a glass!

2. A special announcement
Call your friends and family to share the news! A fun thing to do is to video their reactions (these are memories you never want to forget!) Make a checklist of all of the special people in your life that you want to share the news. You don’t want to post on social media and leave someone out!

3. Live in the moment
Enjoy this time, and don’t feel pressured to make any wedding decisions days after your engagement. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

4. Discuss what’s important
Have a date night as an engaged couple (seriously this is special!) and discuss what is important to you both. The venue, guests, length of engagement, etc. Remember, this time and your wedding day are supposed to be all about the two of you and your wants. No one else’s. And there is no right or wrong way.

5. Make a Budget
Setting a budget may not sound like a lot of fun, but it is an important step to cross off your list early in the wedding planning process. I know how overwhelming it can feel. To start you off, here are some important things to discuss with each other.

  1. What can we afford right now?

  2. How much time do we have to save?

  3. Will I be getting any help from family?

Once you develop a budget this will make it easier when choosing vendors. Keep in mind, there will likely be unexpected wedding expenses that will take you by surprise, plan for these early!

6. Create a guest list
It is time to sit down and create your guest list. You will want this list done before meeting with wedding venues as this will determine what you can afford and what type of venue will work with your guest count. Break it down and make a spreadsheet – you’ll thank me later!

7. Gather Inspiration
Head over to that Pinterest board I know you’ve been adding to for years! If you don’t have a Pinterest board, I highly recommend it. This is a great way to share your vision with your vendors.

To start you off, here are a few things to think about.

  • what style of wedding do you want to have?

  • color palette

  • florals

8. Start the search for your vendors 

Make a list of vendors you know you want to meet with and book appointments accordingly. I realize this can be stressful, but remember to enjoy the process, time flies and you only get to do this once! Once you have your venue and date settled, book your dress appointment.

If planning becomes too stressful there are amazing partners that can help – check out The Wedding Planning Intensive.

XO, Malinda