9 things you should do after you get engaged
Congratulations on your engagement! This is a wonderful time to celebrate your love and plan for your future together. But it can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding vendors. There are so many things to consider, from the venue to the catering to the flowers. And of course, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is who will capture your special day on camera.
As a professional Cornish wedding photographer, we know how much your wedding photos mean to you. They are not just images; they are memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why we want to help you find the perfect photographer for your style, personality and budget. In this blog post, we’ll share with you 9 things you should do after you get engaged.
Before you dive into the planning process, take some time to enjoy this moment with your partner. Pop some champagne, go out for a romantic dinner, or have a cosy night in. You can also share the news with your family and friends, either in person or on social media. Don’t forget to take some selfies or hire a photographer for a surprise engagement session. You’ll want to have some photos of this happy occasion to look back on.
- Set a budget.
One of the first things you should do after you get engaged is to figure out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. This will help you narrow down your options and avoid overspending. You can use online tools or apps to create a budget spreadsheet and track your expenses. You should also decide how you will pay for the wedding, whether it’s from your savings, your parents’ contribution, or a loan.
- Choose a date and location.
The next step is to decide when and where you want to get married. This will depend on several factors, such as your availability, your preferred season, your guests’ travel plans, and your venue’s availability. You can choose a specific date or a range of dates that work for you. You should also think about whether you want a local or destination wedding, and what kind of setting you want for your ceremony and reception.
- Book your venue.
Once you have a date and location in mind, you should start looking for your venue as soon as possible. Your venue will set the tone for your wedding and influence many other aspects of your planning. You should research online, visit in person, and compare prices and packages of different venues. You should also ask about their policies, such as cancellation, deposit, catering, and alcohol. Why not check out our blog post on Choosing your wedding venue in Cornwall.
- Hire your photographer.
One of the most important vendors you’ll need to book early is your photographer. Your photographer will be with you throughout your wedding day, capturing every moment and emotion. You should look for a photographer who has experience in shooting weddings in Cornwall, and who has a personality that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Why not have a chat to us – we wil be more than happy to meet up for a coffee and discuss your big day.
- Create a guest list.
Another thing you should do after you get engaged is to create a guest list for your wedding. This will help you determine the size and cost of your wedding, as well as the invitations and seating arrangements. You should start with a rough list of everyone you want to invite, then prioritize them according to their relationship with you and your partner. You should also consider your venue’s capacity and your budget.
- Send out save-the-dates.
Once you have a date, location, and guest list, you should send out save-the-dates to let your guests know about your wedding plans. Save-the-dates are usually sent out 6 to 12 months before the wedding, depending on how far in advance you need to book travel and accommodation. You can choose from different formats, such as cards, magnets, or emails. You should include the basic information about your wedding, such as the date, location, and website.
9. Plan the details.
After you have secured the major elements of your wedding, such as the venue and the photographer, you can start planning the details that will make your wedding unique and personal. This includes things like the theme, colour scheme, flowers, cake, music, entertainment, favours, and more. You can use online resources or magazines for inspiration and ideas