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Congratulations to all who recently got engaged during this past engagement season! You’re about to embark on a new journey to begin a new life with your significant other. So exciting!

By this time, you probably have already informed your family and close friends about your engagement. Today, I will share with you some important next steps to get the ball rolling on your wedding planning. Relax, I’m here for you. 🙂

Date / Time Frame



Have a conversation with your significant other about an ideal date to get married. What season do you want to be married? Summer? Winter? Choose a date that will allow you to have enough time to save for and plan the wedding of your dreams. Also, be mindful of holidays. Some holidays may be convenient to have your wedding, as many have off of work. Others may not.


I would say that location and date should go hand in hand. Have the date and location discussion at the same time. Will you get married where you live? In your home state? Or perhaps, you want a destination wedding. It’s important to know a date or time frame when researching availability of potential wedding venues.


Whether you want a $40,000 wedding or a wedding under $10,000, you can have the wedding of your dreams working with any amount. Have a honest conversation about what you both can realistically afford. It’s simply not smart to begin your marriage in debt due to the cost of one day. A good question to ask here is, how many guests will be in attendance. While you won’t know exactly, it’s good to have an estimate number to work with. If you need some budget assistance or have questions, send me an email.

Wedding Vision

Great Gatsby themed wedding (River North Love)

Great Gatsby themed wedding (River North Love)

For some people, they have dreamed of their wedding day since they were little. And then there are those who have their weddings all planned out on Pinterest. And for others, not much thought has been given. Wherever you are is completely fine. But your wedding vision is important to think about as it provides a foundation for your wedding day. Here are some questions to solidify the vision for your wedding:

  • How do you want your wedding described? (Whimsical, romantic, modern, chic, rustic, fun, elegant, etc.) Choose a few words that best describe how you want your day to be.
  • Do you have a color or theme you would like to have? Perhaps purple is your favorite color, so you want to work with a color scheme of purple and gold. Do you both have a love of books and literature? Incorporating that into your wedding theme would get your wedding personality.
  • What are your non-negotiables? What things must you have on your wedding day? While you may want it all, it’s best to choose about three top things that your wedding must have.

Additional Things to Think About

  • Save the Dates – Will you need to them? (If your wedding is 3-4 months away, no need for save the dates, just send actual invitations) Will you be sending them via email or snail mail?
  • Engagement Photos – Will you be taking engagement photos? Will you want to use the photos for your save the dates or for your wedding site?
  • Wedding Site – Wedding sites provide all the information to guests about your wedding. It also lets people know where your gift registry is. Some sites are free and other costs.
  • Ensuring your Engagement Ring – This may or may not be something you’re interested in. Just providing the information in case it is.

I hope these few next steps will help you on your way to begin wedding planning. Remember, it’s just one day to celebrate the rest of your new life. While it’s a big day, don’t make it too complicated or cause significant stress. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

– G