What To Know / / You Just Got Engaged, Now What?!

Bride to be, congratulations!! You’re engaged!!! This is such a special time in your life and you’re about to embark on such a huge life journey. You may be the bride who has been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl. You may have already thought of the dress you’ll wear, the type of venue you want to get married in, the color palette of your dreams, and all of the details in between. Or, you may be the bride who is totally clueless on what you want for your wedding day and that’s ok! In this blog of What To Know, we’re talking about what your first few steps should be after you just got engaged. Just remember, before you do anything, take it all in and enjoy being engaged. Take that ring selfie, show off your new fiancé, and pop some champagne because you’re getting married!

Photo / /  Sarah Ascanio

Photo / / Sarah Ascanio

What To Know / / One / / How Long Will Your Engagement Be?

Your new fiancé got down on one knee, popped the question, and you said yes! Your mind might be racing to all of the wedding ideas that you’ve had because you’re excited but first things first, talk with your new fiancé on how long of an engagement the two of you want to have. An average engagement lasts a year but if you extend it you’ll have that much more time to plan and potentially money to save. A wedding is likely going to be the most expensive life event that you have to plan so having a few extra months available to save will allow you to have more of the key things you want without having to stress about the costs right away. Another thing to consider when planning the length of your engagement is also checking out the new and upcoming venues that aren’t available yet. If you plan to have a longer engagement to get married in a brand new venue, it may persuade you to push out your wedding date just a little bit more to have access to a cool and unique venue that no one else has gotten married in yet.

What To Know / / Two / / What Time of Year Do You Want To Get Married?

When you first get engaged you will like be asked when your wedding date is set for by all of your friends, family, co-workers, and pretty much anyone and everyone in your life. Everyone loves a wedding! It’s ok to not have an exact wedding date set yet but one thing to keep in mind is the time of year you want to get married. Most of us Minnesotans will likely want to have a wedding during peak wedding season to enjoy some nice weather. Peak wedding season is anywhere from May-October however if you opt for a non-peak wedding season date from November-April you will likely be eligible for a discount on your venue. I love an off season wedding because it allows our clients to have more attention dedicated to them from all areas of the planning process. Keep these things in mind and you may decide a wedding in November is more your style than a June wedding, plus, it will save you some money in the long run!

What To Know / / Three / / What Other Events Are On Your Calendar?

When beginning to think about your wedding date, you will want to consider what other events are on your calendar or your family’s and friend’s calendar right away. Other weddings, vacations, or work commitments may be all things to consider when planning your wedding because it may affect the people that are the closest and most important to you. Level setting with your immediate family right away is always something that we recommend because they’ll likely know if there is another family event on the calendar. Also talking with your key friends and potential wedding party members right away is something we recommend as well because you will want them to be available not only for your wedding day but the events leading up to your wedding day including the rehearsal dinner, the bachelor/bachelorette parties, bridal showers, etc. And if you follow our first two What To Know recommendations in this blog, you will be concise when you get to speaking with your family & friends.

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