Just Engaged! Set the tone of your wedding planning by being prepared. By Houston Wedding Planner

You've been anticipating the moment. Finally, he got down on one knee and popped the question and you said Yes. Now what?

One of my favorite phrases is "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail."  Here are my top 4 things to do once you receive that engagement ring.

1. ENJOY THE ENGAGEMENT: I think it is extremely important to celebrate the special moments in our lives, including celebrating the fact that someone has chosen to spend the rest of their lives with you.

So, before jumping into wedding planning mode, allow yourself to bask in the moment and enjoy the engagement. Allow your loved ones to celebrate with you, have a nice dinner party, or night out with friends, celebrate with your families.

2. DISCUSS DETAILS AS A COUPLE: So many times, I sit with a bride to be and ask her questions, she responds, and I incorporate her responses into the plans. When I get the opportunity to sit with both the bride to be and groom to be, I find that her previous response to my questions are different from his. 

My advice to the couple is before meeting with a wedding planner, deciding on a reception venue, wedding colors, wedding theme, etc... sit down, discuss and arrive at a consensus. This will create unity in the planning process and you will both be on the same page on budget, style and overall vision. This will also be a great practice in communication, compromise and understanding.

3. DECIDE ON A BUDGET: Once you and your significant other have sat down and discussed your wedding planning ideas, then decide on a budget that you are both comfortable with. 

4. CONTACT A PLANNER: Schedule a consultation with a planner. I know, I know, but hear me out.

       a. A planner will help you to organize the ideas you and your fiancé have discussed.

      b. A planner will inform you on what flowers are in season, what the current trends are, how your ideas can be brought to light and what may not be possible because of your location, the season, prices, etc...

     c. A planner will most likely have relationships with vendors that may help reduce your costs.

     d. A planner will help you understand what your budget can afford and in turn allow you to allocate your funds properly.

Most wedding planners offer free consultation, so why not take advantage of that and have an expert help you get on the right track.

Happy planning