He popped the question! She said YES! Now what?

1)      Let the world know – announce your engagement.  Consider planning an engagement party. Contact your local paper for guidelines on publishing your engagement announcement

2)      Get the engagement ring insured.  This is an often overlooked step, but an important one.

3)      Set the date – or at least a ballpark idea (Fall 2012, Spring 2013).  This will be important when talking with vendors, but remember you may need to be flexible.

4)      Start a wedding file or a wedding planner. Look through bridal, fashion, lifestyle, design and food magazines for inspiring ideas.  Don’t forget the numerous websites that are available also.

5)      Set a wedding budget!  It is important to know how much you can spend before you start looking at locations, dresses, and menus.

6)      Start a guest list.  There’s plenty of time to tweak the list, but an estimate will be needed to know the size of wedding venue and reception site that will be needed

7)      Get engagement photos.  These photos can be used in your local newspaper and save the date announcements.

8)      Start thinking about the wedding and reception sites.  Keep in mind that popular places can be booked well in advance (sometimes more than a year).  Come up with alternative locations and be creative.

9)      Choose your attendants.  Your attendants will be helpful in the planning process . . . and make the whole process a lot of fun!

10)  Begin the hunt for the wedding dress.  Remember it will take time to find THE DRESS.  Plus, time will need to be allotted for fittings and alterations on top of the time it takes for the dress to arrive.

Need more inspiration?  Here’s a list of Wedding Books that will help you on your journey!


Bridal Bargains: Secrets To Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget  

by Fields, Denise & Alan

Published in 2011, this book was shown on the Oprah show, The Today Show and Dateline NBC.  With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains, in its 9th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, will show you how to save money in every area of your wedding plans.


My Fair Wedding: Finding Your Vision– Through His Revisions!

by Tutera, David

This book is based on the WETV series My Fair Wedding.  Only a few lucky brides-to-be get the wedding makeover of their dreams as part of this hit reality show. With your library card, now you can plan the wedding you want with this wonderful book. It features the stories of the most memorable My Fair Wedding brides and gives you the “Tutera touch” as well as tools for creating an affair that you will cherish forever.


Weddings by Tara Guérard  

by Guerard, Tara and Banfield, Liz

With over a decade of experience, Tara Guérard is a premier event designer. In this book she takes the reader on a personally guided tour through twelve dream weddings. Tara covers topics from decorating the altar, the table, and even the bride’s shoes to choosing a venue and making decisions about the type of food to serve.  Tips and tricks are featured to make your special day even more special.


Autumn Friedli created this month’s blog.