Congratulations! You're engaged! So now what? There are so many things to do and so many decisions to make that it can be overwhelming. Here is a checklist of things to do in the first few weeks after you get engaged to help make the process easier.







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Soak it all in

There's no denying that wedding planning can be stressful. From choosing the perfect wedding venue to finding the perfect dress, there are a million details to take care of. However, it's essential to take a step back and remember what the day is about: your love for each other. Before making decisions about flower arrangements and menu choices, take some time to enjoy being engaged. Go on a romantic getaway, or spend a quiet evening at home with a bottle of wine. Savour this time because it will be over before you know it. And when the big day finally arrives, you'll be glad you took the time to soak it in, just the two of you.

Announce your engagement to your friends and family

You've found the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with, and now it's time to let everyone know! Announcing your engagement is an exciting moment, and there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. First, decide how you want to spread the news. You can send formal engagement announcements, post on social media, or call your family and closest friends. Once you've decided how to announce your engagement, it's time to start thinking about who to tell first. You may want to start with your immediate family and move on to close friends. If you're posting on social media, you can reach out to a broader circle of people all at once. 

 Charlotte elise events wedding planner ukPhotographer Mary Parker, Wedding Planner Charlotte Elise Events

Start thinking about the wedding

Now, it's time to start dreaming about your wedding! This is one of the most exciting times in your life, and there are endless possibilities to explore. First, think about the overall feeling you want your wedding to have. Do you envision a formal affair with all the bells and whistles or a more laid-back celebration with close family and friends? Once you've set the tone, start thinking about specific details like the venue, catering, entertainment, and decorations. It's also essential to start planning for your budget. Talk to your partner about what you're both comfortable spending, and begin researching vendors who fit within your price range. The sky's the limit when it comes to weddings, so start brainstorming and let your imagination run wild!

Choose your wedding party - bridesmaids & groomsmen.

This cannot be easy because you want to choose people who are important to you and will support you on your special day. First, determine how many people you would like at your wedding party. It is common to have four bridesmaids and four groomsmen, but you may want more or fewer, depending on the size of your wedding. Once you have decided on the number of attendants, start thinking about who you would like to ask. Choosing people you are close to and know will be supportive throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding is essential. When making your decisions, be sure to take into consideration any scheduling conflicts or personal issues that could arise. Once you have chosen your wedding party, reach out to them and tell them that you would be honoured if they would stand by your side on your big day.

Katie Rogers PhotographyPhotographer Katie Rogers Photography

Search for dresses and tuxedos for the big day

The wedding day is one of the biggest days in a person's life. One of the most critical aspects of the day is what the bride and groom will wear. For many couples, this is the first time they will shop for formalwear together. The process can be both exciting and daunting. There are many factors to consider, such as budget, style, and comfort. With so much to think about, it's no wonder that some couples put off shopping for their wedding attire until the last minute. However, the process can be surprisingly stress-free with some planning and forethought. By taking the time to research your options and set a budget in advance, you can ensure that you'll find the perfect dress or suit for your big day.

Book your engagement photoshoot

What better way to commemorate this time than by an engagement photoshoot? This is an excellent opportunity to get some beautiful photos of you and your fiance together, and it's also a lot of fun! Plus, it's a great way to show off your new engagement ring. There are many things to consider when planning your engagement photo shoots, such as location, wardrobe, and props. Talking to your chosen photographer will make this process a lot easier as they will help you plan every detail and create unforgettable memories (and photos) that you'll cherish for years.

engagement photoshoot ukPhotographer Sharron Gibson Photographer

Create a Guestlist

After you get engaged, one of the first things you'll need to do is create a guest list. This can be daunting, especially if you have a large family or close friends. But there are a few ways to make the process easier:

  1. Sit down with your fiancé and decide which relatives and friends you want to invite.
  2. Make a list of the people you would like to ask but aren't essential.
  3. Go through your final list and budget to make sure you can afford to invite everyone you want.

Following these simple steps, you can create a guest list that will help make your wedding day perfect.

Choose A Venue And Set A Date

One of the first things you'll need to do is choose a venue. Do you want a traditional church wedding or something more unique? Once you've decided on the perfect setting, it's time to set a date. Remember that popular wedding venues can book up quickly, so it's essential to choose a date as soon as possible. Once the venue and date are locked down, you can start working on all the other details of your big day!

wedding venue wedding photographyPhotographer Rebecca Carpenter Photography, Venue Coworth Park

Get your team 

A big part of the planning process is building a team of wedding vendors. You'll need to find a venue, caterer, photographer, florist, entertainment, and more. The easiest way to go about it is to hire a wedding planner to take care of every small detail. But it's also okay if you want to do it all by yourself. The best way to find vendors is to ask for recommendations from friends who have recently married. Once you have a list of potential vendors, you should meet them in person to get a feel for their style and personality. Be sure to ask lots of questions and get everything in writing before you make any decisions. With a little effort, you'll be able to put together a team of vendors to help make your wedding day unforgettable!

Get organised 

After you get engaged, one of the first things to do is start organising. A wedding planner can be a big help, keeping track of all the details and helping to make sure everything is on track. Another helpful tool is a wedding checklist, which can help you track all the tasks that need to be done, from booking the venue to ordering the cake. By getting organised early on, you'll be able to avoid stress and enjoy the process of planning your big day.

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you're engaged, it's time to start planning your wedding. These ten things will help make the process less stressful and fun. Enjoy this exciting time in your life!


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is engagement photography?

Engagement photography is a meaningful and lasting way to capture your love story. While traditional wedding photography captures the formal aspects of your big day, engagement photography focuses on the two of you as a couple. It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your connection and affection for one another in a relaxed and intimate setting. 

Engagement parties are becoming increasingly common as couples look for ways to celebrate their recent engagement and share the news with their friends and family. While there's no set rule about having an engagement party, it's often considered an excellent way to kick off the wedding planning process and get everyone excited for the big day. 

How much is an engagement photo shoot in the UK?

This really depends on the photographer and the location and number of people being photographed. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere from £200-£600 for an engagement photo shoot in the UK. Some photographers may also offer a package deal that includes engagement and wedding photos.

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