First and foremost- congratulations!!!! Finding a forever partner to do life with is a great gift to have. Step one after getting engaged is to enjoy it for a few weeks! After that, starts the process of the big Coke or Pepsi game, as I often compare wedding planning to. Once you had a moment to bask in the excitement, is to decide what your overall budget is going to be. This is going to be the big domino that affects all the rest of your planning. Check out my article on budgets to decide how to make a budget and which style is best for you, https://www.hmevents.net/post/all-things-budgets.
After you get your budget handled, the next step is whether or not you are wanting an event planner to assist in your planning and when would you want them to start! HM Events has 3 different levels of event planning to fit in wherever your budget may be! My personal services can either start right away, after you pick your main vendors, or help out the day of and handle things starting a month out. Once you have made the choice on an event coordinator or not, the main decision you need to make as soon as possible is where your venue is going to be. Wedding venues on average can book out anywhere from 10-18 months in advance. So if you have an idea of when you would like to get married, get that venue secured ASAP! The choices for venues are absolutely endless. But the options really boil down to; where you would like the ceremony, and if you want it as the same place as the reception. Once your venue is secured, the primary vendors will need to be chosen shortly after but you can take your time a little more for them. The venue is usually the one most couples don’t think book out as far as they do, then they won’t be able to have their date when they want!
I hope this article gave a little insight into the first few steps of the wedding planning process, and good luck with finding your venue!