Wedding planning

What to do after your engagement

You are engaged! Now, what do you do first? Below are the 5 most important focuses that I feel you should consider when starting/before you even start the planning process. I have planned and spent many years being a part of this industry – here are a few tips that I give all my brides when they first get engaged. Deep breath. You can do this!

Enjoy your significant other

1. Do not neglect your significant other 

You are getting married. Be sure you never lose sight of the reason this process started in the first place. Plan date nights regularly that do not involve wedding planning or even wedding talk. Your life together is the most important factor. It is the reason why you even have to plan anything at all…do not loose sight of each other by getting all caught up in the details. Have a glass of wine together and just enjoy why you said YES.

2. Choose your top 5 non-negotiable aspects of your wedding

Decide what is most important to you as a couple and at your wedding. Are pictures the most important? Weather/time of year? Make a list and prioritize these things first. Do not compromise on these non-negotiable, only compromise with items and details less important to you.

How many wedding guests?

3. Your Guest List

Probably the hardest thing you will have to do in the planning process. Start now. Make your A, B, C list and start collecting addresses. Start a google drive that you both can view and take it day by day. You can never start collecting addresses soon enough.

4. BUDGET

Set a “heart attack” budget, meaning you may not have a set price for each vendor or item, or even know what to expect but, you do know how much you DO NOT want to spend. You can develop a budget percentage/break down from that “heart attack” base. Then do a little research on the average cost of items and delegate a percentage to those items.

When you have the all these numbers ready provide them to your vendors. Letting vendors know your budget when you start a meeting will help them provide you with the options available. When/if you go over budget in a specific area, remember to not compromise on the non-negotiable items (see #2) you can pull from your budget in areas that are not a priority to you to help balance everything out.

Select your wedding venue

5. Your Wedding Date

Venues book up sometimes a year in advance (or more). Narrow down your search for what you want to have in a venue (bar, food, time frame, price). Pick three dates and call the venues to see if they are available on those dates. Have a few options can help you get the venue you desire.

Remember enjoy this process. Do not lose sight of #1 and #2 and your planning process will go much more smoothly and enjoyable for all!

Happy planning!

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Be Romantic

Photo by Cari

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

We all have heard of the couples that celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversaries! Why not try be one of those couples that can say – we made it!!

The team from  www.theperfectproposal.co.za believes that the smallest gestures count the most! In saying this we have put together a list for you to try in your relationship! It’s summer and time to be romantic!

Keep romance alive

Amidst The Wedding Planning – Don’t Forget To Be Romantic

  1. Arrive home with flowers every day for a week
  2. Give him a massage with fancy massage oils
  3. Arrange a sunset picnic for two on the beach
  4. Pitch a tent outside in your garden and sleep under the stars
  5. Celebrate the first time you went on a date by recreating the night

Write love letters

  1. Write him a love letter and post it to him – really old fashioned!
  2. Leave little notes around the house saying “I love you”
  3. Kiss in the morning and remember to always kiss at night before you fall asleep, especially if you have just had a fight
  4. Tidy his cupboards – he will be shocked
  5. Make him his favourite cupcakes and ice his name on the top

Enjoy public kisses

  1. Share kisses in public
  2. Take her dancing
  3. Make him breakfast in bed
  4. Enjoy a nice glass of champagne on a Tuesday night
  5. Buy her a herb garden planted in pots saying: “Be mine”

Dine out

  1. Surprise her with a dinner for two at her favourite restaurant
  2. Hold hands at the next family event
  3. Arrange a photo shoot and put the pictures up on the fridge
  4. Buy her a heart-shaped locket
  5. Kiss for the love of kissing

Say it with flowers

We know these are some small ideas but you have to look back at the bigger picture. We all tend to get caught up in our busy lives and time seems to float away – that’s why it’s important to make the small moments count.

We at The Perfect Proposal believe that every couple should be romantic in their relationship! The first time you kissed, went on a date, got married – these are the most memorable moments that need to be celebrated! If you need that extra help, we offer proposal planning, wedding planning and date nights. The best moments in life are shared with loved ones – we can assist you create those unforgettable memories!

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Keep romance alive

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