Newly Engaged! Now What?

You’re newly engaged and beyond excited; now what? Planning for a wedding can be one of the most stressful, yet most rewarding moments of a couple’s life together, but where to start planning is always the question. As your family and friends join in on this exciting time, the following questions may arise: When is the big day? Where is the wedding going to take place? Are you going to have a short or long engagement? Is the wedding going to be big or small? When are you going to start looking for a dress? You may not have the answers to any of these questions, but here are five tips for newly engaged couples to get a jumpstart on planning for that special day.

Plan an Engagement Party

Setting your wedding date will soon come up in the planning stages, but there is one date you can set right away: the engagement party. This is where you will have the opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends, receive a few words of wisdom from those closest to you and show off your ring!

In addition to setting the engagement party date, announce your local engagement on the Coastal Virginia Bride wedding page to share the news with family and friends. This will be great to look back at years down the road.


Before deciding on which type of wedding is right for you, think about your budget. Every wedding comes with a price tag, whether it is big or small. Sit down and decide how much you are willing and able to spend on your special day. Your budget is the key to deciding the size and type of wedding, so think about your must haves up front to include in the budget.

Guest List and Bridal Party

Take some time to come up with a guest list to get a sense of how many you are working with. Once you have an approximate number, you can take a look at your budget to see if your numbers are feasible. Also, your bridal party will play a significant role in your wedding, so choose your party wisely and think about size and cost as well.

Decide on a Month

There are several factors to consider when narrowing down which month you would like the wedding to take place. Start by thinking about which season is most appealing to you. Do you enjoy the spring flowers, summer heat, fall leaves or winter snow? Also remember rain and hurricanes are prominent in certain months, while heat waves and snowstorms are prominent in others. There are pros and cons to each season, so choose wisely.

Browse the Internet

Take some time to browse the Internet for wedding inspiration. You will not know what you love or vice versa until you weigh your options. Research what venues can accommodate your guest list size, take a look at vendors, read reviews, and maybe even think about hiring a wedding planner.

Planning your wedding can be stressful at times, but know that the stress will not last forever. This is a joyous time for you and your loved one, so enjoy the planning and think about the end result. The wedding bells are ringing, so start your planning today!

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