Friday, 3 January 2014

[Tips] So you're engaged - now what?

So you are what is going to happen! Scared Excited? Want to shout it from the rooftops! Of course you do! Here is my 15-top tips of where to start now you are engaged!

1. Tell everyone you know!
Half the fun of getting engaged is being able to tell people. However before you post it on facebook for everyone to see, make sure you call your nearest and dearest first, mums and dads, brothers and sisters, Grannies and Grandads, best friends and anyone else you are really close to. Ask them to tell Aunties and Uncles or people you don’t really speak to and THEN update 
on facebook!!

2. Get your ring resized
So the ring that has been picked is perfect in every way but its not quite the right size, make sure you get it resized as you wouldn’t want to lose it (or turn your finger blue!) Depending on your jeweller and if you’ve worn it – they may swap it if they have the right size in stock, order a new one, which could take a week, or get it resized for you which is about the same.

3. Have a manicure!
Everyone will want to see the ring on your finger, and make sure its just as beautiful as they have been imagining! If you bite your nails, or don’t like them, then get a manicure! Make sure your nails have a gorgeous French tip – or a beautiful colour! As everyone will want to look at it!

4. Get your ring insured!
Nothing can ever replace the sentimental value of your ring, but if something happens to it, then you may at least get it repaired, or a replacement. You can either add it to your home insurance, or even jewellers do their own insurance which will repair/replace where needed – but be careful most insurances full stop wont cover for loss.

5. Tell the story!
Everyone will want to know the story of how the proposal happened, who knew and who didn’t that it was going to happen. Telling and retelling the story is the fun and excitement of being engaged. However, why not write it down – that way you will never forget it – but you can always email it to family and friends you don’t see that often so you aren’t retelling them 9 months down the line!

6. Set a Date
Everyone will want to know the date, its one of the next questions that they ask. Think of an idea of when you are going to tell people. If you are saving up and paying for things yourself and you know money is tight, tell them not for a couple of years, we’re liking just being engaged right now, oh we aren’t thinking until 2016. At least people will then have some form of “mental” idea in their diary – but nothing is confirmed.

7. Set a budget.
The Wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to go into astronomical figures, but they don’t come cheap. Think of a way that you can get a budget. This will depend on how much you are earning, how much you are wanting to save and if you have any helping hands. Try as much as you can to have a “base” total budget – and then from this when you are ready to start booking things, start setting aside other smaller pots of your budget for the things that you require.

8. Start a savings account

This will help, set up a joint savings account and see how much money you can save each month – whether its £50 each, or £150 together every little will help when you are putting it into the pot and this will then help when you are paying supplier deposits, as well as final balances the closer to the Wedding.

9. Get organised
You will start getting Wedding Brochures and finding idea’s and your budget and picking up leaflets. So get a folder, or a box to keep everything in. Keep your favourites and your “must have’s” closer to the front so when you come to booking things at least you have your hands on them easier!

10. The Ceremony
Is it going to be a religious ceremony, or a civil ceremony? Make sure you chose a ceremony that you find is right for you!

11. Inspiration Everywhere!
Start looking at what you like, and make it about you – you will find inspiration everywhere, but you will find most of it at home. Make yourself a pinterest account to keep all your ideas in one place, but if you don’t want your friends to “steal” ideas, then make sure its private!

12. Mock the List!

Do you want a small wedding, or a larger wedding? Do you have specific people on your “must have” list, and a reserved list? This number of people generally depends on your Wedding style, your venue and of course your Budget. Have a rough idea in your head, but sit down with your partner and write your “must have” guests so you know that your numbers will be realistic.

13. The Venue
The venue is one of the biggest parts of getting married and will take up the biggest chunk of your budget (around 50%). There are many different things to think about and you will visit a few venues before you decide on the right one for you. Does it have nice outside grounds or would photographs need to be done inside? Does it have nice inside options in case it rains? Is it all in one room, are there several rooms, are you the only wedding? Is it easily accessible for older and disabled guests? Many things to think about – don’t just book the first venue you see, but venues will not hold a date without a deposit!

14. Your Suppliers
Your Wedding Day won’t be the same without some suppliers, whether its your Photographer, chair covers, florist – you will need some of these! Most suppliers cannot take a booking from you until they have your confirmed Wedding date, which is only after you have confirmed your venue. When you have almost set your heart on your venue you can start looking at suppliers. Attend Wedding fayres, and collect leaflets to go in your Wedding Folder!

15. Celebrate!
You are ENGAGED! Celebrate this fact, whether you use it as an excuse for a party – or a meal with your friends and family, or an exclusive night for you two in a beautiful restaurant and hotel – celebrate the engagement. Don’t jump in with both feet for the Wedding Planning – just remember – you both have an amazing future ahead of you!

To Discuss your Wedding Photography with myself please email adele@bluelightsphotography or call the office on 01226 872491 

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