The holidays are when many wedding proposals happen, so if you’re sporting brand-new bling on your left hand, we want to wish you Congratulations!! Enjoy this wonderful time, sharing your news with friends and family. But with this new-found excitement often comes the anxiety about where to start first. So we consulted with Stephanie Eckweiler from the Finishing Touch Events in Millburn for a few quick wedding-planning pointers. Here’s where she suggested you start first:
1. Make a stop at your favorite salon and make sure your nails look great—afterall, over the coming weeks it will be all about looking at the Ring! Try out one of winter’s hot colors like Plum or Gold, or go for a soft neutral.
2. Agree on your budget and prioritize what is really important to you. This is the most important first step to take with your fiancé and your parents. Once you have a general number, think about the three areas that are most important to you, whether it be the food, the music, the photography, and note it. This will be critical information as you start to divvy up the funds.
3. Start a website or wedding blog that will allow you to continue to talk about your engagement and share the details of your planning with friends and family. It is also a great way to make it easier to share details on travel, lodging and local attractions if you have guests coming in from out of town. Be sure to post a lot of pictures and share your engagement story and how you fell in love.
4. Do some research on what the up-and-coming trends are and see what suits your style. For 2013, inspiration for weddings will come from a wide array of eras. Bridal fashion will be heavily inspired by the glamour of the 1920s and 30s, receptions designed as stylish dinner parties inspired by the buzzy 1960s (thanks Mad Men!) and big, bold accessories are a must which is a throwback to 1980s fashion. With this mishmash of eras, it is easy to get lost in the mix. Check out magazines, blogs, Pinterest and more, and take plenty of time to decide what is really you and how you envision your day.
5. Lastly and MOST importantly, take time to enjoy your honey. One of the most important things to remember when planning your wedding is that it can sometimes be a stressful time, so be sure to enjoy moments with your fiancé along the way and remember why you are making all of these plans. Spend evenings enjoying dinner together or even schedule a couple’s massage. Whatever you do, take the time to let each other know how much you appreciate one another and how excited you are to get married.