Wedding Ideas

You’re Engaged, Now What?!

Posted on January 03 by Molly Gregor

The love of your life got down on one knee, looked into your eyes and told you he wanted to spend the rest of his life making you as happy as you make him—Congratulations! What an exciting and memorable time…but now what?! Don’t worry…here’s what to do next!

1. Set up a FREE bridal account at newjerseybride.com. We’re the ONLY bridal website that is written and created by editors who live and work in New Jersey and who actually know the venues and vendors you’ll be looking at for your wedding. With your free account, you’ll get a download of our current magazine issue, a bridal checklist to help you on your way to the altar, access to our private Facebook group, access to our editors, and many more bridal hacks and exclusive information. You can search for your dream venue…and even contact vendors directly through your account without having to give them your email address (or set up a separate wedding email!). You can also share your engagement story online here at newjerseybride.com.

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2. Set up a separate bank account just used for the wedding. Many brides even open up a brand-new credit card to JUST put their wedding expenses on. Shop around to get the best deal: a free card with perks that you’ll actually use. All of your deposits and wedding expenses will add up over time, resulting in a large payout. Just be sure to pay off each month so that you’re not incurring even more fees on top of your wedding expenses. Keeping all of your wedding expenses on one card is an easier way to manage your budget and keep track of everything.

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3. Put together your projected guest list so you can have a sense of the size and scope of the wedding. Click here for some tips if your list is large and you’re considering a B list!

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4. Set a wedding budget. Click here for tips on how to pay for it all!

5. Consider hiring a wedding planner if you don’t have a lot of free time, live out of state or would just prefer someone else to help you handle all the planning. A wedding planner can help find experienced vendors, negotiate contracts and avoid any pitfalls.

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6. Put together a Pinterest board to see the style. But don’t go OVERBOARD. Click here to read these tips so that you don’t require a Pintervention…LOL! Haven’t started your board yet? Click here for some of ours!

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7. Invite your bridal party. Click here for some clever ways to ask if they’ll be in your wedding!

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8. Get a massage to help you relax and enjoy the process (with your fiancé). Click here for some more great ways to de-stress! And one more article on ways to de-stress! Bridal Brain is definitely a THING, so be sure to read about it here and find ways to combat it!

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9. Be realistic about your goals and expectations. Read a few of our “Know Before You Go” articles on venue shopping,dress shopping and hiring a photographer.

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10. Take the moms out to lunch so they can meet and let them enjoy the process with you. And while there, you can share these tips.

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11. Set aside a date night with your fiancé each week or month so you do not lose each other in the planning process. And click here for a bucket list of things to do as a couple BEFORE you get married!

Let the planning begin!

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