Christmas Morning 2016, I said yes to marrying the greatest guy and for the rest of the day I was on cloud nine! Once the tears stopped flowing we quickly called all our close friends and family to tell them of the exciting news! After the initial shock subsided I thought to myself "So we're engaged, now what?". What is the next step ?
There are now so many things to think about, date, location, colour scheme, the list goes on. My brain was rushing a million miles an hour about everything. Being almost 8 weeks later, here is what I have accomplished so far and what everyone should do as soon as possible!
|| Get Ring Resized : I went the next day to take my ring in to be sized as it was too big. My proposal ring was a 6 1/2 and I needed a 4 1/4 (he didn't want to take any rings I wear incase I became suspicious) so I needed a new ring as resizing it that much would compromise the structure.
|| Insure The Ring : This is very important, you want to make sure you have coverage for it to be replaced should something happen to it --Knock on Wood--. My ring didn't come with an appraisal at the time of purchase so we had to send out the "new" ring to get this done which took 3 weeks.
|| Pick Up Wedding Magazines / Books : This was to kick things off for me, Start getting some inspiration for dress ideas, bridal party outfits etc. I also finally created a Pinterest Board to save more wedding ideas, but I have it set to a secret board because I want it to be somewhat of a surprise for guests who are also on Pinterest!
|| Go Out To Dinner With Just Us Two To Celebrate : Once family left for the holidays we treated ourselves to a nice dinner out to celebrate us! Our first date night as a newly engaged couple.
|| Buy A Wedding Planning Binder : This is the greatest purchase I have made so far I think in my life! It's from The Knot and It has checklists all set up for you, budget planning pages, appointment keeper, invitation examples and so much more! If you are interested in me doing a review on the one I purchased, let me know!
|| Decide On A Location : At first, this is what stressed me out the most. Between the 2 of us we have family spread across 5 provinces and a few overseas. Over a couple of weeks we looked at pro's and con's of each city and made a definite answer. Once we decided on location, it started to feel even more real.
|| Draft A Guest List : This is important because it will determine the types of venues we look at. Once I have an idea, I look at locations that can host that many people.
|| Finalize Colour Scheme : Pinterest was my best friend during this time. It was pretty much love at first sight for our colour scheme, and I'm the kind of person who likes lots of colours, so it'll all be incorporated in some way.
|| Plan Trip To Shop Venues : I have planned a week to head out to Vancouver to check out ceremony and reception venues. I have spent the last few weeks getting pricing and other info from each place and arranging viewing appointments. It's going to be a busy visit but once location is locked in, it's full steam ahead.
|| Decide On Bridal Party : This takes longer when everyone lives all over the place but we will get to them when the time is right!
|| Dress Shop : I've been binge watching Say Yes to The Dress! Trying to confirm what I do and do not like. I've got an idea in my head of the style and shape of a dress I want. I know that many times you go in thinking you want one thing but realize it doesn't look right so you end up with something completely different.. I have a feeling this will be my fate.
I would say I've made decent progress so far. It seems like it's years away but venues in Vancouver book fast and I need to make sure we can get in! Plus I am looking forward to deciding on a place so it sets the done for decorations and all the other details. Anyone out there with bride wisdom you can pass down to me ?