I’m Engaged! Now What? 8 Steps for the Bride-to-Be

OMG, you’re engaged! After being on cloud nine for a while, you start to sober up from all the love and happiness… And then that phrase suddenly turns into, “OMG, you’re getting married!” While that’s ultimately a wonderful thing, you can’t help but feel a teeny bit overwhelmed. “Where do I start?” is the usual first thought that will pop into your mind, and you suddenly figure out that you’re not quite so sure. Not to worry, though, because we’re here to help you with that!

[Photo: Danielle Rueda]

Step 1.

Everyone’s going to be asking you when you’ll get married, so it’s best to actually think about it. It’s nice to whip up a mini-timeline for you and your beau–that’ll help you guys strategize your planning as well!

Step 2.

Now that the fact that you’re going to get married is starting to sink in, it’s nice to start visualizing what you want to happen! Familiarizing yourself with different themes can be really helpful so that you know what you’re leaning towards and which ones you’re not too keen on. Word of caution: Don’t settle for the first thing you see. There are tons of options out there, and they can get quite overwhelming. Don’t just follow what’s trending at the moment either–choose things that’ll reflect you and your hubby-to-be!

Step 3.

This is crucial before you start making things come to life. You have to have a cap or range just to keep you on track. Overspending becomes easy because of the absence of a budget. And be realistic!

Step 4.

It’s time to start asking your Maid of Honor, Best Man, bridesmaids, and groomsmen! These people will be your wedding party, and take note that they won’t just be attending the wedding–they’ll be helping you with preparations as well! So make sure you ask them way ahead of your wedding day so you can be sure they’ll be there for you every step of the way.

Step 5.

This is quite a tricky task, but you should get to this right away so you can be sure that the people you want to celebrate with will be free on your big day! Really discuss this with your fiancé, and let both your families know the direction you’re taking as well (lots of people vs. going intimate). Remember: you get the final say!

Step 6.

By now, things are starting to have shape. You can decide whether or not you want a wedding coordinator to fix things along the way for and with you, just have one on the day, or none at all. It really depends on how hands-on you want to be or how busy you are, so think about this thoroughly.

Step 7.

Venues get booked pretty fast, so if you have one in mind, you better get to it right away! But don’t just settle for the earliest available date–make sure you know the weather at the time, and how much time you have left for planning the rest of your wedding.

Step 8.

Your dream wedding suppliers also get booked pretty quickly, too! Time to think of who will take your photos and video, your hair and makeup, style your event, etc. and pencil them in!


And you’re on your way! Now that you’ve got the foundations covered, it’s time to get to all the details, like your gown and complete look, for example. Not feeling so lost anymore? Great! Happy planning, darlings!

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