The question has been popped and the yes has been given. Now you are about to experience a whirl wind of activity that surrounds planning a wedding. Getting engaged can be one of the most exciting moments of your life. You realize that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone and you want to have a wedding and reception where everyone can celebrate your love. After you say yes to the engagement you may be left a little baffled as to what the next steps will be.
If you live in a big city you most likely have local bridal expos. These events are typically at convention centers and large banquet facilities. Venders have a chance to show case their talent and their products. When you purchase tickets to attend a bridal expo be ready with your handy pen and paper and smart phone, so you can take notes and pictures. You will come across a large variety of local florists, photographers, DJs, bands, catering companies, wedding venues, bridal shops, boutiques and tux rental companies. The venders can become overwhelming, but this is a great first step at planning your wedding. If you are searching for the best bridal shop in Chicago or any large city you will odds will be in your favor at a bridal expo.
Many bridal shops and wedding accessory stores feature wedding planning books. Acquiring a wedding planning book will help you to keep track of all the venders you are interested in. This book will also keep you on schedule for reserving certain services and having necessary payments and alterations made on time. Some wedding boutique stores also have wedding planners. Deciding to use a wedding planner is a personal choice that the couple must make together. If you are not sure about the quality of your wedding planner you can search online reviews. All professional planners should have a business page where previous and current clients can leave reviews.
If you do not hire a wedding planner there are a few things that you should do shortly after you get engaged. You should decide how long of an engagement you want. Look at a calendar and find a few dates that interest you for hosting your wedding ceremony. Contact your church to schedule your ceremony. If you do not have a church, you may want to make a list of a few you would like to tour and inquire about dates of availability. If you do not plan on using a church, you will need to locate an officiant to perform the ceremony and a location to host the ceremony. Once you have the ceremony booked you will want to look into venues for the reception. The sky is the limit with the reception. You will need to make a guest list, decide on the type of reception venue you would like to rent and then begin discussing all of the finer details. Just remember that at the end of this epic journey you will wake up the day after your wedding and be happily married.