I can imagine you’re likely feeling a range of emotions and perhaps, a little overwhelmed now that you’re engaged and have to start planning your dream wedding.
There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous though – in fact, it’s totally normal. After all, there’s a big, but exciting change that’s about to happen in your life.
However, we know it can be daunting to figure out where to begin once you’ve said yes (or popped the question yourself), so we’ve put this guide together to help you take things one step at a time.
Update your relationship status
If you use social media, one of the first things you’ll likely want to do is post about your engagement. But before you do that, make sure you’ve told everyone you love who you wouldn’t want to find out on Facebook or Instagram. It may even help to write a list of close friends and family members who deserve to hear the exciting news from you or your partner personally. Go down your list and call everyone to let them know, and once you’ve shared the news with all your loved ones, post that ring picture and bask in the likes and comments!
Have your engagement ring insured
It’s always a good idea to have your engagement ring insured, just in case it gets lost or stolen at any point in the future. Insurance is the only way to replace your ring without having to pay for an entirely new one, so you should definitely take the time to make sure your precious new piece of jewellery is covered. The peace of mind you’ll have is priceless.
Select your wedding date
The first question people will ask you after your engagement is When’s the big day? And while you might not have a date in mind right after your proposal, having a wedding date is the first step in planning your dream wedding day. Your date will determine your venue and vendors, and once it’s set you can begin booking and planning out the rest of your wedding celebration, as well as start building out your wedding website and letting your friends and family know that your save-the-date cards will be coming soon.
Choose your wedding theme
While you definitely aren’t required to start booking a caterer or DJ before you’re ready, it never hurts to start thinking about your wedding theme. The aesthetic and style of your wedding day include a general ambience – think romantic, classic or bohemian – as well as your colour scheme. Do you and your partner have favourite colours? Do you know what season you want to get married in? Sometimes the time of year can help inspire your theme. For example, pastels are perfect in spring, bright colours in summer, and muted tones in fall.
Start a Pinterest board
One of the best ways to keep your wedding inspiration all in one place is with a Pinterest board. Gone are the days of lugging around a heavy wedding binder – now you can keep all your potential vendors, accessories and hairstyles on your phone! Take a look at wedding magazines and visit wedding websites to get more ideas for how to style your wedding and make your dreams of your big day come true.
Hire a wedding stylist or designer
Unlike a wedding planner, who keeps your day organised and running smoothly, a wedding stylist is focused on your aesthetic vision for your wedding day. That includes everything from your décor to your flower arrangements and even your makeup look. If you have a specific vision for your wedding day and want to make sure it becomes a reality, a wedding stylist can help you turn your Pinterest board into the wedding of your dreams.
Plan a boudoir session as a unique gift to your partner
The love of your life sees you at your best and your worst and still loves you and thinks you’re gorgeous. Imagine their reaction when you surprise them with an album of boudoir photos the morning of your wedding day! It’s a gift that will get you both excited for your wedding night and will make your day that much more special.
A bridal boudoir session is so much more than a sexy photoshoot. It’s a chance to liberate and empower yourself, recognise your own beauty, and make the time before your wedding a little less stressful.
At Okoh’s Boudoir, we specialise in creating a photography session that is comfortable, confidence-boosting and sensual. You get to see the beauty that you are, from all the angles you never realised. And let’s face it, it’s the best gift your unsuspecting partner would receive in their lifetime!
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