Greetings from Knot Your Average Events! Congrats on the recent engagement! Savor the moments and don’t forget to take time for the two of you.  Although everyone else will pressure you with 101 questions…when’s the date, where’s the wedding, or what kind of reception are you having? You don’t have to plan it all tomorrow! Enjoy these early weeks with all the possibilities!  Go take a mini-engagement session w/ a photographer to capture this glow that you can’t explain.   Throughout this week we will be hand delivering a great step-by-step guide of what to do next…you’ll have to follow all week to catch all the details!
The next steps:

·         Talk about your budget (this will help you set boundaries and guidelines).  You may want to do a little research while doing this.  What do things cost in your area?  Who is helping to pay for this wedding? Are you helping pay for the wedding?  Are you going to create a separate bank account for the wedding to keep personal and wedding separate?  Will you be getting wedding credit card or wedding loan?  Finances is one of the most difficult areas to talk about

Create your guest list (send me your email and I would be happy to send you an awesome guide for this).  Talk to all parents and have them create your lists, add your lists and really think do you want an intimate affair or an all-out party including your 5th grade teacher.

·         Figure out what kind of ceremony & reception you both want (the style will assist you both in looking at venues and décor later).  Look at a few magazines or social media to get ideas of what you like and don’t like.  Create lists of do’s and don’ts for your big day. 

·         Figure out what time of year you want to get married (unless it’s an anniversary allow the
     venue to pick your wedding date).  Keep in mind
     of holidays, graduations, sporting events, family vacations, what flowers are in season, weather, sunset time, do you want outdoors or if you want to save money by getting married on a weekday
     or Sunday.

Here’s a great blog we did a few weeks ago for another event… things to think about when you’re just getting started