You’re Engaged, Now What? A Quick Checklist for Chicago Brides
Updated: Sep 23
You've been planning your wedding day since you were a little girl. The white picket fence, the bridesmaids, and where you're going to live. Fast forward twenty (20) years and you find Mr. Right, you're in love and suddenly he pops the question. After all the excitement, you're wondering what to do next. We've got you covered in our You're Engaged, Now What? A Quick Checklist for Chicago Brides".
1. Let Your Parents and Family Know
The first thing you'd want to do is to call your parents and family. Although your parents may have given the blessing to your fiance' about the wedding proposal, you would still want to call them to give them the good news yourself. Also, you wouldn't want your parents and family members to hear it about your engagement through the grapevine. Once the family has been notified, the next thing you want to do is call your best friends especially those that you are considering to be a part of the bridal party. This is one of the most important things to do on our "You're Engaged, Now What? A Quick Checklist for Chicago Brides".
Why wait to celebrate? There isn't a more perfect time to bring out the bubbly. Whether you choose to enjoy some time alone, just the two of you to take it all in or invite friends and family to join in on the celebration. Some newly engaged couples may even have an engagement party.
3. Get Your Ring Sized
Also on our "You're Engaged, Now What? A Quick Checklist for Chicago Brides", is to get your ring sized. Oftentimes, when your fiance' picks out a ring, the ring size is a little bit off. This happens when your fiance doesn't want to ruin the element of surprise for the marriage proposal. When you're ready, take the ring back to the place of purchase and have them resize it to fit you. The only bummer is you'd have to give up your new ring for a couple of weeks. Don't forget to add the insurance while you're there.
4. Consider a Wedding Date
Think about when and where you'd like to get married. Popular wedding dates such as June and September are sure to book quickly so be prepared to book your wedding venue in advance. The venue is another thing to consider when choosing a wedding date. Again, the most popular venues tend to book quickly. Your wedding planner should be able to assist you in finding a venue since most wedding planners have established relationships with many of the venues.
5. Establish Your Financial Comfort Zone
Before you begin the wedding planning process, you should establish your financial comfort zone. Knowing how much you want to spend and figuring out who is willing to contribute to your wedding should be discussed during this time. However, before bringing in anyone else's opinion, be sure you and your fiance' are on the same page when establishing your financial comfort zone and stick to it.
6. Create a Vision
Your wedding style should be all about you and your fiance' whether it's traditional, modern, contemporary, etc. Your wedding planner and photographer should be able to assist you in implementing the wedding you've always dreamed of. Be sure to consult with each other about some design elements each of you would like to incorporate into your wedding. You can also find inspiration during this time on Pinterest, wedding magazines, and The Knot.
7. Decide on Your Wedding Party
When it comes to your wedding party, you both should pretty much have an idea of who you would want to stand up in your wedding. It should also be discussed between the two of you before asking someone to be a part of the wedding party. This way you're both on the same page.
If you would like to learn more about our "You're Engaged, Now What? A Quick Checklist for Chicago Brides", contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.