I’ve Got a Ring – Now What?
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of a person’s life. And the first thing you’re going to want to do is share the good news with your family and friends. And what will they say, “Oh, that is so wonderful. Congratulations! When is the wedding.”
So, it’s probably time to set a date, or at least a general time frame – spring, summer, fall. You’ll also want to start “dreaming” about where will the wedding be, what will my dress look like, who will be in our wedding, who will we invite, where will we go for our honeymoon? You might want to start a wedding site, or a wedding notebook that you can fill up with all those wonderful ideas.
A very important tip, set a budget and stick to it. Weddings can get way out of hand if you’re not careful. Who’s paying for what? What do you see as the most important things to spend money on? You’ll need to decide if you’re going to hire a wedding planner, or if you and your mom or best friends will take care of all the planning, decorating, and decision making.
And then, it is time to find your vendors. The first thing you’ll want to find is your venue. There are so many options to choose from – a sandy beach by the lake, a rustic barn, an industrial chic location, an historic elegant location, a traditional church, a local vineyard, or grandma and grandpa’s back yard.
Once you’ve set your date and location, it’s on to find the other vendors. Next should be your photographer. Many professional photographers are booking dates a year and sometimes two years in advance. Do your research – make sure your photographer is licensed and insured. They only have one shot at getting the perfect images, so be sure they have the experience and skills needed. You’ll also want to make sure that you love their style. If their package includes two photographers, even better.
Other vendors you’ll need to consider are the florist, caterer, baker, music & lighting, transportation, the officiate, travel planner, and more. Make sure you get contracts for everyone you work with (even if they are friends).
Photos By Gum has many years of experience in helping to create and capture a day to remember. As we tell all of our brides and grooms, “You have a story to tell, and we want to help tell it, with beautiful images of your special day.”
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