It is Engagement Season in the Smoky Mountains and around the country. You have been proposed to, now what? There are so many things running through you mind and you really don’t know where to start. 33 percent of couple’s get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and another 11 percent get engaged on Valentine’s Day. Breathe, you are not alone. You can do this and you will have a great time, as long as you allow people to help you plan your ceremony and celebration.
Make sure you don’t post anything on social media before telling family and close friends, you don’t want grandma to find out on Facebook before you tell her personally. Be prepared, you will be asked by everyone all the details on how you met (if they don’t already know) and how he proposed.
If the ring isn’t already insured, make sure it gets insured. If anything happened to your ring, you would be hard to console. Insurance gives peace of mind that if something did happen, that it would be replaced.
Enjoy your time together as a newly engaged couple. Don’t worry about planning the wedding and reception immediately. Wait a few weeks or a month, (really whatever time you need) before planning the event which will take up a lot of your time.
Sit down with your fiance’ and find out what you both want for your ceremony and reception before involving your mother and friends. Do you want small and intimate or the party of the century? Will parents be helping out financially or are you on your own? You will be together for the rest of your lives, why not compromise and have the wedding of both or your dreams? Estimate how many people you want to invite, then based on that number work out a realistic budget based on all of your gathered information. The longer the engagement the more funds you have for your budget and the closer you will get. Microweddings are extremely popular right now with COVID. Make sure wherever you get married to find out guidelines that venues will be following while doing your research and planning your budget.
What season were you thinking about getting married? Will your favorite flower be in season? Spring and Fall are the most popular times to get married in the Smokies, make sure you plan enough ahead when picking your date so that your venue and vendors of choice are available on that day.
Hiring a wedding planner will help you not feel as stressed out if you planned your wedding by yourself. Make sure you talk with a wedding planner before you book anything. Sometimes she can get discounts at venues and with vendors. They really can help you save money and stay on budget. A wedding planner can also take your vision and make it come true with almost any budget.
A wedding planning notebook, a calendar or journal can help you stay organized. Use these tools to write down your thoughts from conversations with vendors, even thoughts on tastes of food from meeting with caterers and bakers. Include the personalities of the vendors you meet or speak with. These will help you choose the right fit for your wedding.
Remember to take your marriage seriously. Most states offer discounts for marriage licenses if you choose to have pre-marital counseling. You are choosing to marry your soul-mate, use as many tools as it takes to keep your marriage strong. Date each other during the time you are planning the wedding so neither of you feel neglected.
Most of all, have fun!
Written by Ellen Crivellone – Smokey Mountain Sounds
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