Wedding Ring put on finger for proposal

What To Do After You Say, “Yes”

Receiving a proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it sparks a whole new season of life for you. As a bride-to-be, there are many things running through your mind and you might not know where to start. Interestingly, 33% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving Day and the new year, with an additional 11% getting engaged on Valentines’ Day. Breathe; you are not alone. Now is a great time to consider these tips for newly engaged couples.

It’s time to plan your dream wedding! Brides planning a Smoky Mountain wedding have the honor of getting married in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but regardless of where you’re getting married, these tips can help you get started on the right foot.

Wedding Ring in Box

Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

Don’t Rush to Social Media

Avoid sharing the big news to social media until you tell your family and close friends. Don’t let Grandma find out on Facebook before you tell her personally. It might be hard to contain your excitement but sharing the news with your loved ones personally will be a memory you and they will remember for the rest of your lives. Savor it first, and then tell the rest of the world.

Enjoy the Moment

Enjoy your time together as a newly engaged couple. Wait a few weeks, a month, or take as long as you need. You might get bombarded with ideas and suggestions from loved ones. They mean well, but remember that it is your wedding. Be kind. By not rushing, you can let everyone know that instead of jumping into the planning, you will be savoring the moment. Then, you can get down to business on your terms. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, but these early moments are few. Treasure them while you can.

Insure your Engagement Ring

If your fiancé didn’t purchase insurance when he bought the ring, get it insured as soon as possible. Losing it would be a complete loss. If it became damaged, the repair costs would be your responsibility. Insurance gives peace of mind that if something did happen, the ring would be repaired or replaced.

Buy a Wedding Planning Notebook

Using a dedicated notebook to plan your wedding is a great way to stay organized during a somewhat chaotic time. There will be many details to attend to. Even if you are utilizing a wedding planning professional, you will still need to keep up with process. Whether you use a simple spiral-bound notebook or invest in a fancy wedding planning book, find what works for you now. That way, you can use it throughout the entire wedding planning process.

Officiant Ron Crivellone performing wedding ceremony

Discuss the Wedding with your Fiancé

Sit down as a couple and discuss what you want for your ceremony and reception. We suggest doing this before involving your family and friends. Plan a special dinner at your favorite restaurant and make a night of it. This occasion will be a special memory in your lives, and it can set the tone for the entire wedding. Romanticize this moment and make it special.

Some questions to ask during this discussion are:

  • When and where do you want to get married?
  •  Do you want a small and intimate celebration or an elaborate event?
  •  Will parents be helping out financially or will you two handle the expenses?
  •  How many people do you each want to invite?
  •  Where do you hope to travel for your honeymoon?

There are a lot of questions that need answers before you can start planning the wedding. You will be together for the rest of your lives, so compromise and have the wedding of both of your dreams. Take the time to set expectations and share ideas; it is the best way to make sure each other’s needs and wants are met. Plus, this type of cooperation and compromise is great practice for your upcoming marriage!

When the Wedding Planning Gets Serious

Kristie and Drew at the end of their reception with a celebratory kiss

When you’re finally ready to get down to the details, a great place to start is to consider the season for your wedding. The season will affect your dress and the other wedding attire, your bouquet and other floral décor, and your honeymoon plans. Spring and Fall are the most popular times for Smoky Mountain weddings. If you’re planning a wedding in Gatlinburg or the Smokies, we would be honored to officiate your wedding and entertain your guests during the reception. Learn more about our officiant and entertaining services here.

The Smoky Mountains are rich in venues and wedding professionals. Because of the Smoky Mountain’s popularity for weddings, many venues and services book up early. Once you have your wedding date, start researching and contact professionals like us here at Smokey Mountain Sounds. Secure your date with your preferred wedding vendors as soon as possible.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Since you’re here, we’ll share one more piece of advice: date each other during the wedding planning process. Doing so will keep your priorities straight.

Fun energetic family dancing and celebrating

Written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds and the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association– We would love to DJ for your celebration, call now for availability! 1-865-712-1854

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