Getting engaged can be one of the most exciting times of your life. Unfortunately, with all of the planning, options, and decisions, it can also be the most overwhelming. Take a deep breath. Enjoy this moment and let us guide you through the first steps to making your wedding a success!

Gather Ideas

The Internet is flooded with wedding ideas. From wedding blogs to Facebook pictures of your friend’s wedding, there is plenty to look at. The best place to start is to set up a Pinterest board specifically for your wedding ideas. When you find something you like, pin it to the board. This will help you keep all of your ideas and inspiration in one place. Not a fan of technology? Buy a journal and organize the old fashion way. Clip ideas from magazines and glue them into a book. This will make for a good keepsake after the wedding, too!

Define Your Dream Wedding

 Once you have gathered all of your inspiration, you will be able to design your dream wedding down to the very last detail. Create a new board and pin every detail you want to be part of your wedding on that board. Did you find killer stilettos to wear under your perfect gown? Pin the pictures of both onto your board and start checking out bridal stores. If you can’t find exactly what you have in mind, you can always have somebody design and create customized items for you! And you’ll have the pictures to provide them to make sure it is perfect!

Select Big-Ticket Items

 The big items like the venue and guest list can seem to take president right away. And they should. If you plan to get married in a very popular location, you need to book this venue months or even a year out. Not to mention if you plan on hiring a wedding planner, you want your planner to be there from day one. So the earlier you can decide on a wedding planner, date and location, the better. Once you have this set, you will have plenty of time to focus on the specifics like table settings and the rehearsal dinner location. Knowing the venue will allow you to better picture these details, too. You can even send out save the dates to ensure your special guests will have enough time to make arrangements to be there on your big day!!

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Getting engaged is both overwhelming and exciting. This is supposed to be one of the best moments of your life so try not to stress yourself out. Start small with inspiration, take the initiative to make final decisions on details, and build up to choosing the location. Once you have these straightened away, everything will begin to fall in to place and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this special moment in your life.