Photo: Carasco Photography

Photo: Carasco Photography

You said YES! Congratulations… This is the moment you have been waiting for. You have the ring! Now what? Here are 10 things to do to jumpstart your wedding planning process now that you are engaged.

1.      Call Your Loves Ones:

This is one of the most magical moments of your life. Celebrate it and share the good news with your family and close friends.

2.      Pop some champagne!

You just got ENGAGED!  Make your way to a restaurant or bar. Perhaps your new fiancé has come equipped with a bottle of delicious bubbly?  Toast each other and celebrate your moment.

3.      Nails, Nails, Nails!

Now is not the time to make a trip to the nail salon!  Your hands must stay photo ready.

4.      Instagram Time!

It is time to tell the world and show off that gorgeous ring!

5.      Insure the Carats

You now have this beautiful and dazzling ring.  It is very important that you insure and protect it should the ring become lost, stolen, or damaged.  Make sure you have your appraisal papers in hand and contact your insurance agent. 

Photo: Collin Pierson Photography

6.      Take it all in:

Take in the joy of this moment!  Spend some quality time with you fiancée and family. Once you get into the details of wedding planning, it can seem overwhelming so this time together is crucial.

7.      Discuss wedding date options:

Deciding on your date sooner, rather than later, can greatly increase the chances of your date being available at your preferred venue.  Once your date and venue are set, the fun part of designing your wedding begins!  Together with your planner, you will discuss everything from flowers to food, dresses to music and beyond.  Maybe you’re considering a destination wedding.  Your planner is here to make your dream day a reality! 

8.   Budget:

Now that you’ve chosen your date and hired your planner.  You and your fiancé need to determine a budget.  Budgets are necessary because it allows you to determine how much you have/want to spend and whether your families will contribute. 

9.      Hire a Full Service Wedding Planner:

A full service wedding planner is your greatest asset.  From start to finish, your wedding planner will be instrumental in crafting your vision and producing the wedding you’ve been dreaming of.  From finding the perfect venue, styling your dream wedding, hiring vendors that fit your style and budget to coordinating events leading up to the wedding. Your wedding planner will help set things in motion while you enjoy being engaged.      

10.      Engagements Photos:

It is time to commemorate the momentous occasion.  Let your planner coordinate your shoot with the chosen photographer.  Your planner will collaborate with your photographer to find a setting that defines you as a couple or a location that brings about memories from dating. Decide on colors, attire, and the timing of your pictures and poses.  

Now the real fun begins! 

Can we help you put those worries aside? Our specialty is in a hands-on approach to planning weddings and events; orchestrating a one of a kind curated approach to life’s most unforgettable celebrations. Contact us today. You can learn more about our services HERE!

Every love story is unique! Let us tell yours..Let’s start planning!

Akeshi Akinseye

Akeshi Akinseye is the founder and CEO of Kesh Events and is the leading expert in the wedding and event industry on all things celebrations.

She is widely regarded as One of the best Wedding planners in America by Brides, Top 5 wedding vendors in the world by WEDLUXE, top wedding planner in Chicago by PartySlate and more. 

Her insights and work have been featured in national publications like Brides, PartySlate, Modern Luxury Weddings, Inside Weddings, Yahoo, ESPN, New York Times etc and she appears regularly in media outlets like ABC, The Tribune and more.

She is the author of the best-selling book, The Art of Floral And Event Design” and founder and editor of celebrations and lifestyle magazine, The Art of Celebrating. Her creativity, keen eye, attention to detail and knack for perfection is what her clients love about her. She brings the art of creativity and personalization to every single event making her the best at what she does. Akeshi honors the individual styles of her clients and she continually strives to make every experience one to remember.

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