You're engaged! Congratulations. First and foremost, take a moment and relish in your happiness. Enjoy the fact that he loves you and that you are about to embark in a lifetime of happiness. Next, time to plan, plan, plan. What to do after he pops the question...
1. Set a Timeline - How long is your engagement going to be? Are you going to plan your wedding within a year or more than a year? More brides are stretching out their engagement which gives more time to save money and secure the ceremony/reception site of their dreams.
2. Book Your Hall - Reception and ceremony sites can book up a year or sometimes two years in advance. Be sure to make this your top priority. Finding the site for your wedding to be held will help determine the length of your engagement, the size of your wedding, and your wedding date. (Don't forget the officiant! Someone to marry you is just as important and can sometimes book up just as fast as the ceremony site)
3. Set a Date - Once you book your hall/officiant and set a timeline for your engagement, the date of your wedding should be easy! It normally follows the open dates of your reception/ceremony location. Once you've decided on the date, announce your big news. Tell family and friends with engagement announcements like custom save the date magnets. Your family can stick them up on the frig to brag to their friends about their pride and joy.
4. Set Your Budget - Talk with your fiancé and any other fabulous people helping with the cost of your wedding. Determine what you will be able to reasonable spend on your big day. Setting a wedding budget will help you decide on how many people you will invite and how much cash you can throw at the ceremony/reception site, the dress, etc.
5. Keep Notes - Be sure to get a binder to file all those ideas in. Make sure it has a calendar for important dates and separate areas to keep inspiration photos for flowers, cakes, table settings, gowns, receipts, etc.
6. Go Gown Shopping - Believe it or not, many bridal gowns can take 8+ months to be ordered and come in. Don't put this off until the last minute. Make sure you start researching gowns right away. Take into consideration the time of year you will be getting married. Summer wedding? Think airy chiffon or tulle. Fall or winter wedding? Look for more heavyweight fabrics like thick satin or velvet.
What can wait until later? Be sure to take care of these important six points first before diving into the cosmetic parts of your wedding day. The colors, centerpieces, and favors can wait until you have set your date and budget.
Congratulations to you and happy planning!