You’re Engaged! Now What?

You’re Engaged! Now What?

He did it!  He popped the question! And you said, “YES!”

You have dreamed of this day – the perfect guy and the perfect ring. Now it is time to plan the perfect wedding.

As a Dallas wedding photographer, we know answering that first question was probably pretty easy, but it is just the first of many – like thousands of questions – that you will be answering during your wedding planning process.

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Immediate Questions to Answer

When will you get married? Choosing your wedding date needs to happen almost immediately when you get engaged.  This determines how much time you have to work with and sets your planning timeline.

What is your budget? Depending on who is paying for the wedding or whether you have been saving for your big day, you may need to sit down and have some real discussions about what your wedding budget looks like in reality. This step must be done before any true planning can begin.

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Important Questions to Answer ASAP – Approximately a year in advance

Where would you like to have your wedding?  Premier venues fill up fast.  You may end up waiting over a year to book a particular venue if it really matters to you.

Who will be in your wedding party? A lot of brides like to involve their wedding party in some of the planning.  Some bridesmaids/groomsmen may need time to save money or plan to travel to your wedding.  Any advance notice is beneficial.

Who would you like to be your photographer? As a premier Dallas wedding photographer, we can attest that the best photographers book up quickly and up to a year in advance. During peak seasons and Saturdays will always fill up first.

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Where will your guests stay?  This is a good time to book a block of rooms at a hotel for your guests to reserve.

What dress will you wear?  Wedding dress shopping can take some time.  It may take 6-8 weeks to get a dress once you have ordered it, and then there are timely alterations to be made.

Wedding planning is a marathon, not a sprint.  There are a lot of decisions to be made.  if organization is not your strong suit, you may want to enlist help from a professional, family, or friend.  Take it one decision at a time and keep an eye on the prize.

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