Hola, and welcome to the V&V blog! I'm Virginia—Wine lover, loyal friend and wedding planner based in Warrenton, VA! My passion is to help busy couples to bring their vision to reality and be part of their story! Grab your favorite wine, curl up on the couch, and enjoy scrolling through some of my recent weddings, getting all the latest planning inspiration, and learning from my best planning tips!
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Congratulations on your engagement! Getting engaged is such a big milestone in any relationship, and wedding planning is such a fun season for couples. You may be wondering, I’m Engaged, Now What? where to begin as you start to think about planning your big day. Here are the top three things engaged couples getting married should do first.
The first step in the wedding planning process is to sit down as a couple and have a conversation about three key wedding planning topics. First, establish who is involved in the decision-making process. Throughout the wedding planning journey, you will be faced with countless decisions. Where will the wedding take place? How many people will be invited? What is the overall vibe of the day?
As you begin to think of all the initial considerations, you’ll also want to establish your overall budget. Talk with any key stakeholders to gather the information needed to set your maximum wedding budget. Knowing your budget is crucial to booking your wedding vendors.
Lastly, talk with your partner about your top priorities for the wedding day. Perhaps your top priorities are the food… or maybe it’s having a live band. No matter what, it’s important to keep in mind the must-haves as you begin to work through your budget and plan your wedding day.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and I believe you should be able to enjoy it! Like your engagement, your wedding day happens once, and it will be over in the blink of an eye! So why not hire someone who will allow the planning process to be stress free and enjoyable? A wedding planner guides you in the decision-making process based on your priorities and budget. Planners help you mediate between different opinions throughout the process. Plus, they allow you to be fully present on the wedding day!
The third thing to do after getting engaged is to determine your VIPs – your loved ones you can’t imagine your wedding day without. Check with them to ensure they can attend on your ideal wedding date at your preferred location! Being transparent with your inner circle is a great step towards ensuring they’re all able to make it to your wedding day.
All in all, enjoy this amazing time of being engaged! Wedding planning tasks can quickly pick up, but I encourage you to take a step back and a moment to breathe before diving in too deeply. Booking a wedding planner will save you time and stress when getting started, so reach out here if you’d like to work together to plan your dream wedding day!
And last but not least, there are two tips that I like to share with my clients. The first is to follow your instincts, your wedding should be a reflection of what you like and enjoy as a couple. Do not decide based on what other people think or want, they already had or will have the opportunity to organize their own wedding. And second, ENJOY the planning process! This is also part of your wedding.
If you’d like us to help you plan your wedding…
If you are ready to plan a Warrenton wedding in this beautiful venue, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a message on our contact page or send us an email at hola@VVweddingplanning.com! We can’t wait to hear about your wedding! 🤗💕
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