Source: (top-bottom) www.stevenstone.co.uk, www.groomsadvice.com

Source: (top-bottom) www.stevenstone.co.uk, www.groomsadvice.com

If you’ve just gotten proposed to, Congratulations! While you’re floating on cloud 9, there are a few things you should get down to doing almost immediately. Trust us, starting early always pays off and you’ll be secretly thanking yourself when the big day comes around!

Here are 5 things to do right after saying ‘YES’!

Tell everyone

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Source: (top-bottom) www.etsy.com, www.paperpastries.blogspot.com

Don’t forget to tell your parents! While you may think that we are stating the obvious, you’d be surprised how many forget during that sheer moment of happiness when he’s on bended knee. You may want to consider holding a small engagement party to spread the news to close relatives and friends. Do bear in mind that those you invite to the engagement party would by default be part of your guest list!

Set a date

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Source: (top-bottom) www.weddingsbylilly.com, www.bestbride101.com

Get this prepared, as it will be the first question most people would ask. It doesn’t necessarily need to be the exact date, just a rough estimate will do. This is especially important to those who need to travel from abroad plus it also allows you to plan better with a date in mind.

Start saving

Source: (l-r) Kalea’s Wedding Blog, Carolina Weddings Mag, Confetti

Source: (l-r) Kalea’s Wedding Blog, Carolina Weddings Mag, Confetti

Weddings these days can be pretty hefty so set a budget; with a rough breakdown on how much you are willing to spend on big ticket items such as the reception dinner, your dress and photography services. Once set, it’s time to start saving. Divide how much both of you would need to put aside monthly and stick to it.

Wedding party

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Source: www.bronzebudgetbride.com

If you have decided to go with a wedding planner, pick one early. It’s important to do some research prior to engaging one to ensure they will be able to provide you exactly what you need. This is also the time to pick your bridal party and maid-of-honor so they will be ready to accept tasks you assign them as the big day approaches.

Be inspired

Source: www.printforloveofwood.blogspot.com

Source: www.printforloveofwood.blogspot.com

Unless you know exactly what you want your wedding to be like, start a mood board for inspiration! See a colour your like? Or a pretty dress silhouette? Print out whatever that catches your eye and stick them on to a big board. And as it overflows with a multitude of ideas, start eliminating slowly until you are left with a specific theme that you want for your wedding.

Once you get these 5 things out of the way, the rest will come naturally! Good luck!

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