- Call Your Loved Ones – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
We know there are so many social media outlets to share this happy news just a click away but do your loved ones a favor and yourself by actually giving them a quick call first to share the news before they see it on Facebook. It will mean a lot to them and you will enjoy getting to make these exciting calls.
- Take Care of Your Ring – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
The first question friends will likely ask you when they find out is: ‘how did he propose?’ and the second request is normally to see the beautiful symbol of his love, the ring! Now, you will likely need to get it resized at least a smidgen and want to do so right away so it doesn’t fall off. An amazing specialty store to go for all your engagement and wedding ring needs is Robbins Brothers in Belltown. They have great customer service and are also a prime spot to browse wedding rings. Also, you will also want to consider getting your ring insured in case anything were to happen to it.
While we are on the topic, a manicure might not be such a bad idea either with so many friends about to be looking at your hands? A local favorite if you’re around Wallingford is, the ever popular, Night Light Nails. It’s a busy salon, for good reason, and they are always able to get you in and out in a timely fashion. They don’t skimp on service either. A mani or pedi, even includes a complementary mini massage, and all services at very reasonable prices.
- Decide on a Date and Type of Wedding – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
Do you want a large wedding? Small wedding? Local? Or on an island? The typical wedding can easily take up to a year to plan. Popular vendors book out in advance this far too. The wedding season in Seattle is not an extensive one, so if you are thinking about getting married here, in the drier months, you’ll want to pick a date well in advance and get to work. Of course, if you want a small destination wedding, sometimes those are able to be on a shorter timeline but keep in mind wedding dresses and other details can still take months to order.
- Hire a Wedding Planner – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
This is an area where many go without and think they can save money and do it all on their own. Weddings are a lot more work than people realize and if your life is already pretty busy, it’s worth your sanity to hire someone to help coordinate exactly what you want and give your event that extra wow with as little stress to you as possible. It’s worth at least meeting with one and talking with them about how they can help you. One of the best in the city is Pink Blossom Events, which has been in business since 2006. They specialize in ‘turning the expected into something unique’ ensuring every wedding is truly unique to that couple. Pink Blossom Events has different packages for different needs from full service to the final coordination starting a few weeks prior to the wedding based on your individual needs.
- Open a Savings Account – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
The average wedding costs $26,444 in the US and that’s not including the honeymoon or wedding rings. Even if you want a small affair, costs can quickly add up. Start a savings account for the big day to budget from so you keep everything in check and don’t start out marital bliss in debt.
- Assess Your Home Situation – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
Do you live together already? Do you own your home? Are you planning to buy together or rent? These decisions are ones that you need to make as soon as possible. The sooner you make the decision the road to success will become clear and less stressful while you are planning everything else. Renting is the easier route but keep in mind that the average renter’s net worth is $5,100 vs a homeowners of $212,000. Finding and buying a home is really time consuming but it can be rewarding. Imagine moving into your new home together and making wonderful memories from the beginning and building your nest egg at the same time. Don’t put this off ‘till last minute. You don’t want to be going to work, wedding planning and moving all at the same time. That would be a recipe for disaster.
- Book a Venue – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
If you hire a wedding planner they can be a big help in this area. In the greater Seattle area, there are so many locations that you can get married at and have a wedding: in a church, at a country club, in a park, on a farm, on the water, at a hotel, in an aquarium, rose garden and so on. They all have different rules and fees associated with them and the popular ones book up well in advance so don’t delay. To help save on some costs, pick a time of the year or a day of the week (like a Sunday) that’s not as popular for weddings. Just don’t expect all your guests to party late in the night if you do have a Sunday wedding. Also, finding a location that can host both the ceremony and reception can help cut down on costs and stress. While the right venue for your wedding is a personal decision, one that is in high demand is the Georgetown Ballroom. It’s a full service venue that can cater to events as small as 40 and up to 300. It has a beautiful and unique space that can easily host your ceremony and your reception. Guests have called The Georgetown Ballroom “charming, eclectic, fantastically unusual, a hidden gem, the perfect urban setting.
- Hire Vendors – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
There are a number of vendors to choose from in every category but like everything, the good ones get snagged up quick. It’s not uncommon for photographers to book up a year in advance and with such a special day, that you’re investing so much into, you will want to have a wonderful photographer to be there and capture it all. Two of the top rated and well-seasoned photographers to take a look at are Jenny GG Photography and M.Magee Photography. If your wedding images are important to you, this is not a time to let and friend or ‘Uncle Joe’ and his new photography hobby, be your photographer for the day. Just keep in mind that you can’t go back and have these memories recreated so make sure to have someone you can trust to capture the beauty and love of your special day.
Another vendor you might want to think about locking in place is your wedding cake vendor. Although many do multiple cakes on any given day, these still fill up quickly as well. Baked located in West Seattle is one of the best in the area. They have a large variety of amazing flavors like: Italian Crème, Salted Lime Margarita (Cake Wars Award winning flavor), Almond Joy, Strawberry Shortcake, Mudslide and many more. Your cake will taste as beautiful as it looks and Baked cakes are gorgeous.
- Order Your Dress – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
Once you place an order it takes around 16-20 weeks to get a wedding dress in and many will set you back upwards of $1500. Though 16-20 weeks isn’t that long, you will also need time to find the perfect dress, time to do your fitting and get an alterations done, time to find the right veil, accessories and shoes once you have the dress, and so on. Ideally you’ll want to order your dress 8 months ahead of time to make sure you have time for everything. If you are looking for a great place to start your dress hunt (or finish your dress hunt), many local brides have had great luck with finding gorgeous like-new dresses at the consignment shop, Blue Sky Bridal, in Phinney Ridge/Greenwood Neighborhood of Seattle. Their current selection ranges from $85 to $2900 for a ($6800) Lazaro gown that was worn once. You can even shop online or see their inventory at Blue Sky Bridal. The dresses are also available immediately since they sell off the rack!
- Enjoy the Moment – Top 10 Things to do After Getting Engaged
This is an exciting time in your life but wedding planning can also get quite stressful. Make sure planning doesn’t consume your life and relationship. Take time away from wedding tasks to just enjoy each other. Go to the movies, treat yourself to dinner out, or better yet, go get a massage. Seattle Massage Oasis off Westlake is a great spot for that and one of the best rated in the city. It has a convenient location, a beautiful space and view of the water and fantastic reviews. Whatever you do, just make sure every conversation doesn’t revolve around the wedding. Many times couples spend a year planning one day of their lives but lose sight of their lives together. This is a happy time to enjoy, celebrate and bring you closer together.
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