You've been dreaming about your wedding day ever since you were a little girl. Now, finally, the man of your dreams has asked you to marry him. You probably feel like you're on cloud nine, but eventually your feet are going to have to hit the ground again so that you can actually start planning your wedding. If you're not sure where to even start, here are four places you'll want to call right away after getting engaged.
There are so many florists out there and this can make it hard to find the right one for your wedding day. If your wedding flowers are a high priority for you, it's best to choose a florist as quickly as you can. A lot of flower shops are single-owned businesses or smaller operations which means they can only handle one wedding on any given weekend, so they tend to book fairly quickly. Check out http://www.marineflorists.com for more information.
Most photographers don't just do weddings. Many of them photograph families, newborns, special occasions, and senior pictures, which means they are busy all throughout the year. Many professional photographers urge their clients to get the photographer booked as soon as the wedding date is set. If you have a longer engagement period, you may want to think about booking your photographer at least 12-15 months in advance.
This is especially true if you're planning on getting married at these times:
- Anytime between May and October
- New Year's Eve/New Year's Day
- Valentine's Day
- During the Christmas season
Other popular wedding dates include Fourth of July and the Memorial Day weekend.
If you have your heart set on a popular wedding venue, you'll want to call right away to make your reservation. This is true for the reception as well. Some wedding venues are booked up to two years in advance.
One of the best parts about getting married is the honeymoon. In order for everything to go as smoothly as possible, you should contact your travel agent six to eight months before taking your honeymoon. This is especially true if you plan on going to a popular luxury resort. If you are looking for ideas, some of the top honeymoon destinations include:
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Of course, there are many other people to call right away including a videographer, DJ, baker, etc. The list is endless, but calling these four places first after getting engaged is a great start.