1. Stay off Social Media

In a world where communication is highly linked to our phones, many people’s first reaction to something new and wonderful in their life is to hop on their favorite social media platform. While that temptation is very strong, it is best to wait at least a day and to contact your close family and friends personally.

2. Prepare for the Questions

Not only will you and your new fiancé be over the moon, but that excitement will resonate to others around you. It’s best to have a few quick responses to the “who, what, when, and wheres” that everyone will inevitably be asking. Do not feel intimidated about having all the answers either, like a date or where your reception will be. These planning details take time. Instead turn their attention to your engagement story!

3. Listen

Along with all of the questions, you are also going to get bombarded with advice. Just remember, what worked for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Be kind and polite, and let them know that you will call on them if help is needed.

4. Make a List of What Is Important to You

Your head might be spinning from all the excitement, and you may not know where to start! The best thing to do is to sit down with your fiancé and make a list of what is important to you on your wedding day. For example, if you both are really concerned about the food and not so much about the music, you’ll know that you want to spend more time researching caterers or venues as opposed to DJs.

5. Budget

Let’s be honest, we all don’t have the budget for a David Tutera wedding (even though we can come pretty close, thanks Pinterest!) It is important to come up with a reasonable budget for your wedding. Something manageable, but that still will give you the day of your dreams. It’s never advised to go over your limit, because starting off as newlyweds in debt is not the best idea!

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