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“I Just Got Engaged! Where Do I Start?”

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Rings By Mark Romine

Congratulations on your engagement! This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, so make sure to enjoy every second of it! Planning a wedding should be a stress-free time where the bride gets to create and plan her very own special day. Now that you have the ring on your finger, you have some major planning to do.


After informing all of your relatives and friends of your engagement, it is time to pick a date. This date does not have to be the actual date of the wedding, but now you will have a general idea when you will be getting married. Selecting an ideal time frame for your wedding is important because it will give you an answer for when all of your friends and family ask you when you are getting married. This will allow them to reserve time for you in advance so they can help you celebrate your happy occasion. Setting a date is also important because whatever date the season is in will often determine the venue for the wedding. Deciding a date for the wedding is a good tool to help you start planning your special day and get you started in the right direction.


Once you set the ideal date or time frame you would like the wedding to be in, it is time to set a budget. Setting a budget does not have to be as difficult as it seems. You should make a list of your wedding priorities and spend money according to how important something is to you. However, you need to be realistic when setting a budget, as well. Weddings do not have to be so expensive that you drown yourself in debt in order to be special. The real focus in the wedding is the celebration and union of you and your future spouse. The money is a way to make this day one of the most special days of your life and to help you celebrate with your loved ones. Make sure you are not spending more than you can afford, or you will just add more stress to your life. Here is a page from our blog that will assist you in how to allocate your money:

Wedding Costs


Now that you have a budget, you have many more tasks to accomplish. This would be a great time to consult with Simple Elegance to reduce your stress and save some time. To start, you need to pick a theme. You have a date picked out, so you know the season in which you will be getting married. This will probably determine whether the wedding and reception will be inside or outside. When you know when you want the wedding to be, you can start choosing possible locations where you can host the wedding and reception. The reception is going to be where you spend the most money, so you want to be sure to keep that in mind while planning.


You have now started planning your wedding! This is such an exciting time in your life, so make sure you remember to breathe and take it all in. Also, do not try to tackle everything by yourself. You have a maid-of-honor for a reason. When you need help or start feeling overwhelmed, take a break and let Simple Elegance assist you. We love helping make every girl’s dream come true!



True Love Truly Happy

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