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I’m engaged, excited and a little overwhelmed…
what should I do first?

Congratulations, this is a very exciting and fast-paced time. Putting a high-level plan in place which will help you and your fiancé/fiancée focus on “what to do next” should alleviate feeling overwhelmed. This timeline will directly provide budgetary drivers and help you to plan a perfect execution. Wedding Planners can be a valuable asset to keep you on track, not only with the timeline, but budgetary constraints as well.

 

Some key points to consider; high-profile professionals and in-demand venues/house of worship may need to be booked 2 years in advance. If this is the case, some quick decisions will need to be made.

 

Keeping in mind your highest priorities, please use the following timeline as a start to planning the wedding you both envision.

 

12+ months before

 

  • Announce your engagement and after you’ve told close family/friends then change your Facebook status  :-)
  • Envision your overall couple wedding style including colours
  • Wedding budget with help from your families (if it makes sense
    to include them)
  • Create a customized website to share your story and memories leading up to and beyond your special day (book your FREE consultation at Matilyn.com to learn more)
  • Choose wedding date/time or at least season/day of week to start…remember to check with any VIP’s before finalizing
  • Initial guest list...an estimate to start since capacity at venue spaces vary and a 500 person guest list has very different options when compared to a 60 person guest list
  • Start researching ceremony/reception sites
  • Book any priority vendors (must have—band and photographer)
  • Interview and book a Wedding Planner

 

6-11 months before

 

  • Book who will marry you (really the most important part after all…
    making it legal)
  • Venue for ceremony/reception drives so many decisions so get your favourite venue booked!
  • Having an Engagement Party? Set date, draft guest list and order invites (contact Matilyn.com to discuss options)
  • Start wedding dress shopping, depending on if you are having a custom dress made from imported silk tulle from France or supporting a local charity and purchasing off-the-rack—better to look early to avoid disappointment or you will have to pay a premium to rush the order for your most favourite dress
  • Finalize your customized crest application options for wedding decor, stationery and gifts with your Matilyn team.

 

5 months before to day of...

 

  • All the finer details

 

Day of

 

  • Enjoy your day to the fullest…it will be exceptional!

 

 

 

 

 

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