You’re Engaged, Now What?

Embracing Engagement: The Journey Ahead & The Wedding Essentials

Congratulations on your engagement! This exciting chapter marks the beginning of a beautiful journey filled with love, planning, and countless memorable moments. As you bask in the glow of this new milestone, it’s natural to wonder about the next steps to take. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the path ahead, peppered with must-have essentials from our collection to make your wedding planning seamless and stylish.

1. Celebrate Your Engagement

First thing’s first, celebrate! Before diving into wedding planning, take a moment to celebrate your engagement. Whether it’s an intimate dinner or a grand party, this is the perfect opportunity to gather with loved ones and share your joy.

A little party never killed nobody!

Pro Tip: Elevate your engagement celebration with our elegant table linens. Available in various colors and styles, they add a touch of sophistication to any setting.

Featuring: Stage Right Lighting, Studio Posy, Meredith Bright Photo, Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club

2. Set a Date and Budget

One of the first steps in wedding planning is setting a date and establishing a budget. Your wedding date will influence many decisions, from the venue to the theme. Creating a budget helps you prioritize and allocate funds to different aspects of your wedding.

3. Choose a Venue

Next up is choosing where to host your wedding! Lucky for you, we just made a list of some of our favorite venues in Virginia!

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The venue sets the tone for your wedding. Whether you envision a rustic barn or a romantic beachside ceremony, finding the perfect venue is crucial. Start your search early, as popular locations can book up quickly.

Featuring one of our favorite venues, Potter’s Craft Cider! Located in Charlottesville, VA, this venue is absolutely stunning!

4. Select a Theme and Color Scheme

Your wedding theme and color scheme reflect your personality and style as a couple. Whether you opt for a classic, modern, bohemian, or vintage theme, having a cohesive look ties everything together beautifully.

Check out our lookbook for some inspiration on what theme you’re looking for!

5. Create a Guest List

Deciding who to invite can be challenging, but it’s essential for planning. Your guest list will influence many aspects of your wedding, including the venue size, catering, and invitations. Be mindful of your budget as the prices can rise quick!

6. Send Save-the-Dates and Invitations

Once your date and guest list are set, it’s time to send out save-the-dates and invitations. This gives your guests plenty of time to make arrangements to attend your special day.

Need help making a save-the-date? Try River City Graphics or Reverie Paper!

7. Plan the Ceremony and Reception

From writing your vows to selecting music, planning the ceremony is a deeply personal process. The reception is your chance to celebrate with friends and family. Think about the flow of events, such as toasts, first dances, and cutting the cake.

Reception Must-Have: Our luxurious napkins and table runners are perfect for adding a touch of refinement to your reception tables. Pair them with our charger plates for a cohesive and elegant look.

8. Book Vendors

Key vendors to book include a photographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment. Do your research, read reviews, and meet with potential vendors to ensure they align with your vision.

Need some help? Here are some of our favorite vendors!

Photography: Deline Photography, Dragon Photo Studio & Echard Wheeler Photography

Caterers: Chef by Design & Taste Catering VA

Florists: Fluttering Flowers & Isha Foss Design

Entertainment: Melody & Co. EntertainmentMusic Makes You Happy Entertainment

9. Choose Attire

Selecting your wedding attire is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Whether you opt for a traditional gown, a sleek suit, or something more unconventional, make sure it reflects your style and makes you feel confident.

Recommendation: Studio I Do Bridals & Wedding Dress Shop

Featuring: Blushtones, Flawless on Site, Studio I Do Bridals, Dragon Photo Studio, Marriott Resort VB, Cavalier Resort Weddings

10. Register for Gifts

Creating a wedding registry helps guide your guests in selecting gifts. Include a variety of items at different price points. Our selection of luxurious bed linens and bath towels makes for perfect registry additions that will bring comfort and elegance to your new home together.

11. Plan the Honeymoon

After the wedding, it’s time to relax and enjoy your honeymoon. Whether you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise or a cozy mountain retreat, start planning early to secure the best deals.

Need ideas for a travel expert? Try Mary Beth Hurrell with Luxevo Vacations

12. Stay Organized

Keeping track of all the details can be overwhelming, but staying organized will make the process smoother. Consider using a wedding planner book or an app to manage your to-do lists, appointments, and deadlines.

Check out this cute video on getting organized for your wedding! How clever!

@alyssareneeeee_

6 months til our wedding, it’s crunch time baby!!! making this helped me feel so much more organized 🥹🥹 #fyp #2024bride #wedding #weddingtiktok #weddingplanning #weddingdiy #weddingplanningboard #stickynoteboard

♬ greedy – Tate McRae

Click here to watch the whole video!

Enjoy the Journey

Remember, wedding planning is about celebrating your love and the journey you’re embarking on together. Take time to enjoy the process, cherish the moments, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Shop Our Wedding Essentials

As you plan your wedding, consider our collection of wedding essentials to add that perfect touch of elegance and style. From luxurious table linens to exquisite charger plates, our products are designed to elevate your special day. Visit our online store to explore our full range of wedding essentials and make your wedding planning experience both beautiful and stress-free.

Congratulations again on your engagement!

We wish you a joyous planning journey and a wedding day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

 

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