Newly Engaged beautiful Black couple sitting in a field of flowers embracing. Discussing their wedding plans.

Just Engaged? Start here!

Just Engaged? Start here! 

Hello there, lovely brides-to-be and newly engaged couples! Congratulations on embarking on this incredible journey toward your happily ever after. Where to even begin on your wedding plans? We've gathered 5 quick insider tips to make your wedding planning experience smoother and more enjoyable. Let's dive right in!

Newly engaged beautiful smiling Black woman beaming with love showing her gorgeous wedding ring.
1.Budgeting Like a Pro:
Creating a wedding budget might seem daunting, but it's a crucial step in ensuring you stay on track financially. Start by prioritizing your must-haves, whether it's the perfect dress, a dreamy venue, or a top-notch photographer. Allocate funds accordingly and be sure to set aside a contingency fund for unexpected expenses. Trust me, being financially savvy now will save you stress later!

Beautful couple hugging in the sunshine

2. Choosing the Perfect Venue:
Selecting the right venue sets the tone for your entire wedding day. Consider factors like your budget, guest count, and preferred style (rustic, modern, romantic). Don't forget to inquire about any hidden fees and ask for a comprehensive tour to envision how your day will unfold. Remember, it's not just about finding a beautiful space; it's about finding one that feels like home for your special day.

Loving couple embracing during sundown
3. Dress Shopping Dos and Don'ts:
Ah, the wedding dress—when it comes to dress shopping, keep an open mind and be willing to try different styles. Bring along a trusted friend or family member whose opinion you value, but remember that ultimately, the decision is yours. Don't forget about alterations—they can make all the difference in achieving that perfect fit and silhouette.
Beautiful bride with her father at the alter
4. Managing Your Guest List with Grace:
Creating your guest list can be a delicate balancing act, especially if you're working with a limited capacity or budget. Start by drafting a preliminary list with your partner, including immediate family and close friends. Be prepared to make tough decisions, but remember that it's okay to prioritize intimacy and quality over quantity. And don't forget to send out save-the-dates well in advance to give your guests ample time to plan!

A beautiful couple having a dream honeymoon at the beach

5. Crafting Your Dream Honeymoon:
After the whirlwind of wedding planning, your honeymoon is your well-deserved reward—a chance to unwind and celebrate your love in paradise. When choosing your destination, consider your interests and preferences as a couple. Whether you're craving adventure in the mountains or relaxation on a tropical beach, there's a honeymoon destination that's perfect for you. And don't be afraid to splurge a little—it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll cherish forever.

Remember, dear friends, wedding planning is a journey, not a sprint. Embrace the process, lean on each other for support, and don't forget to infuse your personalities into every aspect of your special day. With these insider tips and a sprinkle of love, your wedding day will be everything you've ever dreamed of and more. Happy planning! 🥂💍✨

Warm Wishes,

Margo West

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