You’ve just gotten engaged, congrats! But now what? There’s so much to do and plan that it can all feel overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Below, we explain the first things you should do after getting engaged to make your wedding planning and engagement easier and more fun.

Enjoy the Moment

Before you get into all the planning and organization of your big day, enjoy the moment of your engagement! Too often, couples are so eager to start the wedding planning that they don’t take time to enjoy their engagement.

Before thinking about dates, budgets, and other wedding considerations, don’t let the engagement moment pass you by. Throw an engagement party, have an engagement photo shoot, or enjoy and appreciate the well-wishes without having the stress and anxiety of planning a wedding over your head.

Set a Budget

The first thing to do when planning a wedding after getting engaged is to set your budget. While a wedding is a special, once-in-a-lifetime event, you don’t want it to be a financial burden in your new joint life with your partner.

Talk with your partner about what they want for their wedding and see if you can agree on a sensible budget. The budget will keep you focused on spending the money where you need it instead of on luxuries and amenities that are nice but not that important to the wedding.

Study Venues

With your budget agreed upon, you can start looking at venues and see what’s available when you want to get married. If you’re flexible with your wedding date, you’ll have more options. Consider what you want from your wedding and how your venue can help you achieve your wedding dreams.

Are you going to have the ceremony and reception in the same venue? Do you prefer an indoor or outdoor wedding? Don’t be afraid to tour as many venues as possible to get an up-close look at what you can expect on your big day.

Start Booking Professionals

Once you’ve finalized the date and venue, you should start booking the professionals who will work at your wedding, like the caterer, photographer, or videographer. Many wedding professionals have gigs booked months or years in advance, so if you want to hire the right wedding videographer or other professional, you’ll have to do so early.

If you wait until a few weeks before the big day to find a photographer or caterer, your options will likely be small, and you’ll have to settle for your second, third, or fourth choice. Plus, booking far in advance may also get you a discount, making it easier on your budget!