First, the good news is you got the ring and you got the guy! Congratulations! Before you start planning each small, perfect detail, there are a few boxes you need to check off first.

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Announce your engagement to friends and family – the right way. Tell your family and close friends first, in person! Then eventually you will want to make the engagement official online.

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Pick a date and time for your wedding. Think about availability, sentimentality, and season.

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Choose the style of your wedding. Make sure the event itself should reflect your personal style.

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Settle on a budget.

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Estimate, roughly, the size of your guest list. Your budget will most likely play into how many guests you have.

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Determine the size of your bridal party and who will be in it.

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Decide whether you need a planner. It can seem like an unnecessary cost, but a ton of our Bella Brides have said hiring a wedding planner was worth every penny and made their day so much easier and more fun.

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Narrow your venue options down to three.

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Research vendors. Referrals are some of the best preliminary research you can do; check out our Bella Bride Blogs for vendors our brides have used and loved!

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Create a gift registry. This helps guests who want to buy you a physical and useful gift, or many excited guests might want to buy you an engagement gift!