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Congratulations on your engagement!

This marks the beginning of a thrilling chapter in your life, filled with love, excitement, and a whirlwind of emotions. As you embark on this journey towards a lifetime of happiness, it’s normal to feel a mix of joy, anticipation, and perhaps a touch of overwhelm. Fear not, as we’ve got your back. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the post-engagement phase.

1. Enjoy the moment!

Take a moment to revel in the joy of your engagement. Whether it’s an intimate dinner, a weekend getaway, or a simple toast at home, celebrating this milestone is crucial. It sets the tone for the exciting times ahead and allows you to bask in the love you share.

2. Share the News

Reach out to your loved ones and share the news! Whether you choose to make phone calls, send out announcements, or post a cute picture on social media, spreading the word adds an extra layer of joy to your engagement. Be prepared for a flood of well-wishes and heartfelt congratulations.

3. Set a Preliminary Budget.

This part is very important to discuss ahead of time.  Not only with your partner but with your families as well.  If everyone is on the same page ahead of the planning then it’s sure to go smoothly throughout the process.  You’ll want to somewhat decide what you can and want to spend on the wedding overall.  This number will change!  lol Be prepared for that.  Discuss who is paying for what.  If you plan on a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, who will pay?  Will you allocate certain funds and payment responsibilities to specific people?  Iron some of these topics out if you can.

4. Create an Engagement Timeline

Begin outlining a rough timeline for your engagement. When do you want to tie the knot? Factor in any season or date preferences, as well as potential constraints such as work schedules or family events. Having a timeline in mind helps you plan effectively and reduces stress later on.

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5. Explore and Research Venues.

Start researching potential venues that align with your vision and budget. Whether you’re dreaming of a beach wedding, a rustic barn setting, or a chic city affair, exploring options early allows you to secure your preferred date and location. When you are ready to start planning, be sure to research.  Google search venues in your area.  Head to their websites, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.  Are they active?  What do you like about each one?  What don’t you like?  Read their reviews and testimonials.

6. Narrow Down Your Top 5.

Now that you have your top 5 or so, start reaching out and asking questions and scheduling tours.  Where can I find pricing?  What is included?  Please Please Please ask this question.  Just because a venues initial price may be out of your budget doesn’t mean they are.  For instance, ALL packages at 7F Lodge include a day of coordinator!  An extra expense YOU don’t have to cover.  Trust me you want to know what’s included before you exclude!

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7. Capture the Memories.

Consider scheduling an engagement photoshoot to capture the excitement and love you share. These photos can be used for save-the-dates, wedding invitations, or simply as cherished memories of this special time in your lives.

8. Enjoy the Journey.

Above all, savor the journey. Wedding planning can be intense, but it’s essential to enjoy each moment. Whether it’s trying on wedding dresses, taste-testing cakes, or simply daydreaming about your future together, relish the process and the love that brought you here.

As you step into this exciting chapter of your life, remember that your engagement is a time to celebrate love, unity, and the promise of a beautiful future together. Embrace the journey, lean on each other for support, and relish in the anticipation of the magical day that awaits you. Congratulations again, and may your engagement be the beginning of a lifetime filled with joy, laughter, and endless love.

Let’s get this wedding planning started!  To book your venue tour with 7F click HERE. We’d love to show you around our property!  Congratulations on your engagement and happy planning!


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