After you’re done showing off that beautiful ring, it’s time to get to work on your wedding planning! While some brides are ecstatic and others are a bit overwhelmed already, everyone’s curious as to where to start. See our simple timeline to give you the rundown on the basics below! 

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

1. Cheers! 

Pop the champagne! You’re spending the rest of your life with your honey! If that’s not a cause for a celebration, we don’t know what is! 

2. Set the Budget

Sit down with your fiancé to determine how much you both are comfortable with spending and who else might be contributing.

3. Book Your Venue

Whether it’s a local barn venue that you have your eye on or a tropical beach 1,000 miles away, start to look for a venue and book early. Don’t forget to keep your budget and estimated guest count in mind.

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

4. Set The Date

Once your venue is solid, an actual wedding date is now possible! It’s falling into place!

5. Decide on Your Theme

Rustic, boho, glam, picking a theme will help narrow down your vendor search and keep your planning more streamlined for a cohesive look. 

6. Hire Your #DreamTeam

Research different wedding professionals who fit your taste, style, and budget. If it’s a must-have person that you cannot live without, book ASAP. 

7.  Choose Your Crew

Ask your group of besties, siblings, and future in-laws who will be so excited to stand next to you on your big day.

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

8. Say Yes to the Dress

…tuxedo, suit, jumpsuit, or whatever attire fits your wedding theme!

9. Attend a Wedding Show

You’ll be able to get tons of inspiration and get to meet potential wedding pros face-to-face without numerous meetings. Who knows, you might even book multiple vendors for your day! 

10. Smile for Your Engagement Photos

One of the fun parts of wedding planning where you can dress up, hang out with your fiancé, and get wonderful photos taken. It’s also a great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer before the big day.

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

11. Send Out Invitations

Get those in the mail! Your guests are eagerly anticipating theirs as they’ve been seeing your engagement photos all over social media. 

12. Finish Booking Your Wedding Pros

This includes vendors like for your photo booth, makeup, hair, and transportation.

13. Buy Rings

Start shopping for the wedding bands! While you may have had a ring on for a few months now, this gives your hubby a chance to choose his!

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

14. Get the License!

Found in the state registrar’s office in the county where you will wed. Don’t forget the obligatory marriage license selfie!

15. Say I Do! 

Now is the time to really celebrate and enjoy all your hard work. Welcome to the married life! 

Elegant Downtown Engagement Photos | Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

This stunning engagement session was taken by the wonderful Photography by Janae!