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5 Things You Should Do After You Get Engaged (And Our Wedding Portraits!)

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All pictures taken by Ally and Bobby
Today I will be sharing the last portion of our wedding pictures - our portraits. Joe and I got to sneak away from our reception and just spend some time together knowing that we had finally gotten married! Man, the wedding day was such a blur, I’m so happy that I have these pictures to remember the day by.

I’ve been seeing more engagements on my newsfeed and timelines and all of them make me so giddy! I just love reminiscing about the day we got engaged, it is one of my favorite memories to this day! With seeing all of these recent engagements, it got me thinking about what I wish I had known the first weeks of being engaged and so I’ll share my insight with you guys today!

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After you pop the champagne, celebrate, and finally stop gawking at your ring...

  1. Make a wedding email

    I was that girl that was obsessed with the idea of getting engaged (and getting married) and had already come up with a hashtag for Joe and I (it was #FindingNenow like “Finding Nemo”).

    After the first three weeks of daydreaming about our wedding, I finally STARTED planning. I looked at wedding magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc. I started emailing vendors (I emailed A LOT of vendors).

    I started off using my personal email but it got very overwhelming to deal with all of my personal and wedding emails in one place. Plus, I was attending wedding conventions and putting my personal email down for everything and my inbox was getting so clogged up! Then, a friend suggested I create a wedding email and it was the best idea ever. I made a wedding email (findingnenow@gmail.com), created folders for all the different vendors I was in communication with (Photography, Venue, Catering, Planning, Etc) and my life got a LOT easier!

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  2. Download some Apps (or order/hire a Wedding Planner!)

    I was the first one in my friend group to get engaged so I had absolutely no idea where to start. I turned to The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Southern Weddings frequently to read up on what I should be doing and to come up with a timeline for myself.

    The Knot has an app that you can download that will help you track all of your wedding guests and give you deadlines for wedding tasks based on the date you are planning on getting married.

    If you’re more of a pen and paper gal, Southern Weddings has a wedding planner that is extremely helpful and focused on helping you plan the wedding of YOUR dreams. You can read more about how I planned our wedding ceremony with the Joyful Wedding Planner here.

    Of course the other option you have is to hire a wedding planner. If you’re in the triangle, I have heard amazing things about Stephanie Scholl.

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  3. Compile Your Wedding Guest List 
    Start making your guest list with your fiance as soon as possible. Having an idea of the number of guests you want at your wedding will help you with making a decision for the venue. You don’t want to look at a venue that will only hold a capacity of 100 people and decide you want a 300 person wedding. If you need to, rank the people on your guest list. My husband and I had to do this with our guest list. We decided that ALL family members and our closest friends were absolutely getting invited. If a certain person hadn’t touched base with us for over a year, we put them on the B list. We also made a rule that we would only include plus one’s for those who had been in a relationship for over a year. This was just how we decided to condense our guest list because we had a budget that we needed to work with. The best way to cut your budget is to cut your guest list!

    But, if you decide that you want to be able to have a wedding with all of the guests on your list you absolutely can. The best thing about your wedding day is that you can completely personalize it and make it your own.


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  4. Decide on a Budget

    Before you go look at that venue that will cost you $12,000 decide on a budget! If your parents will be assisting you, sit down with them and have them give you a number. It’s really important to have an idea of what kind of finances you have to work with because weddings can get very expensive. With a budget, you’ll have a better idea of what things you’re willing to pay for and what things you can simply let go or switch out for more budget friendly options.

    Wedding days are extremely important but they are not worth blowing out your entire savings account OR going into debt for. With the right mindset, you CAN have a wedding with the budget that you’re given to work with. You'll learn very quickly that you will have to compromise a number of things to make your wedding happen.

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  5. Determine Where and When You Want to Get Married

    The venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding day! There are so many factors to consider for your perfect venue but the most important ones are WHERE it will be and WHEN your wedding will be.

    It’s important to stay flexible with these two factors because depending on your dream venue, you may have to choose between getting the venue or going with a different venue for the date you had in mind.

    Personally, I wanted to get married in the Fall and in the mountains. We ended up signing a contract for the very first venue we saw which was NOT in the mountains and for a summer date (and then later ended up going with another venue.. I can elaborate on that later on another post..). You should NEVER sign a contract on the day you visit the venue, especially if it’s the first venue you’ve looked at! I did end up getting the mountain wedding of my dreams but it was in the spring rather than in the fall!

    You can start looking at venues in your dream location first (it can be your hometown, your fiance’s hometown, a location that is significant for both of you, etc) and then decide a date depending on when the venue has availability. Most couples need 8-12+ months to plan a wedding but it can be done in a shorter time frame as well! (I’ve heard of weddings that were planned in under 3 months!)

    Just remember that this is you and your fiance’s wedding! Many people will try to give you opinions but try to stay true to yourself and what you desire for your wedding day, it’s okay to say no to certain things if it’s not what you want!

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Jadoregrace // Wedding Portraits 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged
Jadoregrace // Wedding Portraits 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Jadoregrace // Wedding Portraits 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged
Jadoregrace // Wedding Portraits 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged

All pictures taken by Ally and Bobby To my married folk, do you have other things you wish you had known to do after you got engaged? Drop your advice in the comments below! :)
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18 comments

  1. You look beautiful in those pictures! I bet you put so much work into your wedding! Here in Austria weddings aren't that big of a deal. We don't have engagement photos, we don't have a registry, we don't do rehearsal dinner or bridal showers etc. The day itself is usually very important and there is a huge party but before that - nothing haha.

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    1. Oh my gosh, that is so interesting!!! Yeah, Americans definitely have an obsession with our weddings it is such a big deal! There's a party for EVERYTHING!

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  2. Your pictures are gorgeous! Congratulations! I got engaged about a month ago and it's been non-stop planning ever since! I knew this would be a crazy time but I wasn't prepared for how many details need to be sorted out. Thanks for these tips!

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  3. I keep hearing about creating a wedding e-mail. This totally would have never occurred to me!

    http://moosmusing.com

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  4. Aw Grace y'all have such lovely wedding photos!! I TOTALLY agree with these points. I am not in a serious relationship so nowhere near being engaged but I know someday these will come in handy for me. :)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  5. Beautiful photos! I also think it's really important to delegate tasks between you, your fiancé, and others involved!

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  6. These are great tips for any newly engaged couple!

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  7. You look gorgeous, and those pics are perfect!

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  8. These pictures are beautiful! I love your flower choices!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  9. we created a wedding email and a facebook just for that

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  10. These are great tips! Also, these photos are so beautiful!! Congrats on the wedding!

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  11. I love the idea about the email! I'm crazy organized and I need everything with categories. That would help so much!

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  12. I wish I would have created a wedding email account, that is genius!
    PS -- You two make a gorgeous couple, love the portraits!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  13. Lovelovelove your dress, makeup and hair! Total #weddinggoals.

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  14. Great tips, thanks for sharing and your photos are so beautiful

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  15. What a brilliant ideas! I'm so happy to see you happy, these photos are gorgeous.

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  16. My friend from high school is getting married in a few weeks, and I had no idea how hard and stressful it is to plan a wedding until I saw her go through it! I hope this list helps some other frazzled brides-to-be!

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