Statistics show that Christmas proposals make up 26% of all engagements. So, the odds are, if you think he might be close to popping the question, get your mistletoe hung with care this holiday season. With all this influx of newly engaged couples, its good to have a road map of sorts to follow as you begin the planning process. You'll be on your way if you follow this checklist for the newly engaged.
1. Announce your Engagement Formally. Your friends and family will appreciate hearing your big news from you personally rather than through your Facebook status or Twitter feed. Take the time to spread the word.
2. Create a dedicated Wedding Email account. As you begin planning,m you will receive a barrage of emails and having a separate account will help to keep you organized.
3. Decide the style of Wedding you'd like to have. Are you dreaming of a traditionally formal affair or an intimate gathering in a romantic destination?
4. Make a list of what really matters to you. Chances are, unless you're one of the lucky few brides with an unlimited budget, certain items will have to take more priorities and having a list already composed will help you to make those tough decisions.
5. Set the Budget. Not the most enjoyable detail to ponder, but oh so important to making your ideas a reality and having appropriate expectations from the beginning will eliminate a lot of heartache.
6. Create a Rough Draft of your Guest List. It may seem premature, however, many elements of your wedding will depend on the number of guests you will entertain.
7. Decide on your Venue. The place where you will host your ceremony and reception may dictate many other elements such as style.
8. Will you be working with a Planner? If you decide to hire a planner the earlier the better.
9. Decide on your Design Theme. Having an idea formed before you meet with artistic vendors like florists and photographers will help you to ask the right questions in your selection process.
10. Choose the members of your Bridal Party. Its time to inform your nearest and dearest that you'd like them to hold a place of honor during your big day.
When you stick to these simple guidelines, the overwhelming wedding planning process will begin without a hitch. Happy Planning!