After the engagement – what to do next?!

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You’re engaged! Now what?

The proposal was perfect, you’ve told your parents, the social media sphere is glowing with congratulations. Now what?

“A wedding planner is a must,” says recent bride Jessica Kiefer. “If for no other reason than to give the bride a break the week of the wedding, I highly recommend a wedding planner. They’re not as expensive as you think. It’s a common misperception that this person will plan the whole thing for (or without) you. You can be as involved as you want.”

Kiefer had a year from engagement to wedding, and she got started planning almost right away. Normally pretty organized anyway, she didn’t want to be scrambling at the last minute, when she knew she’d be working and moving in with her fiancé at the same time.

She turned to www.TheKnot.com and to Pinterest for ideas on everything from centerpieces and cake designs to veils and shoes. On the former, she found The Knot Wedding Checklist, which she said she found invaluable.

“I always knew what I should be doing during any given week, and if I was ahead or behind or on schedule. It gave me great peace of mind and helped me not to forget anything,” Kiefer said.

The wedding planner also ran an experienced eye over all the contracts Kiefer needed to sign – before she signed them – with the venue, photographer, band, caterer, etc. And after the reception, Kiefer left confident that all her gifts, envelopes and personal property were secured.

Of course, brides plan their own weddings every day without the services of a wedding planner. If this is your preference, we suggest using some type of printed planner, such as The Knot Wedding Checklist, to keep yourself on track and as a place where you keep all your notes, phone numbers, etc., related to the wedding. The site also can help you budget, create a guest list and much more.

Speaking of guests, Kiefer and her fiancé created an online wedding site – complete with the ability to track RSVPs – at www.MyWedding.com.

Above all, stay calm by getting started sooner rather than later. When your wedding day arrives, more quickly than you can imagine, you’ll be glad you did!



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