Engagement Season

The Holiday season is in full swing, which also means it’s Engagement season.

We know what that means for us – non-stop quotes and consultations for elated brides to be.

To help through this exciting time we have compiled a couple of tips to help the newly engaged.

The first question to answer is “Big or Small”?

It seems that no matter what size wedding you think you are planning, it always gets bigger and bigger. Be prepared for unexpected expenses and guests that your Mom wants you to invite. If you decide to go small, be ready to upset some people. My fiance and I decided to invite just our parents and grandparents to meet us in a small town in Oregon. Yes, that’s right, we left the wedding capitol of the world to get married by a river in a little town. We also managed to offend a handful of people. They eventually forgave us, and we had the perfect wedding to suit our personalities. Bottom line is, you need to decide what is right for you and your fiance, and stick to your decisions.

The question of $

How big is your budget? Most people have no idea how much a wedding costs.

We typically see three kinds of weddings: total DIY, self planning , and those that use a wedding planner.

My advice is don’t DIY unless you are a super crafty person. The last thing you want is to be making centerpieces and bouquets for the first time the day before your wedding.

If you choose to do the planning on your own, it is best to approach different vendors for quotes, so you can get an idea of what is possible in your price range

With a wedding planner you may be spending more, but you will experience a lot less stress.

I also advise you to use budgeting software early in the planning stages. I love YNAB in general, but especially for planning for big $ expenses.

Don’t get caught up in the big trend of the moment 

Every year there’s at least two new trends that everyone seems to go crazy for.

Do Mason jars ring a bell?

If you’re planning your wedding 1 to 2 years out, start by focusing more on the feel of the wedding. As you get closer to the date, that’s when you fine tune the details and the designs.

Don’t get absorbed by the planning 

It can be overwhelming and stressful if all you do is focus on your upcoming big day.

You need to make sure that you still do the things with your fiancé that made you fall in love in the first place.

As cheesy as it sounds, LIVE IN THE NOW and ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! Almost every couple that I’ve ever worked with has said they can’t believe how quickly the day went by, and that all of the little details that they stressed about in the planning were completely forgotten when the time came to say “I do”.

EFI Wedding Planning


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