Engagement Photo

Congratulations to YOU…The engaged couple! =) Now that you are engaged but what’s next? There are a lot of information you can find online regarding to what to do first after you are engaged. If you sign up with The Knot, you can also get a lot of valuable information and creative ideas to help you plan. The Knot has recently published “10 Things You Need To Do First” on their website which I will share it below. But, I would like to share with you a little twist of the list to help you get ready and ahead of the game.

Here you go from The Knot 10 first to-do:

1: Start your wedding planner
**Save all your favorite photos to your inspiration board, keep track of wedding to-dos and more

2: Plan an engagement party
**Make your first prewedding party a huge hit

3: Pick a date

4: Find a reception site
**Before the best ones get booked

5: Get professional engagement photos

6: Set your budget
**Keep tabs on your cash flow

7: Find a wedding dress

8: Make a wedding website

9: Consider a consultant
**Planning isn’t easy. Think about hiring a pro

10: Start a guest list
**Theres time to tweak, but go ahead and add your A-listers
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Here you go for my 10 first to-do:

1: Pick a date
**This would be the first question you will be asked when you contact venue and vendors

2: Find a wedding planner
**Wedding planner provides different level of services. Depends on your needs…even if you are very hands-on and think you can handle the planning yourself, you should consider hiring a professional wedding planner to smooth your planning process and especially on your wedding day. Do note that, hire someone who offer at least the month-of service instead of just day-of. You’ve been working hard on your planning, it would be better to have someone professional and know your wedding well instead of hiring someone who just work with you the week-of or just show up on the day-of. The most important, you should enjoy and have fun on your wedding day and celebrate with your loved ones

3: Set your budget
**Consult with a professional wedding planner to get a better idea on how to set your budget. Your wedding is one of your most important days in your life. You don’t want to underestimate and be upset that you are not getting what you want or overestimate on things that you don’t need

4: Find a wedding venue – for ceremony and reception
**Yes, before the good one is booked. As soon as you are engaged and have an idea on the date, start contacting venues to secure it first

5: Start a guest list
**So you have an idea of how many guests you will be inviting

6: Plan your engagement party
**Start celebrating!

7: Find a wedding dress
**Usually wedding dress takes 2 to 6 months for the ordering and ship to the bridal boutique depends on the designer.

8: Think about your wedding color
**To set the tone for your wedding and design

9: Start looking for vendors
**Like the venue, before the good ones get booked

10: Send out save the date and make a wedding website
**If you are planning on sending out a photo save the date, you should consider hiring a profession photographer after you have the wedding day set. Some photographers offer engagement photo session with their wedding package

I hope these “10 things to do first after you are engaged” are some helpful tips for you to get started on your planning. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need any helps. We are here to assist you. =)

Happy Planning!
Amy

Photo by: Orbie Pullen Photography

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all are having a great year so far! No matter which relationship status you are at, we hope that you are having a fantastic 2014 by far and lining up with lots of celebration with your loved ones for the year! Congratulations to those who just got engaged! Cheers to the happy couples who just got married during this holiday seasons. =)

Since it’s new year, thought it would be a great to share an article about tips on being a happy couple with all the newly engaged, newly weds, and married couples. Or if you are single, I think it’s worth to read and share with the ones that you care. As mentioned on the title, this article is called “10 Habits of Happy Couples” by Dr. Mark Goulston. I’m going to post the 10 bullet points here. For more details, please read the complete article by clicking HERE.

10 Habits of Happy Couples
1. Go to bed at the same time
2. Cultivate common interests
3. Walk hand in hand or side by side
4. Make trust and forgiveness your default mode
5. Focus more on what your partner does right than what he or she does wrong
6. Hug each other as soon as you see each other after work
7. Say “I love you” and “Have a good day” every morning
8. Say “Good night” every night, regardless of how you feel
9. Do a “weather” check during the day
10. Be proud to be seen with your partner

We wish all couples a sweet and happy year. A strong and healthy relationship to grow together.

xoxo,
Amy

We are SO excited to share with you that one of our beautiful couple’s weddings is featured on Glamours & Grace! This wedding took place at a beautiful private estate – Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate on top of the Aptos, Santa Cruz mountain overseeing the Monterey and Pacific Ocean. I’ve share a little bit of this wedding few months ago about a Romantic First Look of the bride and groom. But before sharing more details about this wedding, CLICK HERE to check out our featured.

Happy Monday!

xoxo,
Amy

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