You're Engaged! Now What...

The holiday season is among us which means you can expect 3 things: presents, parties, and oh yeah...proposals.

According to Wedding Wire magazine, among the top 10 days of the year to get engaged include Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, the Saturday BEFORE Christmas Eve, and Two Saturdays BEFORE Christmas Eve.

If you follow the logic, that means that within a roughly 20 day period, it accounts for a LARGE percentage of engagements for the entire year. If you’re among the lucky few to get engaged in this time period, I thought I'd share a few pointers that no one is talking about.

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BOOK YOUR WEDDING VENUE ASAP

Supply and demand means you’ve got to jump on booking your wedding venue. If you’re looking for Omaha Wedding Venues then The Knot offers a pretty comprehensive list here. Many grooms and brides wait until the holiday fanfare is over before setting their sights on any wedding planning.

The problem with that? So is everyone else and therefore all the best days (read: a Husker bye) are snatched up. Several others will start booking their wedding come January so I highly suggest that you call even before the year is over.

If you’re hoping to save a little change by booking a reception venue on a Friday or you wanted a popular wedding hall, then get first dibs by calling before January.

BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER ASAP

Much like wedding venues, finding a wedding photographer is as important because all the good ones fill up fast. For The Eye & Hand Project, I usually seek an uptick in customer inquiries around January for the very reasons mentioned above. As such, I'm only able to accommodate those who inquire first.

Start researching various photographers, ask for referrals, and by all means, make sure to get references from previous clients. I highly recommend that you solicit those yourselves by looking through Google reviews, Facebook reviews, etc.

If you’re not sure what to ask, I've written a helpful guide called Five Questions to Ask Potential Wedding Photographers.

Secret Hint: When photographers think to raise rates, they usually justify changing it at the beginning of the following year. Get yesterday rates, with tomorrow’s skillset by calling first.

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NOW GET TO WEDDING PLANNING

Though the idea of planning a wedding can be stressful, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it’ll go and how quickly you’ll be marking things off your checklist. Don’t forget to:

  • Revel in the high with being newly engaged
  • Get giddy to start using the terms fiancee/fiance
  • Show off your wedding ring

Congrats to you from The Eye & Hand Project and please keep us in mind if you need a wedding photographer.

Cheers to you!