The First Week
Congratulations . . . he got down on one knee, he popped the question, and you said yes! Where do you begin with the wedding planning? What do
you need to do first?
Relax! Don’t start worrying about every detail today. You don’t need to decide where to seat Uncle Bob at the reception or exactly which stems
you’ll use in your bridal bouquet -.not yet anyway! There are plenty of decisions to be made, but here are the things you can do this week to set
the tone for your entire engagement and wedding planning process.
Enjoy the moment...Then, Share it!
Be intentional about enjoying every step of the way
This only comes once in your life, so don't feel compelled to rush through your phone list and make 2-minute phone calls to everyone you know.
First of all, make sure you and your fiancé have had plenty of time to revel in the moment together. He has just asked you to become the center
of his universe, so make sure you don't say "Yes" and then leave him on his knee while you run to your phone. You may spend the entire evening
together re-living the big moment and laughing about the way he stumbled through the proposal that he had rehearsed so many times or how you
started crying the moment you saw that funny look in his eye.
Now it's time to hop in the car or pick up the phone to share your joyous news. After all, isn't the point of having that ring on your finger
to be able to show it off to your friends and family? Have fun describing every detail of your proposal to your closest loved ones. Your friends
and family can play an important role not only in your wedding, but in the planning process itself, so don't be shy about using this time to ask for
help. Most likely they'll feel honored, and will appreciate knowing exactly how they can help you out.
Start with Wedding Planning Software
Get started right, so you can relax, knowing that details won’t be forgotten
You should enjoy your engagement as a care-free bride-to-be! By getting organized from the beginning you can keep the focus on the magic of the
event and you will create positive memories you can treasure for a lifetime. My Wedding Organizer™ wedding planning software is a must-have wedding
tool! It’s a great way to stay on top of things and can ease the burden of coordinating the wedding.
Don’t become the dreaded "bride-zilla"! They carry around a 4" thick ring-binder with papers, business cards and magazines sticking out on all sides
and have post-it notes on every surface of their home, office and car, just trying to keep up with the planning details. No wonder they’re stressed!
Use My Wedding Organizer™ from the very beginning and you’ll have a place to make notes, record and track your guest list, set and stay on a budget,
customize a To Do list, and even print out invitations and place cards! $29.95 is a small price to pay for your sanity. Your fiancé will appreciate
the calmer, saner you!
When you are visiting your parents or future in-laws, use this time to give them a copy of My Wedding Organizer™ so they can start working on the guest
list. You don’t even have to buy a separate copy for them! They can start entering their addresses on their own computer, and can email the results to
you when they're done. My Wedding Organizer will automatically merge these names in when you receive the file, so you won't have to worry about re-typing
anything. This is a life-saver! Just imagine if they gave you the names and addresses of their friends, extended family, work colleagues, neighbors, etc.
in various emails, documents, on slips of paper and over the phone!! You would have to re-type or cut and paste all of the names and addresses! Trust the
brides who have used this feature - it alone is worth way more than $29.95!
Set a Date and Time
The first key step in planning the wedding
The entire wedding planning process centers around the date that you decide to walk down the aisle, so it's important to talk to your family early and
choose a date that will work for everyone. Before you chisel your wedding date in stone, it’s a good idea to choose 2-3 dates and check with your family,
maid of honor and best man. If you have your heart set on an exclusive venue that always seems to be booked, you might want to choose a date based on
Once the date is set, simply key the date into My Wedding Organizer and it will create a suggested schedule of To-Do’s for the ceremony, reception, rehearsal,
engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and bridesmaid’s luncheon! Talk about being organized! Your friends - who are used to
putting up with frazzled, frantic brides - will marvel at how relaxed you are!
Decide your Wedding Budget
Staying in control of the money puts you in control of the planning
Once you have the date established, the next thing you need to decide is how much you can spend on this wedding. With a budget in place, you can stay in
control, knowing that you will have enough money to pay for each detail along the way. Let My Wedding Organizer™ track your budget and spending for you!
MWO’s budget tool allows you to enter the total amount you plan to spend on the wedding, and it will offer suggested break-downs for each category. You’ll
know exactly how much you can spend on your bridal gown, flowers, portraits, etc. You enter the actual costs as you go to see a running total of your
expenses. You can even track payments that need to be made along the way.
Let the planning begin!
My Wedding Organizer™ is essential to your success
Good job! You are getting started on the right foot. You can now begin setting appointments with caterers, DJs and cake companies. This is the fun part!
Before you head out the door, print out worksheets from My Wedding Organizer™ to help you with your interviews, and of course, spend hours and hours
flipping through wedding magazines to find out exactly how to make this wedding day perfect!