I’m officially engaged! My fiance, Dave, proposed back in December in front of the Woodstock Opera House, where we first met. We are planning a longer engagement so we can celebrate in-person with our friends and family. I’m in the process of getting my ring insured, but I’ve been thinking about other wedding-related things. While our wedding is a couple of years away, here’s what I started working on to prepare for the big day.
Created an email address specifically for wedding information
It’s no surprise that email is one of the most popular forms of communication. I have a couple of email addresses I use to section out the type of content I get. Anything that will be related to our wedding now has its own email inbox. That way, when our wedding is over, I won’t be bombarded by wedding information I no longer need.
Set up folders in Google Drive
I’m a big fan of Google Drive and planners. Sometimes it makes more sense for me to write things down to remember them, and other times it makes more sense to type something out that I can easily access later. Since there are so many things that need to be planned and organized for our wedding, I’m choosing to keep everything document-wise on Google Drive. My wedding email is set up through Google, so I can keep everything under one account. I found this great template from Reddit for wedding planning spreadsheets that I already saved to Google Drive to use in the future.
Subscribed to Miss to Mrs. Box
This was actually a gift from my mom that I would have never thought of myself. Miss to Mrs. Box is a subscription box for wedding-related products like decorations, apparel, drinkware, wedding planning items, and more. Depending on what package you decide to order, you can edit the frequency of boxes and how many boxes you want. My mom ordered 9 boxes to be sent over the course of 18 months, so every two months I’ll receive a box.
Created an account on The Knot
Since we’re planning a long engagement, it’s a little too early to set up our wedding website and registration. However, I did create a general account on The Knot. When the time comes that we’re ready to create our website and registry, I already know which wedding service we’ll use. Plus, The Knot offers an option for guests to offer cash presents for wedding presents, which we plan on using when we set up our registry.
Thought about what I DON’T want
When I was in college, I chose my career path by deciding on what I DIDN’T WANT TO DO. That’s how I’m approaching wedding planning; to help narrow down so many possibilities when it comes to a wedding. We decided not to have a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony [both of our parents are Catholic], and we don’t want to hire a videographer. Because I eliminated those options right away, I can start thinking about other venue options and allocate more money towards a photographer.
With a longer engagement, we have the benefit of having more time to save money. I was using Qapital to help save money each week whenever I use my debit card. I set up a new savings goal in Qapital for our wedding with two goals to help fill the account: transfer $25 each week and follow the 52-week savings challenge for the next calendar year. By the end of 2021, I should have around $2k set aside specifically for wedding expenses. I’ll be more aggressive with setting money aside for the wedding once we set a date and the date gets closer. Having a specific spot where I can save wedding funds will be helpful.
Did I miss anything? What are some things you did after you got engaged?