Engagement planning for new brides: top 10 things to do right after you get engaged

Engagement advice: top 10 things to do right after you get engaged. Every bride needs to read this!

Chrissy Vensel Photography via Style Me Pretty

Your significant other just popped the big question. You cry, you laugh, you say yes! At last, you’re engaged and are about to embark on one of the most fun adventures you will have your whole life – planning a wedding.

However, before you start choosing a color scheme and naming your bridal party, there are a few specific items that every couple and bride-to-be needs to check off their list right after getting engaged. Read on for this crucial engagement planning for new brides guide!

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Real engagement ring selfies from new brides (and 3 ideas for your own photo!)

Real engagement ring selfies from new brides

Michael James Photos 

I remember the moment I got engaged like it was yesterday. The stoop we were sitting on, which also happened to be the same one we sat on for our first date, the words that were spoken to me and the moment I saw my engagement ring for the first time. I think I had been planning my wedding since I was seven, but the act of getting engaged and the moments that followed couldn’t have been dreamed of.

The best way to describe it is as an out of body experience and then you pinch yourself and realize that you’re one true love (cheesy as it sounds) has just asked you to spend the rest of your life with them and put a beautiful ring on your ring finger…so how do you share the news with everyone else?

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BOW awards: The best wedding songs of 2014

Gorgeous first dance song. These amazing first dance songs from 2014 are amazing!


Amy and Stuart Photography


I’m just going to come out and say it: it was a great year for music. The entire last year of 2014 was a milestone for weddings in general (sequined bridesmaid dresses, are you kidding?!), but I have to say that the romance jams in the past year were right on point. And that means good news for brides and grooms, because it makes choosing the first dance song for your wedding much easier!

Whether it’s the gorgeous & romantic songs we’ve loved from this year (John Legend, anyone?), or the unexpected ballads we’ve forgotten about until now, these songs are sure to bring a sweet and sentimental element to your wedding day. Read on for the best wedding songs of 2014!

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BOW awards: the most stunning styled wedding decor ideas of 2014

Beautiful creative outdoor wedding reception with a stunning tent in Ojai

Styling: Jill La Fleur Wedding Planner | Michael Costa

If you’ve planned a wedding or are in the process of planning one yourself (I’m raising my hand, here!) you know that the wedding decor ideas and styling concepts don’t just create themselves. While creating the style and decor ideas for your wedding sounds fun, it does take a lot of effort and expertise to come up with something that is both stunning and realistic!

However, a wedding is your dream day, and that means that dreams come true…right? Right. That means having a big day with a ceremony and reception styled to your vision, and today we’re looking at the most gorgeous and jaw dropping wedding decor ideas and styling concepts that we’ve seen in 2014. From extravagant outdoor soirees to simple ceremonies and fun DIY details, you’re sure to swoon and be majorly inspired by these real weddings. Read on to see the best of the best from this past year!

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