You’re Engaged! Now What?

By Tommy Waters, The Renaissance

One of the most-asked questions that wedding vendors hear from couples is, “What do I do first?” And it’s a very important one! Don’t worry. We’re here to help! Here are the top things to think about doing first:

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1. Choose your date. 

One thing you can count on is that whatever date you are thinking about…another couple is thinking about it too. Want to hear something scary? In the year 2020, across the nation, one of the most popular dates had over 10,000 couples thinking about it. Fortunately, that is not the case in any given region or area. But it still goes without saying that picking the date and zeroing in on a favorite is important.

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2. Set a budget.

If you haven’t already considered what you have to spend, now is the time to do it.  Bring in anyone and everyone that will help with expenses to discuss and create the budget.

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3. Book the church and venue.

For all the couples thinking of the same date, you can be sure that they are thinking of the same venues and churches too. Choosing a date and then booking the venue and/or church will certainly check off the big to-do items on your list and can quickly reduce stress. Most will only do one event per day, so booking early will make sure you get the one you want.

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4. Create your wedding party!

One of the most fun, but very stressful jobs on your to-do list can be deciding who will be in the wedding party. Generally, pick the names of friends and family who are closest to you and have the biggest impact on your lives.

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(PRO TIP: after choosing the party, sleep on it. Once you’ve asked someone to play such a big role, you can’t take it back!) 

Thomas (everyone calls him Tommy) Waters is with The Renaissance, an all-inclusive wedding ceremony and reception venue based in downtown Richmond’s exciting Arts District. To learn more about The Renaissance, please visit www.