We just got in engaged on Christmas. Complete surprise but a good one. Christmas was also our 4 year anniversary.
Still haven't even told everybody yet. Not even facebook official (atleast until we can finish telling our families-everybodys all over the place and his family is rather large). I have most of my ideas as far as dress type, wedding party, color, relative date, and all in mind, but.... Where do you start? I mean what's the most important thing to think about first. Budget obviously but we haven't gotten that far yet. So far all we've accomplished is we have our best man and maid of honor picked out and they are both on board. All I can think about is dress shopping and picking colors. But where do you even begin with a budget. I was thinking that will come later once everyone knows and we'll see who can pitch in what. I'm hoping my Dad will keep his promise of: "The older you are when you get married the more money I'll give you." Granted he told me this when I was engaged the first time-at 19. That time didn't work out and ended 3 months after I said yes. But I'm 25 know, with my now Fiance who is 31, for 4 years. I'm a little bit older and wiser than I was then. We're thinking Autumn 2014. I'll be 27 then. Do you ask your parents and his to help or do you just see what they say? I don't want to them to think I expect oodles and oodles of money. Which I don't. This is going to be a DIY wedding as much as practical. I'm an avid sewinger, crafter, artist, florist, etc. So in that area where I can adjust my budget as neccessary.
Sorry for the long post. But mainly my question is... Once you get engaged and you've told everybody... where do you go from there? Any thoughts would be appreciated since I'm a new bride to be.