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Top 10 – Randy Jackson

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Randy Jackson, events coordinator, Cedar Ridge, lists the top 10 things to do after becoming engaged:

1. Enjoy! Jump up and down, saying, “We’re engaged!” Stare at the engagement ring. Take the time to write down in detail how you got engaged.

2. Purchase a journal. This will be a time of ten thousand moments you won’t forget, as well as some frustrating times that you’ll need to vent about, and not necessarily to your partner.

3. Announce your engagement. Tell everyone the good news.

4. Set the date. This is one of the most important decisions you will make as you plan your wedding.

5. Set the tone of your event. This is the time to decide if you’re having a formal wedding, a casual affair or a theme wedding. You need to decide what you want your wedding to feel like.

6. Set the budget. Look at your finances. You also may want to consider getting a new credit card just for the wedding. It’s a good way for you to keep track of wedding expenses, and can help pay for your honeymoon. Just try to pay it off in full each month.

7. Start looking for ceremony and reception sites. Many venues are booked a year in advance, so the further in advance you start looking, the more likely you are to get the time, date and cost that you’ve planned for.

8. Choose your wedding party. Your wedding party does a lot more than just stand next to you on the day of your wedding, so choose your party wisely.

9. Get support. The successful bride and groom do not plan their wedding alone – they get help. This may be from professionals or trusted friends who’ve planned their own weddings. You may want to consider hiring a wedding planner or consultant.

10. Find a photographer. Remember, you get what you pay for. These are the pictures you will be looking at for the rest of your life, and you want them to be good.

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