You’re Engaged! Here’s What You Should Do First According to Mindy Weiss & Debbie Geller

Engagement season is in full swing, and after a year of ups and downs for most couples around the country, a sparkly engagement ring and wedding planning is sure to spread cheer! If you’re engaged and have no idea where to start—don’t worry! We tapped into veteran planners with over 60 years of combined experience, Mindy Weiss and Debbie Geller of Geller Events, who are celebrating the launch of their new planning course for brides, Mad About Weddings, on what exactly couples should do first.

1. Celebrate!

First things first, take a minute and breathe—it’s time to enjoy your engagement! Too many people go from euphoria to self-imposed aggravation instantly. Debbie Geller says, “Your engagement is one of the joys that you can relish—let the news sink in first!” 

2. Planner or no planner? 

Decide if you’re going to have an event planner included as part of your budget. Mindy Weiss suggests that “If you’re thinking about hiring a planner, hire one before doing anything else. A planner will hold your hand in every step of the process,” However, if an event planner is not in your budget–don’t worry! Consider signing up for the Mad About Weddings program. This virtual wedding planning course will walk you through every step of the wedding planning process, including video courses and downloadable forms. 

3. Set a budget 

Arguably the worst part of planning a party is setting a budget. Both planners suggest talking to your families and your spouse-to-be to come up with an estimated total budget. Remember—without a budget, nothing can be done! 

4. Outline a guest list. 

Nothing impacts your budget and location options more than having your guest list number locked in. People always think they know what this number is, but trust Geller when she says, “When you put it on paper, the outcome is often very different than what is in your mind!” 

5. List out must-haves. 

Sit down with your spouse-to-be and make a list of the things that are most important to each of you. Weiss says, “Planning a wedding requires a good deal of compromise, and knowing each of your priorities upfront is critical to making you both happy,” 

Remember, this is just the start of the next few months (or even year!) of your wedding planning process. If you need more help, don’t forget to check out Mindy Weiss and Debbie Geller’s must-have planning course, Mad About Weddings. Kleinfeld Bridal will be giving a special offer to every bride who purchases their course through December 30, 2020. Don’t forget, this would also be a perfect gift for any engaged brides! 

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