The MOST IMPORTANT Wedding Planning Tips for Newly Engaged Couples


HEY - I'm Annette

An Arizona based Wedding, Elopement & Couple's Photographer. I am here for the wild, messy and imperfect moments. Let me help you create an experience that will last a lifetime.


January 25, 2024

Annette Ambrose Photography, a Destination Wedding Photographer (and newly engaged bride-to-be herself), shares six of the most important wedding planning tips that you should know if you are a newly engaged couple.

Congratulations on entering your ENGAGED ERA!

Being newly engaged is an exhilarating experience, but the road to your dream wedding can be filled with unexpected twists and turns.

As a fellow bride-to-be, I’ve compiled a list of tips to guide you through the initial stages of wedding planning that no one talks about – at least, not really!

So, let’s dive into the essentials of the newly engaged checklist.

6 Wedding Planning Tips YOU SHOULDN’T OVERLOOK 

ONE | Bask in the Engagement Bliss

Before diving headfirst into wedding planning, take at least two weeks to revel in the joy of being newly engaged. This period of bliss is so important for you and your fiancé to savor the moment without the pressures of wedding preparations.

TWO | Get Ring Insurance ASAP

An often-overlooked detail is securing insurance for that beautiful engagement ring.

Don’t wait – get ring insurance as soon as possible.

Ensure you have the ring appraised, and contact your insurance company to add a ring insurance plan. It’s a small step that can save you from potential heartache later.

THREE | Create a Wedding Email:

Simplify communication with wedding vendors by creating a dedicated wedding email.

This allows both partners to stay in the loop, streamlining the planning process and keeping all essential information in one place.

FOUR | Decide on the Wedding Location

Choosing a wedding location can be challenging.

Consider your dream destinations, budget constraints, and the size of your guest list. Whether it’s a beach wedding, a European affair, or a destination overseas, make a decision that resonates with your vision for the perfect day.

FIVE | Establish a Budget

Determining a budget early on is a MAJOR DEAL for narrowing down your choices.

Send inquiries to potential venues, hotels, and vendors to gauge costs. Wedding prices can vary significantly, so be prepared to reach out to multiple options.

SIX | Build Your Inspiration Boards

Create mood boards and inspiration boards on platforms like Pinterest to visualize your dream wedding. Keep a notes page on your phone with a list of venues and other details, fostering organization and collaboration with your fiancé.

Additional Wedding Planning Tips for Ensuring Your Dreams Actually Become Realities

ONE | Stay True to Your Vision

Everyone will have an opinion, but remember, it’s your day. Stick to your vision and plan the wedding that reflects your preferences.

TWO | Draft a Guest List Early

Decide on the size of your wedding, keeping in mind the intimate atmosphere you desire. Draft a guest list to help with venue selection.

THREE | Start Planning ASAP

There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to wedding planning. Research booking dates for hotels, venues, and vendors to secure your desired date.

Learn from My Wedding Planning Secret

I have been keeping a little secret…
On where my fiancé & I want to get married! 

One thing about planning my wedding that I want to stay very true to what I preach to you all is doing what YOU want for YOUR wedding!

We noticed when we started telling people about our wedding plans the opinions were constantly flowing so we chose to not tell people until we figured out where we wanted to get married.

Unfortunately, I did come across that we were too early to book a date for our hotel/venue for May 2025, but at the end of the day, I am glad I did all this research on where we wanted to get married at have communication with the day of coordinator so when its the end of March, we can officially book our wedding date. 

We know what we want is asking a lot from our friends & family and we understand that.

At the end of the day, it’s something WE want & we would love to have the memory of a lifetime in a destination that is absolutely jaw-dropping beautiful & everyone can share this experience & memory together! 

Any ideas where you think we are going to tie the knot?
Hint: It will be on the coast.

Embarking on the journey of wedding planning is an exciting adventure.

Remember that it’s not just about the destination but also the journey. Stay true to yourselves, enjoy the process, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy planning!


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HEY - I'm Annette!

An Arizona based Wedding, Elopement & Couple's Photographer. I am here for the wild, messy and imperfect moments. Let me help you create an experience that will last a lifetime.


Annette Ambrose

Weddings, Elopements, & COUPLES