I recently shared with you the first five things you should do after getting engaged. From insuring your ring to hiring a wedding planner, you’ll want to tackle those five tasks before any other. But, while you’re handling those items, there are some things you should avoid.

When you first get engaged, it’s easy to get excited and jump the gun on certain details. However, doing so could cause major problems for you in the long run. No matter how anxious you are, here are four things you’ll want to avoid right after you get engaged.

Booking Vendors Before Hiring a Planner: Hiring a wedding planner is one of the first five things you should do after you get engaged. However, you shouldn’t book any other vendors until you’ve found your planner. Your planner can help you narrow down and select the best vendors for your wedding based on budget, style and personality. Additionally, planners often have a rolodex larger than you can find on Google which ensures you’re getting the best team.

Sharing Details Publicly Before Making Your Guest List: It’s tempting to share the details of your big day across your social media account, at work or over dinner with friends. However, sharing details with someone could give them the impression they’re invited. Wait until you’ve finalized your guest list before sharing details so there is no confusion and no hurt feelings.

Choosing a Date Before Consulting Family and Besties: You probably don’t know the dates of every event in your friends’ and families’ calendars. Once you’ve settled on a date, run it by your best friends, wedding party if you’re having one and family to ensure there’s no conflict. Forgetting to do this could mean you lose deposits or that the most important people in your life aren’t able to attend.

Announcing Your Date Before Booking Your Venue: Often times your venue will determine your wedding date. When you select an ideal wedding date, it’s not guaranteed to be available at your favorite venue. Wait to announce your date until you’ve signed the contract and paid your deposit to avoid any issues with your guests.

Now that you know what not to do, check out the five things you should do to guarantee you start your planning off on the right foot!

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