The First Five Things To Do After Getting Engaged

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It’s that time of year again… when over 43% of engagements happen! If you received something shiny this year, here are some tips for the first things to do after saying “yes.”

  1. Let Your Families Know. Start with your parents, and set up a time for them to meet each other if they haven’t already.  Next, share the news with siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. And of course your best friends! Once you’ve made these personal announcements, you can make it “Facebook official” and let everyone else in the world know.
  2. Get Your Ring Insured. This is a step most brides and grooms don’t think about.  If you have homeowners’ or renters’ insurance, talk to your agent about adding the ring to your policy. You’ll probably need an appraisal, and the original purchase receipt.
  3. Talk About Dates. Even if you don’t have “the” date picked out, you should discuss a general time of year, and whether you will be willing to have a Friday or Sunday wedding.  Talk about dates with your families, and also with your officiant or house of worship to make sure you avoid any religious holidays.
  4. Make a Guest List. You’ll need input from your families here too! Ask each set of parents to make their own guest list, and combine them with yours.  From this wish list, you can scale down if necessary.  It’s important to have a ballpark idea of how many guests will be invited before you start looking at venues, and of course for budgeting purposes.
  5. Come Up With A Budget. If your families will be contributing financially, talk to them about the amounts they are comfortable with.  Make a list of your priorities (drop-dead photography, incredible food, over-the-top florals) and then start breaking down your budget based on those priorities.
Once you have these steps taken care of, you can start looking at wedding gowns, interviewing wedding planners, and searching for the perfect location for your big day.

Christmas Inspiration

Christmas is next week! Yikes! If you are busy with wedding planning, your Christmas preparations may have fallen by the wayside this year. But don’t worry, we found some fun and easy projects on Pinterest to inspire you! Head on over to check them out. Merry Christmas!

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A Reminder About Wedding Insurance


We’ve written a few blog posts about wedding insurance before, but here is a reminder: every wedding should have wedding insurance!

As I type this post, fierce storms with damaging winds and enough rain to cause flooding and landslides are hitting California. What if your wedding was this weekend?

Closer to home, a North Florida wedding venue had some issues last month that caused them to tell couples getting married in December that they can’t host their events. What would you do if you had 10 days to move your entire wedding? Or if you DJ or photographer suddenly went missing?

Wedding insurance covers so many things that brides and grooms don’t want to think about. But saying “it won’t rain on my wedding day” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a backup plan. And wedding insurance is the ultimate backup plan.

This article from CNBC illustrates just what a benefit insurance can be. Josh and Kristina paid around $250 for their insurance policy and were reimbursed for roughly $14,000 in deposits they had paid when their Brooklyn wedding venue went out of business. Just like you wouldn’t want to drive your $25,000 car without insurance, you don’t want to invest that amount (or significantly more) in your wedding and not have protection.

We recommend WedSafe and Wedding Protector Plan for wedding insurance – check out their websites for more info!

Congratulations, Ashleigh and Charles!


This weekend, we’ll be celebrating the wedding of one of our own! It’s time for Ashleigh and Charles to tie the knot, and we couldn’t be happier for them. Ashleigh has written some blog posts during her wedding planning journey, and I’m sure that after some down time she’ll share with us what she learned along the way!

I have gotten to witness three of our team members say “I do” – Emma, Melanie, and Lauren – and I’m so excited to add Ashleigh to that list. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Spring 2015 Internship


Does this look like fun?

We are currently seeking smart, professional and outgoing students to apply for our Spring 2015 internship! Interns must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s/Master’s program at an accredited college or university and provide documentation from their school stating they are able to receive academic credit for this internship. This unpaid internship will run from January through April or May, depending on your school’s calendar and/or requirements.

Intern Office Duties:

  • Assist with daily office operations
  • Email information to prospective clients
  • Follow up on inquiries and book appointments
  • Create blog entries
  • Work on marketing campaigns
  • Answer phones in a professional manner
  • Respond to emails in a timely manner
  • Work with the First Coast Weddings team to create new procedures, promotions, etc.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling at all times
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Other duties as needed

Internship Requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 hours in the office each week, and availability on weekends.
  • Dress in business casual attire while at the office, black suit on wedding days. Remember, first impressions are everything in this business!
  • Represent First Coast Weddings in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Be pro-active and look for tasks to assist with when your assignments are complete
  • Willingness to sign a agreement stating that all paperwork, files, vendor information or client data is proprietary and confidential
  • Act as a team player
  • Failure to report for a scheduled shift without notice (no-show) will result in termination of the internship. If you cannot work your scheduled shift, you must notify the lead coordinator at least three hours prior to your scheduled start time.


To be considered for an internship, please complete the application by clicking here.