Here鈥檚 the scene. You got engaged just before the holidays (or maybe even on New Year鈥檚 Eve itself!) and now, yes now, it鈥檚 time to get real. Hunting down the perfect venue, figuring out what kind of dress you want and building your guest list are all at the top of the to-do list. Well, we鈥檝e got news for you. There are a few more things you should probably add to that list ;)

We鈥檝e teamed up with聽Target Wedding Registry聽to put together a go-to guide of 10 must-dos before you say I do. Mazel tov!


1.聽Make a Wedding Website: Keep all the details of your wedding organized and your guests in the know by creating a website for your wedding. Our wedding website app, Weduary, is just the thing you need.聽Weduary聽makes it easy for any couple to build a social and beautiful wedding website in minutes. Created by the crew here at Brit + Co, Weduary is designed with a DIY spirit in mind 鈥 you can personalize your entire site, from the domain name to your聽registry info to a聽custom color palette. It鈥檚 sort of like Tumblr, but for wedding sites. Easy to use, social and pretty darn good-looking. Last year, we announced an even more slick component of the registry section. In addition to mixing and matching experiences, charitable donations and more, you can also聽embed a custom聽Target Wedding Registry聽right on your site.


2. Take Engagement Photos: Take a gander at last year鈥檚聽Be Yourself Together contest聽to see how dozens of couples brought their love to life through fun photos. Whether you do it yourselves with a self-timer and road trip or go the pro route, make sure you have tons of fun, take at least a dozen silly ones and feel free to bring colorful props. This winter scene from Brit and her husband Dave鈥檚 engagement photos (from 2010!) is great inspiration for post-holiday engagements.


3.聽Choose Your Bridesmaids: It鈥檚 time to check in with your besties and pop the next important question: Will you be my bridesmaid?聽There are ton of ways to do this, from a simple (probs emotional) phone call to a full-on surprise party.聽Head here聽to check out 10 DIY ideas for popping the question to your ladies as well as 10 great gifts to give them the weekend of your wedding.


4.聽Plan Date Nights: Wedding planning is stressful. It鈥檚 easy to get caught up in a pattern where all you do when you鈥檙e at home with your 聽S.O. is plan, make decisions and plan some more. Make sure to set aside a few nights a month for date nights. As way-too-grown-up as they can sound, they鈥檙e awesome and a great way to make sure don鈥檛 get too stressed out.


5.聽Register for All Your Dream Gifts: Registering for gifts is one of the most fun tasks on the wedding to-do list. As we mentioned, we鈥檝e actually tricked out Weduary with the power to embed a custom Target Wedding Registry right on your wedding website. Register for kitchen basics, travel essentials and pretty much anything you need for starting your life together.


6.聽Whip Up Breakfast in Bed for Your Boo: Breakfast in bed may be the oldest trick in the book, but that鈥檚 because it鈥檚 a tried and true one. Our delectable聽stuffed French toast for two聽is one way to your boo鈥檚 heart, especially when paired with a raspberry champagne cocktail or two. If you鈥檙e more of a savory morning person, skip out the berries in the middle and go for an herby rosemary, gruyere and olive oil combo.


7.聽Host a Bridal Brunch for Your Ladies: Tell your girls just how much you love them by hosting a bridal brunch in their honor. This can be something you do as part of asking your bridesmaids to be your bridesmaids, a twist on a traditional shower for all the women in your family or even a day-of-the-wedding luncheon to make sure you stay nourished for your big day.


8.聽Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home: Actually, make that 10 spa days at home. You鈥檝e gotta remember to pamper yourself throughout wedding prep and planning. Outfit your bathroom with fragrances you love, scrubs that make you feel refreshed and towels, robes and slippers that make you feel warm and fuzzy. And never underestimate the healing and rejuvenating power of a good old fashioned bubble bath.


9.聽Choose a Wedding Hashtag: Don鈥檛 try to be too cool for the wedding hashtag 鈥 you will LOVE the fact that you have one in the days leading up to and following your wedding. Use it to get your friends and family excited as the day approaches, and encourage your guests to use it to share photos from your special day. Make sure it鈥檚 easy to spell and share it ahead of time on your website as well as the day-of on trays, tables and signage.


10.聽Make DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kits for Your Wedding Party: Finally, keep your people equipped.聽There鈥檚 one thing all weddings have in common: day-of surprises. Someone鈥檚 hem comes down and they need a quick stitch, one of the groomsmen never undid his breast pocket and needs a seam ripper, and, of course, everyone in the wedding party needs to keep their breath minty fresh.

Happy engagement!

This post is a collaboration with Target Wedding Registry.聽