Your significant other finally popped the question and you said yes. Congratulations! You’re on your way to an amazing wedding and an even more amazing life with your better half.

What about your family? You have to let them know about your special day. They have to be prepared for your upcoming nuptials and they may even need your help. Undoubtedly you’ll need to help your future mother-in-law find a mother of the groom dress to fit the occasion.

And you’ll have dozens of other plans and preparations for your family that will require your help and expert guidance. Are you ready for the challenge? Take a deep breath. Relax. No matter what, try not to let the magnitude of the situation overwhelm you.

How can you make life easier on you and your better half? You can keep reading to learn tips about how to prepare your family for your wedding.

Tip #1: Informing the Parents of the Bride

Informing the mother and father of the bride might be a delicate situation. On the other hand, if the future groom already asked the bride’s father for her hand in marriage then the cat’s already out of the bag.

Why is this a potentially volatile situation? In a word: money. Weddings cost lots and lots of money. And if this is a traditional situation, the bride might need to inform her parents that it’s time to shell out the big bucks to pay for her special day.

Or you and your better half might want to pay for the wedding yourselves. Will the bride’s parents be offended? Relieved? Indifferent? You won’t know the truth until you spill the beans and let them know about the wedding.

They also need to buy appropriate clothing for the big day. Moms and dads of brides and grooms obviously want to look their best. And they want to dress appropriately for the occasion. So if there’s a particular theme or a certain style of dress they should wear, it’s best to inform them sooner rather than later. In fact, you may have to go shopping with them to help them choose the ideal attire.

Tip #2: Informing Your Siblings

Now that you’ve both shared this wonderful news with your parents, it’s time to let your brothers and sisters know about the big day. They need just as much time to prepare and make arrangements as anyone else.

Even more important, will any of your brothers and sisters play a bigger role in the wedding ceremony? Maybe your sister is going to be the maid of honor. Or a favorite brother is given the job of best man. Or everyone will be in the wedding party. Only you know what you want, so it’s up to you and your better half to let the siblings know where they fit into this special event.

Remember, you and your bridesmaids will want to go shopping for wedding and bridesmaid dresses together, so they need to be informed about that. And the groom will need to take his brothers tux shopping.

All in all, there’s plenty to do and your siblings need to know about everything involving them.

Tip #3: The Venue

Are you planning a beach destination wedding? Or maybe you have a special place where you and your better half plan to get married? If it involves traveling, you have to let your family know right away.

First, they will need to take time off from work. Second, they may need to begin saving money for hotel and airfare. Third, they need to plan their trip and coordinate everything with you so they don’t unintentionally make a mistake.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, preparing your family for your wedding is no easy task. There are so many things happening and they need to know all of it. So make these preparations big propriety to ensure your family is happy, willing, and ready to see you tie the knot.