So, you’re engaged. Well, huge congratulations to you both! It’s such a super-exciting time – but before you get carried away in your post-engagement flurry, check out our little ‘now what’ guide below.
1. Spread the news
First thing’s first… once that question’s been popped it’s time to share the exciting news! We’re not talking a general Facebook or Twitter update (that can come later), those nearest and dearest will absolutely want to hear the news from you personally. Brace yourself, you’re going to be recounting your proposal story a LOT, but remember that each person you tell is hearing it for the first time – so stay excited and relish the moment!
2. Have your ring sized
In the next couple of days, it would be a good idea to have your ring re-sized if needed – this can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. The last thing you want in your first week of engaged bliss is to lose your sparkler down a drain! If your man didn’t propose with a ring, it’s time to hit the jewellery stores.
3. Get insured
Now that you’re sporting some serious dollars on your finger, you’ll want to make sure your shiny new ring is protected. It is paramount to organise ring insurance as quickly as possible – depending on your provider, this could be added to your home and contents insurance or you may need to take out a separate policy.
4. Mani time
Must we explain? You’re going to be showing off your hand to the world! Plus snapping plenty of pictures, so you may as well pretty up those fingers.
5. Set a date… kind of
Even if you and your fiancé aren’t ready to lock down a definite date, it’s a good idea to have a general timeframe for your big day. After people ask about your proposal story they’ll be wanting to know when the wedding is, so providing a vague timeframe can be helpful.
6. The pre-wedding bash
The engagement party is your first pre-wedding event, so begin brainstorming on a date, location, theme, and photographer. Some couples like to tie in their theming and stationery with that of their wedding, so if this is you, you’ll need to have a grasp on the direction of your wedding styling, fonts, and colours.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Now could be a good time to lock down a wedding coordinator to assist with the details.
7. Start a wedding file
Inspiration for your big day can come from anywhere and everywhere, so grab yourself a wedding binder where you can file all of your clippings and documents. With the amazing blogs and websites like Pinterest now online, it’s also a good idea to create a digital inspiration file too.
8. Get saving
Weddings cost money, and plenty of it, so open up a special savings account so you can track exactly where you’re at financially throughout your planning process. Now’s also the time to get a general feel for your budget and to develop a loose savings goal.
9. Start dreaming
Give yourself a little time before you dive into full-blown wedding planning to simply dream. Start to create a vision of how you want your day to look and feel, how you see yourself as a bride and the type of event you think represents you as a couple.
Being freshly engaged is a special time, so ensure you take plenty of time out to simply enjoy each other’s company and appreciate one of life’s big moments.
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