Congratulations! You’ve just said yes and you’re engaged. You’ve happy cried and you’re riding on cloud nine. So, now what?
After the initial excitement has passed, it’s time to start making a to-do list of what you need to do to prepare for the next stage of your life together.
After all, there are announcements to be made, pictures to take and of course, a wedding to start thinking about. Don’t worry, it may sound like a lot, but you’ll love every minute of it.
Start Telling Everyone
The first step now that you’re engaged is to let people know. Now, you can go with the simple route and just call or text everybody. You could post a picture of the ring and with an “I said yes” caption on Instagram. Or, you could get really creative.
Wedding Wire lists some creative ways to announce your engagement with photos. You’ll definitely want to check these out before sharing any photos. Another great idea is to hold an engagement party, where guests just think it’s a regular party. It’s fun for everyone and it’s kind of a like a wedding reception long before the wedding.
Take Care Of The Ring
If your rings fits perfectly, that’s wonderful! However, it’s not always easy for your partner to guess your ring size. So, if it doesn’t fit quite right, take it to get resized as soon as possible. You don’t want to risk losing it or cutting off the circulation on your finger. You can either wait to take pictures after it’s done or use a ring spacer to help it fit better so you can show it off before you take it in.
Also, don’t forget to get it insured. The average cost of an engagement ring in the United States is $5,900. Only 10% are spending under $1,000. If the ring does get stolen or lost, you’ll want to have insurance to cover the cost.
Get Professional Photos
Okay, so first get a nice manicure so your hand is looking its best to show off that beautiful ring. Then, have professional engagement pictures done. These are a great way to start your wedding album and work well for wedding announcements when the time comes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to choose a date right away.
Start Thinking About A Date
While you should definitely take some time to just enjoy this new stage in your relationship, you’ll probably want to start thinking about a wedding date. Mainly, this is because some venues and services are booked over a year in advance, so it’s best to plan early.
Let The Plans Begin
Obviously, the next step is to start thinking about the wedding itself. Some of the main things to consider early on include:
- Budget – Start with this first.
- Possible venues
- Wedding size
- Bridal party
You’ll also want to think about creating a few private Pinterest boards to gather ideas and inspiration. It’s a good idea to keep them private to avoid spilling any big secrets, such as your dream wedding dress or how the cake should look.
You can also start looking at bridal expos if you want to meet vendors and wedding planners in person. This is a great way to meet other couples and get an idea of how you want your own wedding to be.
Take Some Time To Celebrate
It shouldn’t be all about work, right? While you’ll enjoy discussing all the fine details and starting some early wedding planning, don’t forget to take some time to celebrate. You’re engaged, so have some fun. Throw a party, even if it’s not to announce your engagement. This could be just a small party with close friends or family.
You could plan a weekend getaway as a newly engaged couple. Do something special that lets the two of you relax and just enjoy being in love.
If you opt for an engagement party, don’t stress. Let Nickie Jones Events help make your party one to remember. With gorgeous lush centerpieces and fabulous linens, we’ll make sure your engagement party is perfect from start to finish.