You’re Engaged! Now What??
12 Things to do a Soon as You Get Engaged
Wow! You’re engaged – and NOW it’s time to post an Instagram ring selfie to tell all your friends and followers.
NO! Just hold right there for a minute, believe me, you will thank me later.
Before you decide to spread the news on social media and excite your friends & family, here are some things to consider first:
1. ENJOY THE MOMENT!
Before spreading the news, take the time to enjoy this moment with your now fiancé. Head to a local bar for a celebratory drink or pop that bottle he brought along with the hope of you saying “yes”.
Enjoy this time – try to take a few days – or even weeks to just be engaged because before you know it, you will be caught up in all the planning.
2. GET A MANICURE
All eyes will now be on your left hand, so why not pamper your fingers and make your new ring stand out!
3. SHARE THE NEWS
You will want to start by telling your parents, either in-person or on the phone. No text messages!
Once your inner circle is informed, you are welcome to share that perfect selfie post on social media. #isaidyes
4. THINK BIG
Allow yourself some time to let your imagination run free – maybe it’s the wedding of your childhood dreams or a more intimate destination event with your closest friends and family.
Write down what you would love to have at your wedding, along with some of your non-negotiables. Create a Pinterest board
for wedding day inspiration. This will help you define your style and narrow things down. Sit down with your fiancé and start planning.
5. DISCUSS DATES
Everyone will be asking when the big day is – just let them know that it’s in the works. It’s best to select a wide range
of dates and think about the season you want to marry in. Do you see yourself having a winter wonderland wedding or a spring wedding with new blooms?
If you plan on getting married during peak season or over a holiday weekend, make sure you let your guests
know early. Also, hire your must-have vendors ASAP as they will sometimes book-out a year in advance.
6. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
If you choose to hire a wedding planner, do so before you book your venue or any of your vendors (unless they are a must-have).
You will want to bring your planner along to your venue site visits so that he or she can truly understand your wedding day vision. They will also give you the inside scoop on the best vendors to choose while having consideration for your budget. Additionally, they will give you a different perspective on things – which is sometimes much needed.
7. SET A BUDGET
First things first, you need to figure out how much you are willing to spend on your wedding before making any decisions.
Talk with your families and see if and how much they are willing to contribute. It is important to start
a savings account if you will be paying for the event yourself. Make sure you and your fiancé are in
agreement before speaking to family members.
8. DRAFT A GUEST LIST
This is definitely one of the toughest parts of planning, especially if you have large families and don’t want to start a war.
A great way to narrow it down is by asking yourself “Can I see this person sitting at my dinner table?”
If the answer is no, then it’s a clear indication that they should not be included on the guest list.
9. BOOK YOUR VENUE
By this point, you should have your planner booked (should you chose to have one) and guest list completed.
Now it’s time for your venue! Your venue choice will influence the style of your wedding, from your dress code, colour palate, flowers, to your choice of dress. You will want to secure this early on.
10. BOOK OTHER MAJOR VENDORS
Your next big bookings after your planner and venue are your DJ/band and photographer/videographer.
These vendors quickly become fully booked so our advice is to hire them as early as possible to make your planning less stressful.
It also allows you time to browse their portfolios.
Your planner will be able to provide you with useful tips to narrow down your search.
11. STAY ORGANIZED
This is very important! You will want to make sure you keep all your contracts and receipts in one place – whether it’s on your computer, DropBox, Google Drive, or a wedding binder.
Keeping on top of all details is key.
You will also want to create an excel sheet to keep track of your budget, payments, and outstanding balances.
12. ENJOY YOUR ENGAGEMENT!
Listen, there may be times when things become stressful. Just remember, everything has a way of working itself out.
Get the help you need, be true to yourself and whats important to you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions when things are not clear. This is your moment. You owe it to yourself to really enjoy this exciting time.