For many, the day you get engaged will be one of the happiest days of your life to date. This was definitely true for me. And while it’s an amazing day, the hours, days and weeks following can be overwhelming. There’s suddenly so much to do! For most of us, this is our first time planning a wedding. If you were like me, the engagement ring was unexpected and you weren’t anticipating planning a wedding. Today I’d like to offer you a few tips to make that hectic time a little easier. Here are 8 things to do after getting engaged:
1. Call your VIP’s.
In the age of social media, it won’t take long for the engagement news to end up on Facebook. Before it does, make sure to call the people you want to tell yourself (parents, siblings, grandparents, best friend).
2. Get your ring insured.
This is a big one! Engagement rings aren’t cheap, and you definitely want to be prepared should something happen. There are a few different ways to go about this. You can have it insured individually, under your homeowners/renters insurance, or through the jeweler.
3. Get a manicure.
There are going to be a LOT of people checking out your hand in the coming weeks. You’re definitely going to want to be rocking a manicure! In the week or two leading up to our graduation party (where Dave proposed), he encouraged me again and again to treat myself to a manicure before the party. I didn’t listen, but quickly figured out why he was encouraging it!
4. Enjoy the moment.
Wedding-related things are going to start getting hectic. Don’t forget to stop for a moment and just enjoy being engaged! Push aside the wedding talk, go on a romantic date with your new fiance, and just enjoy the moment.
5. Buy some bridal magazines.
Or start a wedding board on Pinterest (who am I kidding – you already have one). Just start to get some inspiration. You definitely don’t have to be making any decor decisions yet, but it’s good to get an idea of what you like as far as colors, etc.
6. Buy or make a wedding binder.
I looked at a ton of wedding planning binders online, at Barnes and Noble, etc, but ultimately ended up making my own. There are a ton of tutorials online for how to do this. Really this is just a place where you can organize all of your wedding information. There will be a lot! I also found myself using Google Drive fairly often for lists.
7. Start a savings account and talk budget.
I would recommend starting a savings account specifically for the wedding right away. Also, it’s time to talk about a general budget. Figure out how much you can each put into the savings account each month and from there, set a realistic total budget. The expenses add up fast, so it’s best to go in prepared.
8. Look at the calendar.
Over the coming weeks and months, you’re going to get TONS of people asking you if you’ve set a date. Probably even on the day you get engaged. People are excited! Take a look at the calendar and narrow it down to a season when you might want to get married. We knew we wanted a spring wedding, but wouldn’t be able to sufficiently save for the wedding in one year. That’s how we decided on spring of 2015.
Hopefully these tips can help make the weeks after your engagement a little less hectic. It can be a stressful time, but should be an enjoyable one as well!
For those who have been engaged, what tips to do you have for newly engaged couples?
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