He popped the question and you said yes! You’re finally engaged but now what? You are probably feeling a whirlwind of emotions and are ready to tell the world. However, before you make the big announcement take some time to soak in the moment with your fiancée. It won’t be long before you start feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done, so plan a date night, grab some champagne and make a toast to each other! While it might feel surreal, it is time to go ahead and get started but where exactly do you begin? Here are 6 post-engagement tips that will help you make the most of this exciting milestone and help you begin planning for the big day!
- Tell Your Parents
Before snapping a ring photo and posting it on social media, take time to tell your parents first. Chances are, they already have an idea of what is going on but they are your parents after all. Give them the courtesy of a phone call or visit to share the big news. Once you have made the announcement to your family, it is fair to go ahead and share the news with the rest of your friends!
- Get Your Ring Insured
Most people forget about this less than romantic step in the process but it is a very important step, nonetheless. If your ring falls down the drain, gets lost, or loses ones of its diamonds you will be forever glad that you insured that precious piece of jewelry.
- Start Thinking About a Possible Date
You certainly do not need to have an exact date in mind right after the engagement but it is a good idea to start thinking about a few dates. Start with a season or time of year and go from there. Desirable wedding venues book up well in advance so it is wise to think about a date right from the start.
- Talk About Wedding Size
Regardless of whether you are having a small intimate ceremony or a large elaborate wedding, it is important that you and your fiancée are on the same page. Talk to your family and get their input if that is something that matters to you. Once you have a rough estimate it is easier to select a venue.
- Discuss the Budget
This might be one of the most awkward parts of the wedding planning but it is also one of the most important. No one likes to talk about money but you cannot really move forward with any wedding plans until you have a budget in mind. You will need to discuss this with your fiancée as well as your parents if they are footing the bill.
- Select a Wedding Party
You have thought about dates, discussed wedding size, and even selected a few possible venues. Now it is time to decide which people you want to be standing by your side on this special day. Make sure you agree on the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen you are going to have before you begin asking them. This is one of the most important days of your life and you want to take time to decide which family and friends will be in your wedding party.
Getting engaged is just the beginning of your love story and the exciting adventure that comes with wedding planning. Take time to daydream and flip through plenty of magazines to get ideas on how you can create the wedding of your dreams. Most important of all is taking time to revel in the moment and imagine the happiness of spending the rest of your life with your soul mate.