Getting engaged is an exciting and magical time and one that should be cherished. A lot of work can go into planning the perfect proposal so it’s important to lose yourself in the moment as a couple, once your partner says yes! After the initial celebrations as fiancés, knowing what to do next can be a little daunting.
Read on for some helpful advice to guide you through the next stages.
1. Call family and friends
Once the reality of becoming engaged has had time to sink in, it’s time to let your loved ones know. You can either phone your parents or pay them a visit and surprise them with your news. The same goes for your friends. Taking photos of your engagement ring and posting them on social media is also a good way of letting less immediate family and friends know your exciting news.
2. Get your engagement ring sized and insured
Your partner may have gone to extreme lengths to make sure that the engagement ring they picked would fit, either seeking out a ring you wear already or asking a close friend. However, if the ring sizing turns out to be a little off, fear not. Almost all engagement rings can be resized, whether you’ve opted for an opulent stone or kept the budget small by seeking out a cheaper engagement ring. Insuring your ring is also an important step that’s not to be overlooked. Having engagement ring insurance will provide you with peace of mind and allow you to proudly show your ring off to friends and family.
3. Discuss the budget and guest list
The wedding budget is often an area where couples struggle. Knowing your budget at the start of the planning process is key to making everything more comfortable so sit down as a couple and work out the wedding finances in order to alleviate any monetary challenges further down the line. Writing down a budget breakdown for individual categories such as the venue and flowers will also help you stick to your overall budget.
Creating a preliminary guest list will give you an overall idea of how many people will be attending the wedding, which will play a big role in factoring in costs. Don’t be shy of cutting down your guest list if you can’t afford to feed everyone!
4. Think about a date and start looking at venues
Once the budget is decided and the guest numbers estimated you can start to look at wedding venues. You may have a couple of venues in mind but look around a few to keep your options open. You never know, the venue you thought you would like the least may turn out to be the one. With an idea of wedding venue availability in mind, you can look to set a date too. Setting a date early and sending out save-the-date cards will allow your guests plenty of notice and help to ensure that as many of them can attend as possible.
5. Plan an engagement party
If you’re a couple who love to celebrate with friends and family than planning an engagement party is a must. Engagement parties can range from small get-togethers in a local restaurant to large-scale affairs at a hired venue. However you choose to celebrate, be sure to leave some finesse for the big day!
Planning your dream wedding can feel like a huge task but following these steps will allow you to approach it slowly and methodically, reducing stress and allowing you to enjoy an exciting time!