This is the moment you have dreamt of, maybe your entire life. Saying, “YES” to spending your life with your best friend forever. Well, that moment has finally come; Congratulations, you’re officially engaged!
Once the initial excitement wears off, you are probably wondering, “well, what am I supposed to do next?” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our list of the first ____ things you should do once you get engaged.
1 -Call your closest friends and family and share the exciting news with them! Phone your parents, your siblings, even your middle school bestie, and allow them to share in this joyous moment with you. Chances are, they may have been in on the surprise and have been anxiously waiting for your phone call. The last place any of these people should hear this news is social media or word of mouth.
2- Treat yourself to a manicure. Your hand will be the center of attention for the next couple of weeks, so you’ll want to make sure that your nails are clean & polished. Once you’re ready to share the big news with the rest of the world, go ahead and take a ring selfie and post it on social media as well. Sit back and prepare for the likes, dm’s, and congratulations to flow!
3- Soak it all in. You may have waited for this moment since the day you met your fiancé, so enjoy the fact that the moment has finally come! Once you get engaged, there is no need to rush right into wedding planning or to the alter right away. Unless a speedy wedding is what you and your partner want, allow yourselves the mental space to soak in the bliss of being a fiance! Remember, if outside pressure to start planning comes your way, it’s okay to let others know that you are just enjoying engaged life and you will share more details once you’re ready.
4- Determine a realistic budget. Once you’re ready to get serious about wedding planning, you’ll want to start by determining your all out budget. Having this number established early in the planning process will help you and your partner make critical decisions about the wedding more efficiently. Your budget will affect things like venue selection and even how many guests you can invite. So be sure to sit down together and have this discussion promptly.
5- Establish your guest list. Now that you have an idea of how much you’re able to spend on your big day, you need to decide who you’ll want to share it with. Determining who makes this list can sometimes be tricky. Still, it is an essential component to get squared away when planning your big day. To help you navigate this process, click here to check out our blog on Prioritizing your Guest List.
6 – Start thinking about your wedding date. Some factors to consider are:
Try not to get too fixated on one specific date. A little bit of flexibility could help you as you begin searching for your wedding venue.
7 – Begin researching your dream wedding venues. Think about the overall aesthetic of your wedding day and search for venues that would complement that vision. Whether a venue with waterfront views is your ideal setting or a more rustic setting fits your vision best. Your venue will determine many other aspects of your wedding day, from which vendors you hire to how many people you ultimately invite. So do your homework and book as early as you can. Check out our blog post for more tips on how to choose your dream wedding venue.
8 – Build your dream team of vendors. Once you’ve booked your wedding venue, it’s time to start thinking about the other vendors you want to hire to help bring your wedding vision to life. Most venues have a list of trusted and preferred vendors available for their couples to access. These lists are an excellent resource for couples to take advantage of when it comes to narrowing down reputable wedding vendors. Keep in mind, popular vendors will likely book up quickly, so don’t wait to reach out and make contact to ensure you have the best chance of building your dream team.
9- Create a wedding website. There are many different sites available to help you make your wedding website. Check out our guide to the Top 5 Wedding Websites here. A wedding website provides an all-access place your guests can retrieve important wedding updates. There you can share your engagement story, photos, and any vital wedding details. It’s also a great place to host your wedding registry once the time comes. Some sites even allow you to build your registry on the site itself.
10 – Seek Inspiration. Now that all your hard work is done, it’s time to have some fun and start creating your wedding inspo board! Whether you pull inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram, or wherever, it’s great to have a landing space to help you organize your thoughts & ideas. Use your inspo board to help you narrow down your wedding day theme, color palette, floral selection & wedding dress ideas. Have fun, but stay focused so that you don’t end up pulling too many disjointed thoughts and get overwhelmed.
There you have it! Our top 10 things to do once you get engaged. Above all else, remember that this time should be fun! Surround yourself with positive energy and never lose sight of the end goal, the day you get to marry your soul mate!