Getting engaged is really excited, but it can also be stressful as you deal with question after question from friends and family. Have you set the date? How many guests are you inviting? Who are you choosing as your bridesmaids? Today we’re sharing our top 5 things to do after getting engaged to help you deal with such questions and prepare for your big day.
Make an announcement
First things first, you will need to announce your engagement. If you’ve gotten engaged abroad and can’t wait til you get home to break the news to everyone, call your parents first before Instagramming a photo of your ring, no matter how amazing it is. Everyone is different - if you know that your mom would be devastated for not hearing about it first, then keep that in mind. If you can wait, gather your family together and tell them all in person and throw a surprise engagement party.
Get your ring sized and insured
The chances are your new engagement ring won’t fit you perfectly unless your new fiance has been extremely stealthy! Visit a reputable jeweler to have it resized. You should also have it insured just in case it gets lost, stolen or damaged. See our guide to engagement ring care here for more information!
Sit down and start talking
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to sit down with your new fiance and talk about the kind of wedding you want to have. You'll also need to decide on what type of ceremony you want, whether it will be a big or small wedding, and if you're from different areas, where will it take place. It's so important to do this as you will be much better prepared for all the questions from friends and relatives. If you plan to wait a while before setting a date or are planning to elope, get your stories straight before you tell your families so that both of you know exactly what to say.
Decide on your budget
Once you've decided what kind of wedding you want, you'll need to set a realistic budget This should take into account what savings you have or what you'll need to start saving, if you’ll need a take out a loan or if you’re going to ask your family to help out. Always add a contingency fund for unforeseen wedding costs, and make sure you shop around to get the best deals on vendors.
Enjoy the moment!
Take this time to enjoy your new relationship status as an engaged couple! Plan an engagement party, have fun brainstorming about your dream wedding and enjoy talking to friends about the big day. Wedding planning can be a stressful time and it is rarely cheap, so ensure you take some time to enjoy each other before you dive into the logistics of planning the big day. At the end of the day, if you are married to the one you love, then it will all have been worth it!