Did someone get down on one knee, slip a ring on your finger, and say the four little words you’ve been waiting to hear? Congratulations, you’re engaged! You’re about to embark on an incredible journey with the love of your life, and the Wedding Shoppe can’t wait to be a part of it. But, where to begin? The first month after getting engaged can be a whirlwind, especially if you’re planning on tying the knot within 12 – 18 months. Below are some tips to help you get started. From engagement ring insurance to your wedding planning timeline, we’re here to help.
Top 10 Things To Do After Getting Engaged1. Save memory. Take it all in, then take a few photos! Most girls love to snap a shot of the new rock but don’t forget a photo with your new fiancé.
- Tell the world. Okay, maybe not the whole world. But calling your parents, grandparents, siblings, and best friends is always a good start. You want to make sure your loved ones hear the great news from you, rather than social media. Remember, getting engaged is just as momentous for your loved ones as it is for you!
- Protect your ring. I highly recommend getting your ring re-sized as soon as possible. Your heart will drop each time it slips and slides on your finger, and you’ll be showing it off a lot. Plan to get it re-sized when the seasons change, too. You should also purchase engagement ring insurance right away. The sentimental value could never be replaced, but engagement ring insurance ensures that your investment will.
- Break down your wedding budget. If you and your fiancé have discussed getting engaged, you may have also considered your wedding budget. If not, this should happen as soon as possible. Some of the most significant investments occur in the first weeks of the wedding planning timeline, and having your budget in place will make it a lot less stressful.
- Select a season. Setting a date may be a stretch, but selecting a season will help with your wedding planning timeline. It will also allow you to research vendors, venues, and seasonal prices.
- Design your wedding planning timeline. Once you select a season, it’s time to create your wedding planning timeline. You can find plenty of templates online to help you get started. Choosing vendors and venues will always be the first step, and shopping for your dream dress and wedding party attire will soon follow. Creating your wedding planning timeline will help reduce wedding stress, and make sure the process remains fun!
- A family affair. If possible, get the parents together for dinner and drinks. Your families will probably be involved in the planning process and giving them a chance to get to know one another, exchange numbers, and discuss your dream day will help get the ball rolling. This is also an excellent opportunity to present them with your wedding budget, discuss the guest list, and get advice!
- Find your photographer and choose your venue. I’ve asked a few of our Wedding Shoppe brides-to-be, and they all agreed that choosing your venue and finding a photographer are essential first steps. If you have your heart set on a specific venue, availability may determine your wedding date. It’s also a good idea to find your photographer right away since you’ll want to use them for your engagement photos.
- Plenty of Pinterest. That’s right. You have my permission to spend as much time as you want on Pinterest, wedding blogs, and www.weddingshoppeinc.com. Get inspired, and create a wedding that reflects both you and your fiance. Also, keep your budget in mind as you check things off your to-do list.
- Breathe. Getting engaged is something you have always dreamed of. Your big day will be a blast, but try to have fun during your engagement as well! Get your fiancé involved, but remember that the wedding shouldn’t take up your lives. Go on romantic dates whenever you can to remember why you’re doing all of this in the first place.
Now go off and plan your dream day! The Wedding Shoppe will be here every step of the way.