You’re engaged! Congratulations!
It can be overwhelming, we know. But we’ve got you covered. There are some things that are best to get done immediately and others that you don’t necessarily have to tackle too quickly. You may wake up feeling like you have to plan your entire wedding in a day but, fear not, that’s not even close to reality.
We’re narrowing down the “big ones” to 10 things that you need to do as soon as you get engaged. Don’t sweat the small stuff, instead, we urge you to enjoy the engagement including all of the festivities and planning that comes with being a bride (or a groom)!
10 Things To Do As Soon As You Get Engaged
Tell Your Loved Ones
Don’t blast it on Facebook and Instagram without telling your family and closest friends first. And shy away from just texting the news too. If you can celebrate and tell everyone in person, do that, and at the very least, make a phone call before they hear it from someone else.
This is one of the most important and special moments of your lives and it’s important that you treat it as such! You’ll get the most heartwarming congratulations as well, making it extra special.
Take a moment to yourselves and revel in the moment. Grab a glass of champagne and cheers to the new step in your lives! Before you get caught up in all of the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, make sure you take time to celebrate this step and not just skip over this part of it all.
If you’d like, a part of that celebration could include an engagement party. This could be a surprise where you throw something together yourselves and wow everyone with the news or your bestie may want to plan it.
Get It Sized
The first step to showing off that gorgeous rock is to make sure the ring actually fits! Get it sized correctly on your finger. The last thing you’ll want is for you not to be able to watch it shimmer and shine because it falls off or is too small. And you don’t want to lose it either.
Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Just find yourself a trusted jeweler and then bring it in!
Pick A Date
First things first, when do you want to get married? Think about the season and then start sorting out what dates fit best with your vision. Even if you pick a date range, that will help move along the entire process.
You may want to chat with your family members and closest friends as well. This is especially important for any destination weddings because you want your people to have the availability to come!
Scope Out Venues
Once you’ve picked a date – or date range – you can start scoping out venues. This about how big your guest list will be and what kind of budget to anticipate. First, sit down and talk about what each of you wants in a venue and then start searching!
Also, invite your moms and dads to do this with you. It’s a great way to have a family get involved – especially if they’re helping out with the finances.
Start envisioning your big day and gather clips and photos for yourself. By collecting this bout of inspiration, you’ll be able to explain and show planners and other vendors exactly what you have in mind.
Use Pinterest, create an album on your phone, or just cut out bits from magazines that you love. Just start looking at ideas to spark your own!
Talk About A Budget
Before you dive into all the ins and outs of the big day, it’s important that you start talking about a budget. Whether you’re paying for the wedding yourself or your parents are chipping in, you want to make sure you have something in mind that creates a limit.
Talk about your priorities and what’s most important to you when it comes to the celebration. This way, things don’t get out of hand and no one gets uncomfortable.
Yes, we’re talking about your ring. You should make sure that your new beauty is protected from damage, theft, and “wait, where’s my ring?” moments. There are various insurance agents that can help you with this and the cost is minimal!
You can also visit Jeweler’s Mutual to get yourself coverage quite easily. Basically, if anything happens to your ring, you’ll be able to replace it without dropping the same amount out of your bank account.
Indulge In A Fresh Mani (& Get It On the Gram!)
And finally, go grab yourself a fresh mani before posting a shot of your new piece. Go with a color that excites you and then pop a new photo onto the gram that you can shout the news from the rooftops with!
Besides, your hands will be the focal point of a lot of conversation and eyes for the next couple of weeks so it’s important to make sure your nails are on point. Nix the chipped polish and make sure your digits are sparkling as much as that rock.