So Sweethearts! Newly Engaged? Well…now what right?
Congratulations to you both. Sharing and receiving the ring is the best feeling in the world and let’s face it… For many, one of the most amazing times/moments ever. But seriously, what happens next? If you answered Pinterest, please stop right where you are. Instead take a few minutes to bask in the moment with your Sweetheart. For a bride and groom to be, wedding planning is exciting but can be confusing and frustrating as well. Our goal is always for you to enjoy the wedding planning process, that is why we have gathered a few tips for you on what to do after getting engaged.
- Enjoy the Moment
After you’ve said “yes” it’s time for you both to savor the moment. Take some time to love on each other, cry, pray and laugh together. Pop a bottle of champagne and toast to marriage and future together. Don’t feel pressured right away to start planning, take some time to relax, breathe and just bask in your engagement space. Revel in love, revel in the moment. Trust us, you’ll be glad you took the time to.
- Get a Manicure
Want to know what will be in the spotlight for the next few weeks? That’s right your left hand so you should visit the salon and get a mani stat. Of course everyone will be looking at your beautiful bling on your left hand, so making sure that your hands and nails are intact is very important. Whether you choose to go natural, a pop of color or something sparkly, be sure to choose something that compliments your bling.
- Go Ahead and Take a Selfie
The famous phrase says ” a picture is worth a thousand words.” So go ahead and take a selfie of your beautiful bling and share it on your social media platforms “AFTER” you’ve shared the news with your FAMILY and FRIENDS. If the actual proposal was captured on video or professionally by camera do gather some footage and share away. If not… snap! Snap away! Don’t forget to change that status from single to engaged.
- Announce it
After you and your fiancé have taken some time to savor the moment, it’s time to share the good news. Before you make your big announcement on social media, gather all your family and close friends. Do tell your parents first (preferably in person or a phone call —but no text messages.) For everyone else, decide whether you are going to tell them all at once or let them know individually. After you have shared the news with family and friends feel free to share the big news on your social media platforms.
- Get your Ring Insured
Okay bride and grooms to be, we pray that this doesn’t happen but realistically, what happens if you lose your ring? What about if it got damaged, someone stole it, the diamonds fell out or you lost it? Scary right? Because the truth of the matter is you both wouldn’t want anything to happen to that beautiful bling. That is why ring insurance is extremely important and can offer secured financial protection. Be sure to ask your jeweler if you are covered in the event that something happens. Also be sure to understand all terms in the policy along with how long the claim process will take.
- Set A Date
Choosing the perfect wedding date is a very important first step, but you’ll need to consider a few things to ensure your chosen date works for you, your budget, your venue and your vision. Things to consider: the time of year and venue availability. If your budget doesn’t allow for flexibility right away, you will need time to save accordingly. Set aside some time to discuss your date together. Every bride and groom’s needs are different. Take the time to discuss what’s best for your wedding. For example, If it’s the time of year that will determine your date, consider choosing 2 dates in your favorite seasons. As you continue to explore your options you can then narrow down what you like most about the season and choose from there.
- Discuss A Budget
We know the budget talk can be uncomfortable. Awkward as it seems… Money talks. The budget talk is a very important conversation that must take place for you both to experience the wedding you desire. This talk will bring clarity to so many factors you will have to consider for your wedding day such as your venue, guest list, bridal party size and every aspect of your wedding planning. Before you can proceed with any plans for your wedding you and your Sweetheart must agree and come to terms with what’s really important to both of you.
- Research Wedding Venues
One of the biggest assignments on your to-do list will be booking your wedding venue. It’s kind of a big deal and you should start researching very early in your wedding planning process. Don’t worry about finding THE ONE right away. Take some time to make enquiries and visit a few favorites on your list. Consider your date, budget, guest list size, where you’d like to get married and what is your desired style as you begin your research. Knowing this information will save you a lot of stress when you begin to search.
- Choose Your Bridal Party
Before you pop the questions “will you be my bridesmaid? Will you be my groomsmen?” to your family and friends, take the time to consider who will be there with you on your special day. Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and you need people who will support you, celebrate you and help make the day all that you are desiring it to be. After you’ve made your decision, pop the question. You can do this by offering a small gift or by inviting all parties to a special luncheon or dinner.
- Get Inspiration
Don’t feel pressured to jump right into wedding planning after your engagement. However it won’t hurt to start gathering inspiration as you and your Sweetheart discuss the big day. Wedding planning calls for a lot of talks between you both. So discuss your wedding style. At your wedding what would you like to see, hear, smell, touch, taste? You can both attend wedding shows, look at wedding magazines and we now allow you to go on Pinterest. Create an account and start pinning your ideas. Don’t stress, nothing has to be set in stone just yet. Take some time to get familiar with your style and what type of wedding you both desire.
Last but Not Least Enjoy Your Engagement
Take the time to enjoy your engagement. Spend lots of time together. Allow yourselves to feel the excitement, cry and laugh. Take this time to embrace each other and get closer than before. Make sure to connect by hugging and kissing as much as you can. If you can, plan a trip and go on plenty of dates. Live in the moment. Enjoy each other and your engagement. You will never be able to revisit this exact moment.
Congratulations as you begin this journey and best wishes for a beautiful life together!