What Are The Next Steps You Should Take After Getting Engaged?
Sunday, 21 April 2019

 Getting engaged is just the beginning of the wedding frenzy. After you’ve taken a moment to enjoy the moment with your significant other, your mind needs to go into wedding planning mode.

Here are things you should mark off your to-do list after you get engaged: 

1. Tell Your Friends and Family - As soon as the ring is on your finger, you are going to want to pick up the phone to let all your loved ones know about the next stage in your lives. Giving all your loved ones a phone call or text shows how important they are to you and that you want them to share in the happy moment. Make sure to make your rounds before you announce your engagement on social media.

2. Set Up An Engagement Photo Shoot - The engagement photo shoot is an important step in spreading the news of your upcoming nuptials. Finding the right photographer takes time and you want to make sure this is scheduled in time to use them for your save-the-dates. The engagement photo shoot just takes as much time to plan as the wedding day itself, so make sure you tackle this early on.

3. Insure Your Ring - This might not seem like a very romantic step, but let’s face it an engagement ring is not cheap. If you already have homeowner's or renter’s insurance, you might be able to add your ring to your policy. You will need to get your ring appraised first and make sure to ask what the policy covers. Replacing or repairing your engagement ring might cost quite a bit in the future, so it is important to find a policy that can cover damage and lost.

4. Get Your Ring Sized - A big part of making sure your ring does not get lost in the first place is to make sure it fits. Your engagement ring is not just any piece of fine jewelry. It is likely a piece of jewelry that you will wear all the time, so you want to make sure that it feels comfortable every time you wear it.

 5. Party! - Once you have told your family and friends, it is time to celebrate the next step in your relationship. Engagement parties can be a small intimate celebration or a huge party. An engagement party should come right after the actual engagement. Traditionally, the engagement party is a cocktail party hosted by the bride’s parents. However, today many couples choose to host a more casual affair themselves.

6. Set A Date - Begin considering when you want to get married. You do not have to set a concrete date, but it would be good to discuss with your partner an idea of when. Many wedding venues as well can sometimes be booked for years ahead of time.

7. Shop Venues - Once you have decided on a general time you want to wed, shopping for a venue is the next step. As mentioned, popular wedding venues often book far in advance, so getting your name on that waitlist or set date is important. When shopping for venues remember to keep in mind the location and how convenient parking and space is for your guests and vendors.

8. Find A Wedding Coordinator - Many couples debate if a wedding coordinator is really worth hiring. We are here to tell you, 100% yes! Planning a wedding, no matter small or big, is an overwhelming event with many different moving parts. A wedding coordinator can help you before, during, and after your big day. They will help keep things on track and make sure everything on your to-do list is done. Ask around for recommendations and set up meetings with several wedding coordinators so you can see who best understands your vision for your big day.

9. Set A Budget - Another important step in the beginning stages of wedding planning is to set a realistic budget. Setting a budget will help you figure out how to allocate your funds. You might want to start with an overall spending budget and then as you shop for vendors figure out how much you want to spend on each thing.

10. Start Your Guest LIst - It might seem early to start a guest list, but this goes hand in hand with setting up a budget and booking a venue. Knowing how many people you need to accommodate can help you figure out the size of venue you need and how much you must spend on food, seating, entertainment, and giveaways. 

Getting engaged is a wonderful moment in any couple’s journey. Wedding planning begins the moment you say “yes”. However, keep in mind to enjoy the planning with your fiance and find joy in the chaos of planning a wedding.
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