Your boyfriend JUST surprised you and popped the questions!! First comes complete overwhelm and excited, then comes the question: What do you do after you get engaged?
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FIANCE
Before picking up the phone and calling all of your closest friends and family members, relish the moment with your new fiancé! Get a bottle of champagne, enjoy each other’s company and celebrate with just the two of you. I promise – that will be a moment you will forever cherish. This should absolutely be the FIRST thing you do after you get engaged!
CALL YOUR RELATIVES
Once you are done celebrating with your fiancé, call all your family and friends. Notice I said CALL? Not text, not Facebook, CALL. None of your family or friends want to feel like they were the last to know about your engagement by seeing your status update on social media. Make them feel loved by picking up the phone and calling them. I promise, you will be glad you did.
TAKE A RING SELFIE
Yes, I know this sounds odd, but let's be honest, you are EXCITED about that ring and want to show it off!! Once all your family and friends know about the engagement, take that 'blingy' ring selfie and post it to Instagram!
GET YOUR RING SIZED + INSURED –
As much as your fiancé loves you, chances are he didn’t get you the right size ring. Do yourself a favor and get it re-sized to perfectly fit your ring finger. Engagement rings are expensive and can easily fall down the drain or be stolen.
Also, be sure to purchasing ring insurance will ensure that you are covered if anything ever does happen to your precious new engagement ring. This is definitely one of the first things you want to do after you get engaged!
SET A BUDGET
Believe it or not, weddings are expensive. Even a small wedding will most likely cost more than you expect. Sitting down with your fiancé and realistically setting a budget for your wedding is going to make life easier down the road. Think about also creating a savings account specifically for your wedding! This way you will feel less stressed financially as your wedding sneaks up on you.
CONSIDER A WEDDING PLANNER
I might be a little biased here, but bringing on a wedding planner from Day 1 can be one of the BEST decisions you make after you get engaged. A wedding planning can answer alllll of your questions, give you wonderful insight into your budget and venues, and will make your life so much easier through through the process! Chatting with a planner form the beginning with ensure you are setting yourself up for success.
AND to make your life even easier, we are currently offering complimentary wedding planning sessions. ;) The goal is to get you going on the right track - NO strings attached.
SET A DATE
Even it’s not THE date – From the moment you get engaged people are going to begin asking you when the big day is. Having a tentative date set is going to answer all those questions, and is also going to make the planning process easier as you begin reaching out to venues.
THINK BIG PICTURE
Start daydreaming about your wedding and honeymoon! What are you picturing? A big wedding? A destination wedding? An outdoor wedding? Those big picture visions are going to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to searching for venues.
DRAFT A GUEST LIST
It might sound odd to create a guest list right after you get engaged, but you can't begin looking at venues until you have a rough idea of the guest list. You need to know if you will be looking for a space for 50 or 300.
Oh, and don't forget to talk to you parents about their list. You may be surprised by the number of people your parents are expecting you to invite.
RELAX + HAVE FUN
Last but not least, have FUN! There are going to be times when your engagement gets stressful, and I encourage you to step back and enjoy the process. Remember that you only get engaged once! Don’t allow yourself to get so wrapped up in beginning to plan your wedding that you don’t take any time to just enjoy the engagement.