Category: Planning & Etiquette
Your love popped the question, and you said yes! Now what’s next? Because wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming, we created this list of the first 10 things you must do once you get engaged.
1. Share the news with friends and family.
After taking a little time to celebrate with your new fiancé comes the exciting task of calling those most important to you. Just be sure to do this before you make the announcement on social media. As you’d suspect, a phone call or text is a much more personal way to break the news – and it gives your friends and family the chance to congratulate you in a more personal way as well. Or consider these bright, shiny and creative ideas for telling the world.
2. Schedule your engagement party.
Now’s the time to celebrate your commitment! An engagement party is one way to make much of your marriage plans or the big announcement in real time. You can host this party right after your beloved pops the question, or you can plan it for a later time. The party can also be as formal or as easygoing as you’d like, depending on your personal preferences and the availability of the people closest to you.
3. Insure your engagement ring.
Now that you’ve got it, you’ll want to protect it. For peace of mind as you’re showing off that ring, get your bling insured for damages and loss. It’s as simple as adding your ring to your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy or working with an insurance company that specializes in jewelry.
4. Begin dreaming.
Set aside some time with your sweetheart to discuss your dreams for the big day. Bridal magazines, Pinterest and wedding photos are great springboards for a brainstorming session – as are some snacks and sips. This little sit-down will help the two of you lay the foundation for your celebration: what your ideal season is for tying the knot; whether it’ll be an indoor or outdoor ceremony (along with backup plans); and whether it’ll be a small, intimate celebration or the party of a lifetime with everyone you have ever met.
5. Hire or buy a planner.
If you’re thinking about hiring a wedding consultant, you’ll want to do this before making decisions regarding vendors and venues. Planners not only offer important insights, they also bring some great relationships to the table, which makes for an easier, breezier planning process. Or, if you’ll be handling the wedding yourself, buy a planner. This will help you get and stay organized by gathering all your dream ideas, important dates and must-have information in one place. If you’re looking for a month-by-month option, consider a timeline curated by The Knot or the lovely Lauren Conrad.
6. Set a date and save the date.
Begin with several options and date ranges, as this will be the question everyone asks after inquiring about your engagement story. You might choose a season or simply narrow down a handful of weekends that meet your criteria. Regardless of your approach, be sure to run your preferred options by your most important guests and potential venues before making a final decision.
7. Build your wedding budget.
Talk to your partner and family members who might be pitching in to pay for your wedding. Your budget will inform most decisions you make, so it’s important to nail that down early on.
8. Book a venue and top vendors.
Nothing’s worse than the venue of your dreams being booked and bookended, so be sure to make a decision quickly. Popular venues always fill up fast, especially in January after the holiday engagement season. The same goes for highly valued vendors, such as the caterer and florist.
9. Draft a guest list.
Once you have determined your budget and selected a venue, begin planning your guest list. The budget and venue will collectively dictate the size of the wedding you can have (and truly afford).
10. Select your wedding party.
This is important to do to ensure your nearest and dearest are able to take part – and perhaps lend a helping hand along the way!
The sooner you have these items checked off your list, the easier it’ll be for you to prepare the details surrounding your walk down the aisle.