You’re engaged, yay! Congratulations beautiful! The moment you’ve been anticipating is FINALLY here. Your engagement is one of the most important and exciting times in your life, and you deserve to celebrate and embrace the moment! You are marrying your soulmate and once the initial excitement wears off, you can start planning your big day (or at least thinking about it). We know it can feel like a lot at once, which is why we made a guide on the next steps! In this blog, we will talk about the first seven things to do after getting engaged:
Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate & Share the News
The first step after getting engaged is obvious. You have to celebrate! Pop some champagne and have some drinks with your honey, or celebrate with your favorite food at your favorite place! Whether it was a public or private proposal, spend this time living in the moment and genuinely celebrating your engagement. You just hit a significant milestone in your relationship and said yes to spending the rest of forever with the love of your life. Getting engaged deserves a celebration!
You may not have everyone there at that moment, so take the time to call or video chat with all of your loved ones and tell them YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED! Share this moment with the world (especially the most important people in your life). After you tell everyone about getting engaged, you can post those engagement pictures. If you didn’t have engagement pictures taken, post a selfie of you and your, now, fiance (I bet that sounds surreal to say!) and that gorgeous ring.
Get that Ring Insured and Sized!
If your fiance proposed with a ring, this is probably one of the most expensive jewelry pieces you are ever going to own. You don’t want anything happening to it, and if it does, you want to make sure you have a backup plan. Just like you would on a phone or another big purchase, you want to make sure you get that ring insured! Small jewelry is easy to lose, and ring insurance protects you from any financial repercussions if this happens. Another thing to think about is having your ring sized. You have this beautiful ring now, and you want it to be the right size so you can wear it and show it off. The proper size will also prevent it from falling off your finger and getting lost.
Set your Target Budget
Setting a target budget is an essential part of planning all the other elements of the wedding. You want to do this early on, so you know where you can spend money and which things hold priority over others. Setting a budget will prevent issues later on in the planning process. During the research phase, you can calculate how each item is going to affect your budget. No matter how much money you plan on spending, this step is essential not to get ahead of yourself.
Pick a Date
Is there a particular date that is important to either one of you? Maybe you want to get married on your dating anniversary, or you’ve always dreamt of getting married on a crisp fall morning. Whatever it may be, picking a date can be a meaningful and vital part of the planning process! Picking a date after getting engaged is an essential part of the planning process, to research venues with openings for that date, and even figure out a timeline of when everything needs to be done.
Start Drafting your Guest List
After figuring out a budget, you know how many people you can have at the wedding. You want to make sure you have all of the most important people in your lives there to celebrate the day and the love you two share. This step can even help you decide who you each want on your side as bridesmaids, maid of honor, groomsmen, and best man. These people are essential when celebrating the big day and you want to have some of your best friends and closest family up there next to you when you say “I do”. When you are drafting a guest list, some starting places are immediate family, extended family, friends, coworkers, etc. Then you can decide if you have room in the budget to include plus ones. Figuring out this step will help you decide which venues, caterers, etc., are worth researching.
Get Organized and Start Researching
One essential part of getting organized to plan your wedding is getting a planner! There are so many that you can get, where you can insert checklists, write down critical information, track your budget, and put your wedding research. If you aren’t normally organized, you should reconsider after getting engaged. Researching early on is going to make the process flow as smooth as possible down the road. Some things to look at are potential venues, caterers, photographers, entertainment, etc. You can even start scheduling some catering tastings or venue tours! This is such a fun part of wedding research. It doesn’t have to all be done from behind a computer or phone. Scheduling tastings and tours can help you bring those portions of the wedding day to life.
Find your Dream Dress
OUR FAVORITE PART! Finding the dream dress is a part of wedding planning that makes things feel so much more real. Putting your look together and imagining the moment you walk down the aisle to your fiance is something special. At Sophia’s, we believe that every bride should have their own unique experience. We want our brides to feel safe and comfortable, and we strive to make it the best experience possible.
After getting engaged, it can feel like there is so much to do with little direction. Although this isn’t the only way to do things, this guide is a good starting point. Each person’s story is different, and that’s what is so beautiful about the process. You’ve created your unique love story, and now you are creating your own unique wedding experience. Use this guide as a starting point after getting engaged. When you get to step 7, be sure to come and see us! All you have to do is click the link to book an appointment. We can’t wait to see you!