Congratulations! You’re Engaged! … Now What?
You’ve always dreamt of this moment – saying “yes” to the one you love. Your ring finger is sparkling and you’re giddy with excitement, but what’s next? Let’s walk through some of the things you’ll want to do now that you’re engaged!
1. Visit your closest family & friends
Don’t let that shiny new ring blind your judgement, make sure you announce your engagement and show off that ring to your loved ones before posting on social media. This might be a no-brainer, but your immediate family and closest friends shouldn’t have to find out through Facebook that you’re engaged. At the very least, you should call or send a text to tell those you’re closest with about this major milestone. Taking a ring selfie and proclaiming your love for your new fiancé on social media can be so tempting, but give it time – your parents, siblings, grandparents, best friends, and other loves should know before your Facebook friends. Take the time to soak up your engagement (& drink some bubbly!) with your loved ones before announcing it to the world.
Time to round up your people for an engagement celebration! This can be as informal or formal as you’d like it to be, but you’re engaged…you deserve to celebrate! There’s no right or wrong way to have an engagement “party”; some will disagree, but just do what feels right to you as a couple – it doesn’t have to be extravagant… meet everyone for brunch or at a bar for drinks, the point is to show off your ring, tell your engagement story, and share your excitement with those who love and support you.
3. Get that pretty ring appraised and insured
Sigh, no matter how much the word insurance makes you cringe, this is a step that you aren’t going to want to skip. That ring might just be one of the most expensive things that you own and you need to make sure that it’s covered. Nobody is immune to material damage or loss, so don’t take the risk! Take the time to protect that beauty – you might even be surprised, sometimes it’s as easy as extending your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance. Do the research, it’s worth it!
4. Talk money
Ugh, I know. This part isn’t fun, but it’s one of the first things you need to discuss when starting the wedding planning process. Who is contributing to your big day? How much are they contributing? How much are you willing to spend? These answers will help you determine your next steps. Who knows, maybe it will help you decide between a local or destination wedding!
5. Make a tentative guest list
“Tentative” is the key word here – this guest list doesn’t have to be your final version; you simply need to figure out an estimated number of guests that will be invited to your wedding. It can be confusing to figure out what comes first when planning a wedding… the venue, the date, the guest list, the bridal party, who knows?! If you can decide on an estimated number of guests, the following steps will be easier.
Congratulations! You’re Engaged! … Now What?, Part Two: Coming Tomorrow!