10 essential things to do after getting engaged
17 Feb 2014
Just engaged? 10 essential things to do after getting engaged
You will remember it for the rest of your life: the gorgeous view, a couple of glasses of fizz and, before you know it, he’s down on one knee. Now there’s something ever-so sparkly on your finger gleaming from every angle. That’s right: you’re engaged.
Congratulations are in order. But what happens next? Are there rules of conduct that all brides-to-be should follow? Is there a set list of tasks that everyone should complete in order?
Aside from the usual wedding to do list (for which our handy to do list checker should come in handy), there’s also going to be a range of vital tasks you’re going to want to complete in the immediate aftermath of the happy moment. We’ve formulated our must-have post-engagement wedding guide to ensure you’ve got all the essentials covered.
1. Tell your parents!
First thing’s first: tell your parents. Springing the life-changing news via Facebook is something your parents will possibly never forgive you for, so before you update your relationship status or pop around that group email, it’s definitely essential to give them a call. Or better still, head round with a bottle of champagne at the ready.
2. Get a manicure
You’ve told your parents, and various other loved ones, now what? Those hands are going to be coming under some scrutiny – or at least one in particular - so a manicure is well and truly in order. It’s also a nice excuse for a personal pamper!
3. Ring refit?
We love midi rings as much as the next fashionista, but for a timeless piece such as your engagement ring it’s something of a no-no. An ill-fitting engagement ring is far more common than you think – the question is not exactly one your other half can ask without arousing much suspicion – and so it’s worth clarifying that your engagement ring fits comfortably and correctly in the first few days.
A gleaming piece like that needs protection! Get your ring insured as soon as the dust settles. Months down the line, you’ll be too caught up in wedding preparations and you don’t want to forget before it’s too late.
5. Brush up on your storytelling
What’s the one question you’re going to be asked over and over? “How did he/you propose?”
You want everyone to know how special the occasion was, but a lacklustre version of events isn’t going to sell it enough. Whether it was overlooking Paris at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or at your favourite little Italian ristorante down the road, perfect your proposal story!
6. The big bad budget
If you find yourself waking up in a cold sweat at the thought of all the organisation at hand, chances are you’ll need to get your wedding budget in order. Fortunately here on WeddingSite we have a great budget tool on the site that lets you track exactly what you’re spending, down to the smallest pennies. Costs are going to quickly mount up, and it’s essential you keep track of this as soon as possible.
7. Get inspired
Spend your lazy Sunday mornings grabbing inspiration from bride magazines and surfing the net. Many a potential bride used to love making mood boards and now, thanks to Pinterest, you can create the ultimate wedding inspiration station without the cutting and sticking.
8. Start planning
The obvious one, but perhaps also the hardest one to start: it’s time to start planning your big day. Whilst most of us have contemplated our wedding day on some level, whether you were a pillow case bride of 9 years or a recent convert, nothing will prepare you for the effort of planning your own big day. Luckily, there is always a helping hand in the form of your family, and lest you forget, WeddingSite is also there every step of the way.
9. Don’t be scared to ask for help!
Whilst we can’t think of anything better than our very own To Do List planner if you want to keep everything ship-shape until the very end, you may also find your mother to be the perfect party planner. Not only is she highly organised but she knows you inside and out. If you’re anything like us, your friends will also have individual strengths perfect for the whirlwind world of weddings. This is the perfect time to exploit without guilt!
10. Enjoy yourself
Lastly, enjoy yourself. The early days of planning your wedding can often be stressful, but it’s also worth taking a step back and realising how lucky you are. Weddings can make even the most pessimistic of people forget their troubles, so make sure you make the most out of this magical time.