You’re Engaged…Now What?
There’s something about the holidays that makes us want to celebrate love. It’s easy to understand why so many couples become engaged during this time of year. Twinkling lights, cozy nights by the fire, and quality time with family and friends…tis the season to pop the question!
After presents are unwrapped, champagne is poured, and that gorgeous ring is on your finger, what do you do next? Once the initial shock and happiness wears off, it can be difficult to know what your next steps should be as an engaged couple. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are several things you should do after saying, “Yes!”
Share the News
This one’s easy! You’re head-over-heels for your man, and he just asked you to be his forever date. Of course, you want to tell everyone! But before you go posting about your engagement on Facebook, reach out to close friends and family. They’ll appreciate the personal touch of an in-person visit, phone call, or text message, and no one’s feelings will be hurt because they found out through social media instead.
When sharing your engagement on Facebook, take time to consider how you want to announce the news. Be creative! Share photos from the proposal, take a “ring selfie,” or include an inside joke in your caption. Whatever best reflects the two of you as a couple!
Size Your Ring & Get it Insured
Now that you have it, it’s time to take care of that beautiful rock! Chances are your engagement ring won’t fit perfectly at first, and that’s okay. Take it to the jeweler for resizing so you won’t have to worry about it squeezing your finger or slipping off. They should be able to resize it for you within a couple of days. Some places can even get it done the same day!
You’ll also want to have your ring insured in case it gets lost or damaged. We’re knocking on all the wood to make sure this doesn’t happen, but it’s best to be safe, especially with a piece of jewelry you’ll wear all your life. You can usually purchase ring insurance as an add-on to your existing homeowner’s or renter’s policy. It may sound boring, but trust us, you’ll feel much better knowing your ring, and the sentimental value it holds, is protected for years to come!
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Choose a Wedding Date
By far, the most common question newly-engaged couples are asked is, “So, when’s the wedding?” Having an answer prepared will not only help you avoid the awkward pause + shoulder shrug, but it’s also quite practical. Choosing a date, or at least a time of year, will give the two of you something to work towards and provide a clearer direction for planning. It’s absolutely fine to respond to this question by saying, “We’re shooting for next fall,” or “We like the idea of a springtime wedding. We’re looking at spring of 2019.”
Set Expectations & Get Organized
When you’re newly engaged, it’s easy to fall into a Pinterest rabbit hole and daydream of extravagant gowns and elaborate decor without any real direction. To avoid this, it’s important to have a conversation with your partner to set expectations early on. Discuss budget, the size and type of wedding you want, and start drafting a rough version of your guest list. You should have your budget and guest list nailed down before you book a venue.
Once you have a general idea of what’s possible from a budget standpoint as well as personal preference, Pinterest away! We also recommend creating a wedding binder to hold all your important wedding-planning documents. There are plenty of beautiful templates online that you can print out and use to stay organized while still looking adorable!
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Amidst all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to sit back and enjoy being engaged every now and then! It’s a very exciting time of your life, and it will be gone before you know it, so enjoy one another and celebrate with family and friends!
Do you have any tips for newly-engaged couples we didn’t share? Share them in the comments below!