With the festive season comes an influx of new engagements. After you come back down to earth, you may find yourself wondering: “What happens next?” Thankfully, continuing your newfound bridal euphoria continues as you set to task, ticking those things off your ‘just engaged’ to do list. Not sure where to start? Don’t panic! We’re here to ensure you complete the job at-hand, thanks to this list of things to do as soon as you get engaged.
1. Spread the news
Before you begin sharing photos on Instagram or Facebook, there are a select group of people who would prefer to hear your news from you, rather than seeing it on a screen. Whether it’s your parents, siblings or close friends, consider who would prefer to hear your news in person rather than via a social media status update.
2. Book a manicure
Although it definitely isn’t necessary, many like to kick start their engagement by having a manicure. With all eyes on you – not to mention that ring – treating yourself to a manicure will keep your hands and nails in tip-top condition, perfect for ensuring your new bling is showcased to perfection.
3. Celebrate in style
Start the next chapter in your lives together by marking the occasion. Whether it’s a romantic hotel break with your fiancé, a family meal or a big engagement party, celebrate your engagement in a way that suits your style.
4. Book an engagement shoot
A popular way to mark your engagement is by booking an engagement shoot. Before the chaos of wedding planning begins, this can be a lovely way to celebrate your love, with a beautiful set of prints that you can cherish together. Plus, it allows you to get a little practice in ahead of those all-important wedding photos. To make it extra special, choose a location with sentimental value to you both.
5. Get your ring insured
A task that’s easy to neglect, but important none-the-less, getting your new ring insured will offer you peace of mind should anything unforeseen happen to it. Thankfully, adding your engagement ring to your home insurance policy is pretty easy and cheap.
6. Get your ring resized
And on that subject, if your other-half surprised you by choosing the ring himself, and it doesn’t fit you perfectly, have it resized by a professional jeweller to avoid the risk of it slipping off.
7. Enjoy it!
There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is a pretty big deal, and therefore it comes with its own stresses. Therefore, before you get stuck in, allow yourself a few weeks off to enjoy your new engagement and enjoy it before the work begins.
8. Decide on a date
When you do begin planning, kick things off by looking at suitable dates. Remember, the most popular wedding venues often book up years in advance, so if you’re considering getting married in the next year or two, choose a few dates that work for you and your family so that you have options.
9. Get inspired
Deciding on what type of wedding day you want requires a little research, which thankfully, is a lot more fun than it suits. In the modern age of technology, there are a wealth of wedding planning apps at your fingertips. Plus, Pinterest and Instagram will offer you a wealth of #inspo. Finally, check out a few local wedding fairs. These are a great way to get the scope on a range of suppliers, in one handy place. We’ve highlighted some wedding suppliers you need to know about from Belfast and from Co. Down in recent blog articles to get you started. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with lots more wedding supplier ideas.
10. Money talks
While it’s probably the least romantic part of wedding planning, it’s definitely the most important. Before you book a thing, decide on a budget and what you can spend on each element. Finally, stick to it so that you save yourself much heartache in the long run.
11. Choose your bride squad
A definite highlight of wedding planning, is getting to spend plenty of time with those closest to you, especially your bride squad. Choose your bridesmaids and ask them to be by your side in the lead up to the wedding and on the big day itself.
12. Revel in it!
Make sure you continue to revel in your engagement and soak up the romance of it all. There’s no denying that planning a wedding can be a stressful experience so don’t lose sight of why you’re doing it. Schedule date nights once a week and make it a wedding-talk free zone.