Even though it’s wedding season, I’m seeing more engagements happening right now, so today’s post is for all of you who are recently engaged. These are the 5 things you should do once he pops the question and you say, “YES!”
- Announce it. Let everyone know about your engagement, but tell your parents, siblings, and grandparents first! Then, tell your closest friends. The best option is to tell them face-to-face, but distance and other circumstances may not allow this. In this case, at least pick up the phone to call them as opposed to typing a text. Try to avoid anyone close to you thinking, “I had to find out about her engagement on Facebook?!” After you’ve told those closest to you, you can make an announcement on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. You may want to consider throwing an engagement party.
- Get your ring sized and insured. You’re going to be showing it off to everyone, so you don’t want to lose it! Getting your ring sized can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. After it’s sized correctly, call your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to add your ring to your policy. Your insurance broker may say you need to have an official appraisal before adding it, but call and ask first.
- Discuss a date. Send out Save the Dates so your friends and family know that they need to set aside a particular date to celebrate with you. Be prepared for everyone to ask when the big day is right after they ask for your proposal story. Having a date set will pre-empt some headaches.
- Nail down a guest list number. Many venues need a headcount to see if they can accommodate you, and most packages are priced based on guest minimums…which leads to the next step…
- Create a budget. Who is paying for the wedding: you, your parents, or your fiance? Decide, then set a reasonable budget, and stick to it. This way you know what you can – and cannot – afford.
BONUS: Enjoy the moment. Take some time to enjoy this time and the happiness it brings. Don’t jump straight into planning. Just enjoy the moment. Be sure to take at least one night off each week for a date night, and there is to be NO WEDDING TALK.