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Engaged, Now What? The First 10 Things To Do As Soon As You're Engaged

Follow these tips as you navigate this new and exciting engagement period!
Julianna Gaytan

Congratulations! You just said "Yes!" to perhaps the most exciting question of your life! As you begin to transition from dating life to engagement, it is easy to get overwhelmed with where you should start with wedding planning, celebrating with loved ones and more.  Lucky for you, we have gathered a list of the top 10 things you should do to get the ball rolling.

1. Tell your loved ones! Family, friends, and anyone you want to be the first to know!

Okay, so this one might sound like a given, but telling the people you are closest to is an essential first step! Whether that's Facetiming your family and friends to show off your dazzling new ring, sending a cute picture, or an in-person visit (COVID permitting, of course), sharing your news with the people who will be by your side on the big day is bound to be met with bright smiles and eager attitudes.

2. Make it Instagram Official!

Take some pics to announce your big news on social media! Whether its a professional shot or a simple and sweet selfie, getting your engagement announcement on your favorite social media platform is a great way to document this special day and share the news with your Facebook friends/followers and exciting start to your engagement journey! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

3. Ensure You Ring!

This is a must! Guarantee the protection of your sparkly new rock by getting an insurance plan. Hopefully nothing will happen to it, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Talk to your jeweler about what options are available and safeguard your bling!

4. Engagement Party!

Now obviously we are not suggesting you gather in large groups during the pandemic.  If you are planning to have your big day during this time we suggest a themed Zoom call (dress up and turn your camera on, change your background, use filters, etc.), a socially-distanced drive through parade, or a Netflix watch party! If you are planning way ahead for your big day and COVID-19 allows it, an engagement party, bridal shower, and of course a Bachelor/ette party are fun ways to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with your bridal party and friends!

5. Plan ahead! Think about potential dates!

One of the first steps of the planning process is figuring out what kind of wedding you would like. From a sunny summer wedding in a garden to a snowy winter escape in the mountains, there are so many options to explore.  Finding the right date that works for both your families (and avoding any potential conflicts) is crucial to do ahead of time so you can plan around it. It's best to start early.

6. Look at finances and create a budget.

This is the hard part, but being realistic with yourself before you start shopping is the best way to guarantee you stick within your budget. Don't be alarmed though, you can still plan the wedding of your dreams without burning a hole in your wallet! Talk finances with your fiancé, parents and planner (if you have one) to find options that work with you. Make sure you save up too, that way you aren't surprised by any last minute costs as well.

7. Narrow down your invite list!

Maybe you want a small gathering of 50 or a huge extravaganza with 300 of your friends and family (post-COVID, obviously). See who you want by your side on your big day, and don't feel pressured or obligated to invite anyone in particular, especially if you're holding to a strict budget. Make sure to get your family's input if it matters to either of you (or if they'll be footing the bill). Once you've agreed on a rough guest count and budget, you can commit to a venue.

8. Research Venues

There are so many unique venues you can chose from, so start doing your research! When looking for a venue, make a list of questions that are important to ask. Questions like "What is the maximum capacity?" and "Are linens and silver wear provided?" are important when finding your location.  If a venue offers a tour, take it! If not, make sure all your questions can be answered online or by the phone.

9. Check in with yourself and your partner.

Wedding planning can be stressful, but it doesn't have to take a toll on you! Make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your fiancé.  Whether that means going on a date night, having a cozy night in, or a picnic outdoors, make sure your well-being is your first priority.

10. Enjoy every moment and take it all in.

Your engagement period is short and sweet, and soon you will be in matrimonial bliss! Make sure you are enjoying every second of this fun time! Take pictures, write in a journal, or keep a video diary of your journey.  Most importantly, live in the moment and soak it all up.

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