Your Engaged!!! Congrats!!! But the big question is now what????
Wedding planning is supposed to be the best right? But it can also be an extremely stressful process.
Trust me I've been engaged a little less than a month and the first few weeks after the engagement I was a big ball of stress. So here's my tips on what to do after you get engaged.
Tell your family and friends, and take a moment with your newly minted fiancé! You'll get caught up in wedding planning soon, so savor this time before you let the stress get the best of you.
2. INSURE YOUR RING
Make sure you talk to an insurance agent about coverage in case your ring or its stones ever need to be repaired or replaced. First, get an appraisal by a certified independent gemologist; most jewelers will provide this service upon purchase and make sure you understand all the terms of the policy. Find out whether you are covered if the ring is lost, stolen, or damaged, what stipulations there are, if any, and how long the claims process takes. You might be able to add a jewelry rider to your existing homeowner's or renter's policy; if not, set up a separate policy. In my case Nate (my lovely fiance) took care of this right away.
3. SET A BUDGET
Prior to making any wedding decisions, you need to figure out what you have to spend and whether your families will contribute. Make sure you and your fiancé are in agreement about your priorities before talking to your parents about budget and logistics. Also REMEMBER this is ONE DAY and while yes it is meant to be special there are ways to make it special without breaking the bank.
4. MAKE A WEDDING EMAIL
This is my top recommendation To do before you start your wedding planning.
Once you start planning and emailing places it's easy for everything to get lost in your email. So to keep everything in one place just make a little gmail for your all your wedding stuff.
5. DRAFT THE GUEST LIST
Once the budget is set, figure out who you're going to invite to your wedding. If deciding who's coming (and who isn't) threatens to either bankrupt you or start a war with your families, scale back.
6. THINK ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE
Envision the type of wedding you both want—maybe it's the event of your childhood dreams or one that reflects your current tastes. Even if you are set on a formal event in a ballroom, considering other possibilities. The same holds true for selecting the time of day and mood of the wedding.
7. PICK THE VENUE
Now that you have your budget and guest list settled, it's time to pick your wedding venue. Where you wed can dictate a lot about the wedding—from the date to the dress code. The key is to look far and wide, and to follow the advice that's typically given for the wedding-dress hunt: "Try on" different options, not only the one you think you want. You never know what you'll end up liking the most. Also I recommend making an excel sheet with prices, address of the venue, what day's they have available, etc.
8. DISCUSS A DATE
Once the word is out, expect lots of questions, including "When are you getting married?" Reveal a date if you have one, or let curious friends know plans are in the works—as they should be, especially if you want to hold your wedding at a popular time of year, such as June or over a holiday. Locations, photographers, caterers, and other professionals book up early, sometimes a year in advance. Also make sure that your venue you love best has your date available. If you have always dreamed of a specific date just make sure you know that the date can really depend on the venue. This is why you should pick a venue before a date.
9. SHARE YOUR PLANS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
As you start booking things, you’ll definitely want to keep your family and close friends in the loop. You don’t want to pick a date that doesn’t work for one of the most important people in your life but you also don’t want to be living on other people’s agendas, so keep this circle small-ish. If you want a big wedding, it might be best to do something more off-season so you know more people will be able to attend!
10. GO DRESS SHOPPING
Ahhhh!! Dresses take a LONG TIME to make and alter. Even if you have a year-long engagement, I definitely wouldn’t wait too long to pick your dress! So get on Pinterest and print out the styles that you love best to take to the dress shop.