He popped the question; you said yes… Woohoo, you’re engaged! Now what?!
Pop some bubbly
First of all, celebrate! Be excited about this huge new exciting step you’re taking with your love. Marvel at that beautiful ring, squeal a little, and smile a lot!
Call your parents
Once you give yourself some time to be excited and overwhelmed, it’s time to call your folks! They should be the first to hear the big news, and be sure to give them a ring rather than a text.
Call your friends
Before you go posting ring selfies on social media, you need to call your besties! They’ll be so excited to get that call. Be sure that you’ve called everyone you’re close to before posting on social media, so no one feels forgotten!
Get a manicure
You’re about to spend quite some time showing off your ring, taking pictures with your ring, and looking at your ring! Make your hands picture-perfect and as gaze-worthy as that beautiful ring.
Get your ring sized, appraised, and insured
Perhaps the most important, yet most overlooked, post-engagement task is taking care of your ring. Your ring is probably very valuable, both financially and personally, so you should take care of this step as soon as possible. You don’t want to end up with your ring falling off or getting lost or damaged! Make sure your ring is sized properly, then get it appraised and insured in case anything happens to it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Read here for more information on how to insure your engagement ring.
Perfect your proposal story
The number one thing people are going to ask you once they see your ring? How did he pop the question?! You’ll be telling your proposal story many, many times, so try to work out what you’re going to say and how you’re going to tell the story!
Prepare what to tell people about your wedding plans
The number two thing people are going to ask once they see your ring? When’s the big day?! It seems like a silly question if you quite literally just got engaged, but that won’t stop people from asking. After the initial excitement of your new engagement wears off, begin to discuss a general season or month to aim for. You can always change your plans later, but it’ll help hold people over for now!
Plan your engagement photos
Contact a photographer and begin to plan your engagement photos! Engagement photos are the perfect way to remember your engagement. This is a very big and special time for you both–make sure to document it!
Plan your engagement party
An engagement party is the most fun way to celebrate your engagement! Get your families and friends together to celebrate your love and kick off the beginning of the next part of your lives. Make it an intimate gathering or a big celebration–it’s completely up to you!
Start discussing wedding dreams with your fiancé
Start discussing big picture wedding goals and visions with your sweetie–no details yet! It’s important to have a general idea of what you both want from your wedding before you get into the nitty-gritty of it all.
Set a budget and start saving
The next step in the process is to set a budget for your wedding. This is perhaps the most important part of your wedding planning process. From there, you can begin to figure out how many guests you can accommodate and what kind of venues and vendors you can afford. Most importantly, start saving!
“Research” seems so boring, but when it’s for your wedding it can be so fun! Create a private Pinterest board to begin visualizing your wedding goals. Think about color schemes, research venues, and begin to look around at vendors. Just start to get a feel for what’s out there and what you may want to look into!
Complete a prenuptial agreement
Prenuptial agreements are marriage contracts that set out how your finances will be resolved if you and your partner get divorced. Although prenups are usually sought when one of the partners has substantial wealth prior to the marriage and seeks to protect that wealth in the event of the marriage failing, prenups are becoming a lot more commonplace nowadays. Of course, no one wants to think too much about the possibility of needing to get a divorce, but there is no denying that getting a prenup can make the divorce process much easier. In order to ensure that your prenup is valid, there are a number of safeguards that must be met. You can learn more about these safeguards by contacting a Los Angeles prenup lawyer, or a family law expert in your area.
Think about your wedding party
Another big question from everyone is going to be: Who are your bridesmaids?! You and your fiancé should begin thinking about your bridesmaids and groomsmen early on in your engagement. Take some time to think it over before announcing anything. Check out our top tips for narrowing down your wedding party!
Think about your guest list
The next step is to start mulling over who you’re going to invite to your wedding. Talk to your families to see which family members they’re expecting will be invited. Consider your budget in deciding how many people you can invite. Start to get an idea of your guest list before you get into the specifics!
Start shopping for wedding dresses
Okay, this is probably the most fun part: Shop for your wedding dress! Consider making it a girls’ day out with your mom, future mother-in-law, and besties. Start checking out local bridal stores, trying some dresses on, and getting some options in mind. Shopping around, narrowing down the options, and starting the alteration process will take a good amount of time, so start early!
Hire a wedding planner
Now for the most important part of your wedding planning process: Hire a wedding planner! Whether you need lots of help, just a little, or simply month-of coordination, a wedding planner will save you loads of time and stress. That way, you can focus on what’s really important! Check out Uptown’s wedding services to see how we can help you out.
Remember to enjoy it!
At the end of the day, remember to relax and spend some quality time with your fiancé! Plan at least one day a week to rest, take your mind off of wedding planning, and focus on your love. Your relationship has just made a huge leap forward–take some time to enjoy it and get even closer to your sweetie!