You’re engaged! Congratulations on this very happy occasion – it’s such an exciting time, but it can also be stressful as you deal with question after question from friends and family. Have you set a date? How many people will you have? Are you going to invite such-and-such from down the road? Today we’re sharing our top 5 things to do after getting engaged to help you deal with such questions and prepare for your big day!
Tell your nearest and dearest
First things first, you will need to announce your engagement. It’s important to tell your family and closest friends first, before announcing it all over social media! If you’ve gotten engaged abroad and can’t wait til you get home to break the news to everyone, call your parents first before instagramming a photo of your ring, no matter how gorgeous it is. It would be a pity for your mum to hear from someone else that you are getting married before you’ve had the chance to tell her yourself! If you can wait, gather your family together and tell them all in person – it will be a lovely celebration.
2. Get your ring sized and insured
Unless your significant other managed to pilfer one of your rings without your noticing to get an exact size, chances are your new engagement ring won’t fit perfectly. You’ll want to ensure such a valuable and sentimental piece of jewellery doesn’t slip off your finger, so have it sized by a reputable jeweller. You should also have it insured just in case it gets lost or stolen.
3. Get on the same page
Chances are you and your fiance have already spoken about the type of wedding you want – religious or civil ceremony, size, location, style – if you haven’t, now is the time to start talking. This is so important to do before all the questions from friends and relatives start, and will help you to avoid potential conflict with your other half. If you plan to wait a while before setting a date, or have chosen to elope, get your stories straight before you tell your families so that both of you know exactly what to say.
4. Decide on your budget
This can be a big source of stress for couples. You may have been dreaming of a blowout white wedding, while your fiance would prefer something small and intimate. Decide what kind and size of wedding you want and set a realistic budget, taking into account what savings you have for it, what you’ll need to put aside, if you’ll need a loan or if you’re going to ask family to help out.
5. Enjoy the moment!
Finally, take this time to enjoy your new status as an engaged couple! Plan an engagement party, have fun brainstorming about your dream wedding and enjoy talking to friends about the big day. Wedding planning can be a stressful time and can be costly, so ensure you take some time to enjoy each other before you dive into the logistics of planning the big day.