The day of your engagement is a whirlwind of emotions! If you’re anything like me, you had NO IDEA it was coming, so it’s important to be prepared before it happens. If you missed out on our proposal, go check it out here. There are a number of important things that you should do after your proposal, so we will help you out with our list of what to do when you get engaged.
What to Do the Day You Get Engaged
1. Take LOTS of pictures! This is a special day that you will want to cherish for years to come. Make sure you have someone to take pictures of you and your new fiancé crazy in love. Trust me, your emotions will be running so high that you won’t be able to fully process what is happening until days later. These sweet pictures will hold a special place in your heart!
2. Call or video chat family members and your best friends to tell them the awesome news. Make sure you do this BEFORE you post anything on Snapchat or any social media. There’s nothing worse than finding out from social media that someone important in your life got engaged. Take the time to call everyone to let them know, even if it takes a day or so. They will appreciate it.
3. Get your ring insured. I don’t know about you, but getting my ring insured didn’t even cross my mind! Luckily, my amazing fiancé did his research and knew this was an important step. This will keep your ring protected in case something would happen to it.
4. Take some deep breaths and cuddle with your fiancé. This was something that we didn’t get a ton of time to do since my family was staying with us, we were in the mountains, and I was graduating that next afternoon. That day was completely chaotic, but it was so important that we took a few minutes to ourselves to hold each other and be in love. Take the time to celebrate this humongous step together!
What to Do the Week You Get Engaged
1. Get your ring resized. Unless you tried the ring on personally in the store, the ring probably won’t fit perfectly. I was actually a full ring size smaller than we thought I was because I didn’t know how rings were supposed to fit. You want your ring to be snug enough that you can’t just pull it off. You should have to wiggle it around some in order to get it off. Take it back to the store where your fiancé got it and have them resize it for you. Resizing my ring was free.
2. Start to talk to your fiancé about what you’re thinking for the wedding. People will start asking within HOURS of being engaged if you’ve set a date yet. You don’t have to plan your entire wedding, but try to figure out what your fiancé’s idea of his dream wedding is so you can work it into your vision.
3. I’m sure you’ve already started a wedding board on Pinterest, but I would suggest creating a new one that combines your ideas and your fiancé’s ideas into one. This makes it really easy to involve your mom, future mother in law, and anyone else you want to help you make decisions about your wedding. You can ask my favorite girls, I am constantly sending them to my Pinterest board to see what dresses I’m thinking, wedding decorations to keep an eye out for, and cute picture ideas.
If you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an awesome way to save all of your ideas in one easy place. It’s basically like clipping pictures out of a magazine, but it’s an online scrapbook of sorts. You can save all of your ideas for your wedding in one place AND you can set it up so other people can see it or even contribute ideas to it. I got my best friend hooked on it now too.
What to Do the Month You Get Engaged
1. Figure out the broad details of your wedding. Here are some questions that will help you figure them out.
- What time of year do you want to get married?
- How soon do you want to get married?
- Where do you want to get married?
- How many people do you want in your wedding party?
- How many people do you want at your wedding?
- What style of wedding do you want? Laid back? Party wedding?
- What type of venue do you want your wedding at? A church? The beach? In a barn?
- How much money do you want to spend on a wedding?
- What type of food and drinks do you want at the wedding?
- Who do you know in the wedding industry that would want to help you?
All of these questions (and the many more that will arise as you start to answer these) will help you gain a sense of direction for the wedding. If you want a wedding in the next 3 months, then you probably won’t have as many options as if you are waiting a year or two. Talk this over with your fiancé so you can start planning a timeline of events. It takes usually around 9 months to order a dress and get it in store. Keep that in mind so you aren’t waiting until the last minute.
2. Think about who you want in the wedding. This can be one of the hardest or easiest parts of the wedding process. One of my friends told me to think about who would still be my friend 10 years from now. If I still see them in my life 10 years from now, then they would be a good choice to have by my side on my wedding day. You don’t have to ask them yet, but start thinking about who you imagine by your side on that special day.
3. Start saving money. Analyze your finances and figure out ways you and your fiancé can pay for a wedding. See if your parents, grandparents, etc. are going to chip in any money and see how much you have saved away. This is a good opportunity for you and your fiancé to learn more about each other’s financial situation (if you haven’t already) and set goals together as a team. If you know anyone who has any special skills that may want to help you out or trade their services for a wedding gift, reach out to them. Make sure you do something extra special for any friend or family member who chips in!
There you go! Now you know what to do when you get engaged. Make sure you save this somewhere safe so you don’t forget to call someone or insure you ring. If you want some other ideas on ways to save money for the wedding, check out these money saving apps we use to save money on a daily basis! Keep an eye out on our blog for some of our ways to save money on decorations, bridesmaids dresses, and more to help you have your wedding on a budget.
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