So I hear you just got engaged, Congratulations! Now there are endless lists, suggestions and tips online as to what every newly engaged couple has to do, and every single thing seems like its the most important and has to be done basically as soon as the ring is on your finger! Not to worry, you do indeed have time to think about and organize one of the most important days of your life. We've come up with 5 things that are definitely top priority once you've said yes!
You're engaged! Now what?
1. Celebrate! Celebrate!
This may seem a little obvious yes however, a lot of couples tend to go right into the planning of their wedding and forget about this big moment in their lives. Now some couples choose to keep this a secret to enjoy the little moments with their fiance before telling everyone and anyone about your engagement. The first people that are a must tell are your parents/family, preferably in person since they will probably have the best reaction and it has a lot more meaning to them! After that go wild and crazy telling friends because they have definitely been waiting for you to tell them this news. Once you have covered all your must-tell people on your lives, don't hesitate to post a picture on social media after, we all want to see that ring, well and of course how they proposed.
2. Ring Insurance
Not the most thrilling part of an engagement, understandably, but very necessary! Having your ring appraised is crucial when adding it as a "ring rider" to you homeowners/renters insurance and policy will give you coverage in case anything happens to your now most prized possession. The Knot & Jewelers Mutual has a great article about how the whole process and why its necessary, Click Here!
3. Determine Top 2 Wedding Priorities
This is something that you and your fiance should talk about and agree on early in the wedding planning process. Something that you both will not compromise on weather that is budget for the overall wedding, location and even guest count. Setting these decisions will save time and concerns when concentrating on other factors that you and your fiance can compromise on through out such as food (buffet/sit down), florals, photographer etc.
4. Start Thinking About a Theme/Aesthetic
Here is where Pinterest/Instagram/Wedding Blogs becomes your new best friend. This is where you get a chance to see all types of weddings, gain inspiration, and start envisioning the experience you want your guests to have while celebrating your day. Some of the main components to focus on are the color scheme, types of florals, indoor/outdoor ceremony, table settings, weddings favors, the list goes on! Once you've secured the theme and ambiance, try and stick with that throughout and narrow your search for ideas because adding too many elements could become chaotic.
5. Interview Planners/ Vendors
Now you don't need to make this decision right away but if you are thinking about minimizing your stress load, organizing appointments and maintaining a budget then interviewing a planner that has experience, an eye for details and a team of people might be something to look into. Since planners and vendors tend to have a certain number of clients they take on a year its best to start doing research, finding out what they can offer and if they have the date of your wedding available. If you are not really interested in hiring a planner, totally okay, vendors will definitely give you enough to do/think about and could potentially be cheaper since you are doing all of the organizing and communicating yourself.