He asked…and you said YES! First 5 things to do when you get engaged!

Amber and Raff Proposal

December is the most popular month for engagements and there’s little wonder why that’s the case.  With the spirit of the holidays all around us, it’s no wonder grooms-to-be choose this joyous time to ask for forever.  So now that he’s proposed…and you’ve said YES!  Now what?  Here are our Top 10 Things to Do When Engaged:

1.  Enjoy the Moment.  From this point forward, time will fly.  It will be your wedding day soon enough and you want to be able to sit back and enjoy the present.  Spread the word to your family and friends and post the announcement on Facebook (to make it official, of course).  Before jumping into the planning, designing, coordinating, crafting, whirlwind that is wedding planning, be sure to enjoy this time with your fiance and bask in the glow of being engaged to your best friend as this moment will never be present again.

2. Get your Ring Insured.  As long as you have the proper documentation for the ring, it should be easy to add the ring to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.  If you don’t have the proper paperwork, just bring yourself and your ring to a local jeweler who offers appraisals.  Once appraised, bring all the paperwork to your insurance company to get a quote.  Be sure to read the fine print to make sure the plan covers all situations, including the loss of your ring, which is something that not all policies cover.  A great resource on this topic can be found at The Knot.

3. Pick a Season and Venue.  Some brides have a vision of when they want their wedding to take place and some need a specific venue to have a perfect day.  Whichever the case, start with the venue.  The venue will determine the date, season, and feel of your wedding, so start there.  Once the venue is booked and the date is confirmed, then you can move on to the other big elements of the wedding (decor, details, florals, etc.).

4. Create a Wedding Blog or Website.  Once you have the Where and When of your wedding, be sure to let all your guests know what the deal is.  The website should include information like where and when the wedding events will take place, how to get there, where to stay, and any local attractions that might be of interest to out-of-town guests. When you send out save the dates (up to 6-months before the wedding but can be earlier or later, depending on how difficult it is to get to the wedding location) be sure to include the website or blog address so your guests can refer to the website with any questions they may have.  This will save you from some, not all, phone calls from family and friends asking the same questions. You can find free templates from Wedding Jojo and Wedding Wire.

5.  Hire a Wedding Planner.  As you start to visualize your wedding, be sure to gather images — Pinterest is a great resource!– and objects that speak to you and your love story.  That way, you can bring your vision (with examples) to professionals who have the skills, knowledge, and resources to create an environment that is perfectly you.  Although some brides brave the planning experience alone, with the help of friends and family, busy career-driven, out-of-town and generally overwhelmed couples will need assistance getting the details together.  This is where Wedding Planners will save you time, money, and a ton of stress!  Planners will help guide you in the right direction in terms of venues, vendors, and decor options that will fit in with your style, budget, and vision.  When choosing a planner, it’s really important to feel a connection with their team.  A planner helps to translate your vision on your wedding day so make sure you all speak the same language!  To learn more about what a Wedding Planner does, check out The Every Last Detail!

So grab a glass (or bottle!) of champagne, take a seat with your husband-to-be and take it one step at a time!

Cheers!

Kate

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