The waiting is over, and now you’re engaged. You’ve called all your family and friends and everyone has congratulated you. You sit there with your morning coffee, staring at your new ring shining on the once bare finger, and you think…”now what?”
So once you are engaged, how do you start planning, what do you do first?
1. Select your timing
After the big news has been told to everyone, soon family and friends are going to start asking when the date is, so do that first. First think about timing. Choosing a date out of the blue is hard if you don’t have any idea when you want it. Think about how long you want your engagement to last, if there are certain holidays you need to work around for family members, or a certain season you had in mind. Picking your timing will make it easier to start planning everything else around it.
2. Insure your ring
It may sound ridiculous, because how could you ever let something happen to the new piece of jewelry that inhabits your ring finger, right? Regardless, anything is possible and there is no harm in getting it insured. Besides, who wants to get engaged and then have the ring lost, stolen or broken? What are you supposed to show off when everyone asks to see it? So take the time to get that covered, you’ll feel a lot better and less paranoid.
3. Set your budget
How else are you supposed to start planning or select a venue if you don’t know how much money you have to spend? Figure out your budget and lay out how much money you are allowed to spend on certain things. Giving yourself boundaries and specific numbers to work with will make it easier when choosing between things that are on the more expensive side.
4. Take a crack at the guest list
Try and remember that this guest list isn’t set in stone, just something to play around with and mull over. If you start your guest list early it will be easier to add or take people off of it. Talk it over with your fiancé and make sure you add the “for sure” people first, it’s easy to forget them believe it or not if you don’t think about it. So try coming up with a first draft guest list and start from there.
5. Pick your venue and set the date
Once you have an idea of when, and your budget, now you can book the venue. Doing that first will make it all more real and will get the ball rolling for the rest of the planning. Booking the venue is better to do in advance especially if it’s somewhere that books up fast. So pick the venue, get the date and set it!
Now that you’ve got the ring, get to planning!