It’s official--you’re engaged! After so much anticipation, the moment has arrived. You have an engagement ring, and you’re getting married!
Soak up the surrealism, and relish the moment. As soon as you come down from the clouds, questions may swirl around you. What’s next? There are so many things to do, people to contact and decisions to make.
Before you get ahead of yourself, make a list. From phone calls to party planning, there’s plenty to do. We’ve created a checklist for when you get engaged. Enjoy this precious time as you prepare for the rest of your lives together.
1 - Call Your Parents
Some people shouldn’t find out about your engagement on social media. So call your parents, your siblings, your BFFs, and anyone else who will feel hurt if they don’t receive a personal announcement about your happy news.
2 - Get a Manicure
Everyone will want to see your rock, so spruce up your hands by visiting the nail salon ASAP. If you prefer the natural look, at least moisturise your skin and shape your nails carefully. Once your hands are in tip-top shape, you’re ready to…
3 - Post an Engagement Selfie
That’s right. It’s time to announce your engagement to the world, and what better way to do it than posting a ring selfie on Instagram. All you need is your fiance, your ring and the broadest smiles in your repertoire. Your Great-Aunt Jenny will love it.
4 - Insure Your Engagement Ring
Purchasing insurance doesn’t sound as fun as getting a manicure or taking a selfie, but it could end up saving your hide. Don’t run the risk of losing or damaging your ring; protect it with JewelCover engagement ring insurance. The process is simple, and we’ll have you moving on to #5 in no time.
5 - Get Your Ring Sized
While you’re still thinking about your ring, visit the jeweller to make sure it fits you perfectly, especially if it’s loose. Jewellers often include resizing in the sale of engagement rings, and they’re typically quick (so you’ll have it back on your finger in no time). Don’t risk losing your precious sparkler because it doesn’t fit well.
6 - Celebrate, and Take a Breather
Before you jump into wedding planning:
- Take a couple of weeks to enjoy this special time and celebrate together.
- If you feel like it, get together with friends.
- If you don’t, savour the moment and let the newness of your commitment sink in.
7 - Nail Down a Date
After you announce your engagement, one of the most common questions you’ll hear is, “When’s the wedding?” Consult both of your families to find out about potential conflicts, and zero in on a date. The most desirable wedding venues get booked far in advance, so don’t procrastinate this critical step.
8 - Research Possible Venues
Nailing down a date isn’t possible until you find a venue with an open slot. So explore your possibilities online first, and then visit the ones that look most promising. As you speak with representatives from venues, you’ll find that there’s one more concurrent decision to make:
9 - Decide on the Size of Your Wedding
Do you like the idea of an intimate family wedding? Or would you love a grand-scale affair? Whatever you decide, make sure you’re on the same page with this decision because it will affect every aspect of your big day.
10 - Start Pinning
If you haven’t already done so, start a wedding Pinterest board for gathering your inspiration in one, handy space. Consider colours, flowers, dresses, photography styles, cakes, table settings and more. Images will help you to think about details that require planning. Plus, you’ll have a better idea of how much to budget.
11 - Plan Your Budget
The smoothest weddings begin with firm decisions, and one of the most important decisions involves money. How much will you spend? Who will contribute? Decide on a budget early on, and then stick to it religiously. You’ll vastly reduce everyone’s stress by avoiding ambiguity in this area.
12 - Get Everything Down in Black and White
Whether you hire a wedding planner or manage the event yourself, it’s vital that you write down your plans. Spreadsheets work well for this step because you can share them with everyone involved. When all parties know what’s expected of them and what needs to be done, you can expect less drama and more efficiency.
13 - Choose Your Wedding Party
Do you plan on having bridesmaids and groomsmen? Are you okay with odd numbers, or even a must? Will everyone needs to find and purchase their own clothing, or will you provide it? Will you have a maid of honour and a best man? Make all of these decisions before you ask friends and family members to join the wedding party.
14 - Interview Vendors
If you have friends who have gotten married recently, ask for recommendations for florists, cake artists, tuxedo rentals and more. Online reviews can be helpful, as well. If you find an experienced wedding planner, you may not need to find vendors yourself.
15 - Plan Your Honeymoon
Weddings take serious work! It’s completely natural to get tired of wedding planning. That’s when it’s helpful to tackle your honeymoon plans. Just think of it: soon, you’ll be married and heading off into the sunset, hopefully, to somewhere relaxing and remote.
We offer our sincerest congratulations to the two of you and hope your wedding is all you dreamed of. Check our prices for engagement ring insurance. We won’t be beaten on price or benefits. Talk to you soon!