Getting Engaged: Your Ultimate Post-Engagement To-Do List

Congratulations on your engagement! This beautiful milestone marks the beginning of an exciting journey toward a lifetime of love and commitment. As you bask in the joy of getting engaged, it’s time to start planning for the wonderful adventure ahead. To help you navigate this exciting phase smoothly, here’s a comprehensive guide outlining the top 10 things to do after saying “Yes!”

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10 Things to do after Getting Engaged

Celebrate getting engaged!

Break out the bubbly and share the joyous news of getting engaged! Whether it’s a heartfelt phone call, a gathering, or a social media announcement, celebrate this milestone with your loved ones. You or your friends and family may want to plan an engagement party to celebrate, too!

Insure Your Engagement Ring

Protect your symbol of love by getting insurance for your engagement ring. This safeguard ensures peace of mind in case of loss, theft, or damage. Many homeowners and rental policies allow you to add a rider to your for jewelry; the added (small!) cost is worth the protection!

Talk to your future spouse

Getting engaged and, eventually, getting married, is a huge step in any couples life. You and your future spouse will have to talk about all of the details. From the not-so-glamorous budget conversation to the time of year, and whether or not you want to elope or plan a massive event or everything in between!

Create a Rough Guest List

Begin drafting a list of guests you’d like to invite. This will give you an estimate for catering, venue size, and other planning aspects. For example, if nana has a hard time getting around, you may want to consider an accessible venue to accommodate her.

Gather inspiration

What do you envision your wedding looking like? Get on Pinterest and create a wedding planning board and begin to look at everything. Keep in mind, though, that social-media-friendly weddings can often come with a big price tag and not everything will suit your budget. Which brings me to my next point…

Hire a wedding planner

Wedding planners are the experts. And a good wedding planner will help you maximize your budget. I recommend hiring a wedding planner before you begin planning or, at the very least, after selecting your venue and wedding date. Wedding planners assist with vendor selection, logistics, and ensuring your wedding day runs perfectly!

Get organized!

Create a separate email address for all things wedding! Wedding planning can be immensely overwhelming, especially in the vendor-search phase. Keep all your wedding-related documents, contacts, inspiration, and checklists organized in one place. Utilize online tools to stay on top of everything.

Research Vendors

Start researching and meeting potential vendors such as photographers, florists, caterers, and musicians. Recommendations from friends or reading reviews can aid in your decision-making process. If you’ve hired a wedding planner, you should share your finds with them!

Engagement Photoshoot

Capture the joy of your engagement with a professional photoshoot. These pictures can be used for announcements, invitations, or to simply cherish this beautiful time in your lives. I recommend using the same photographer for your engagement shoot and your wedding.

Take Time for Yourselves

Amidst all the planning, don’t forget to cherish each other and the love that brought you to this moment. Take breaks from wedding planning to enjoy date nights and quality time together.

Remember, this is a time of joy and celebration, so enjoy the process! While planning a wedding can be overwhelming, taking these steps will set you on the right path toward your dream wedding day.

For more wedding tips, inspiration, and advice, stay tuned to our blog. Wishing you a wonderful journey as you plan your special day!

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