It’s a moment you’ll never forget, the moment you got engaged to be married. You’re probably stillcaught up in all the emotions of that moment and are dying to start getting into the finer details of your big day. Before you do, there are a few things you need to get done first.
You will never get to relive your engagement ever again, so take full advantage of this exciting time in your life. Before you start telling family and friends, make sure that you spend time celebrating with your significant other first. From there, feel free to spread the news and plan an engagement party so that the people in your life can celebrate this moment with you.
2. Insure Your Ring
If you haven’t already, insure your ring as soon as you can. If your ring contains stones that may need to be repaired or replaced in the future, speak to an insurance agent about coverage. Take the time to carefully review the policy so that you understand exactly what happens if the ring is lost, stolen ordamaged. If you don’t want to set up a separate policy, you should be able to add it to your existing homeowner’s policy.
3. Set a Budget
Setting a budget should be the first thing you do before your start planning a wedding. Don’t startlooking around at venues, dresses or anything else until you’ve both created a budget you’re happywith. Will family be contributing? What is most important to you and your partner? Setting a budget willensure you don’t end up in debt after your big day and it actually makes the planning process a little easier too.
4. Draft a Guest List
Now that you have a budget, you can create the first draft of your guest list. This can often be a tricky part of the planning process, especially when you have a big family. Keep in mind that this is yourwedding and you don’t need to invite anyone you don’t want to be there, especially if you will be payingfor the wedding yourselves. You may need to make some adjustments to the guest list further down the line but it helps to get a good idea of who your guests will be early on.
5. Discuss a Potential Date
Before you start searching for a venue, spend some time thinking about potential dates – you will need them once you start shopping for venues. If you want to get married in a popular month such as June, you may need to start sending out save the dates as soon as you can.
6. Think about the Big Picture
Before you start getting into the details of your wedding, take the time to think about the big picture that you want to create as this will determine the type of venue, décor, and suppliers you choose for the wedding day.
These are the main boxes you should tick right after you get engaged. From there, you can get intoproper wedding planning mode once you’re ready.