You’ve got the man, you’ve got the bling, now? If you just recently got engaged (we know there are a ton of you!) and aren’t sure what to do next, keep reading. There are a few things you should consider in your wedding planning process. Because of this, we’re breaking down the post engagement dos and don’ts Take some time to enjoy these next few weeks; before you know it you will be scheduling engagement photo sessions, picking our your day-of attire, and going cake tasting. Before that craziness begins, check out what you should do and shouldn’t do now.
DO spread the joy! We would suggest starting with your parents (no brainer!) then moving on to grandparents and siblings. After that, move on to other close relatives and friends. Consider who you want to know first and foremost from you two before spreading the news on social media. Sometimes feelings can get hurt if you leave someone out and find out through the grape vine! Once you have all of your bases covered, strut your stuff (and that bling!) all over the web!
DO brace yourself for the inquisition. Those closest to you are going to immediately ask a million questions. Did you set a date? Did you pick a venue? Do you have wedding colors picked out? Who is in your bridal party? You definitely don’t have to have all of the answers right away, but being able to arm yourself with a few vague answers will satiate those hungry for more. In order to do so, you may be able to quickly decide what time of year or seasons works best for the two of you, or what type of ceremony space or reception venue you can agree on. Our Washington DC area vendor guide is also the perfect place to start perusing to get an idea of what might suit you.
DON’T overshare. We just said people are going to be asking a lot of questions. That’s just a given at this point. However, don’t feel pressured to overshare! You don’t need to tell everyone the nitty gritty details before they’re set in stone. Plus, you want to leave a little mystery for your guests on the wedding day! It’s way more fun that way.
DO showcase that ring! But DON’T do it immediately. Make sure all of the big (aka VIP) people in your life have heard the news first. We know we said this above but it bears repeating. Family and close friends should always be first to know before you tell the world. After that, grab a friend or two and stop by your favorite nail salon for some quality pampering. You will undoubtedly be showing off your gorgeous ring to everyone around, not to mention documenting it on every form of social media imaginable, so you can splurge a little on a perfectly polished mani. Of course you want the world to know that you have an amazing man with fabulous taste in jewelry so feel free to show off a little. This is also the perfect time to rehash the proposal and start chatting about the upcoming big day! Why not throw in a pedicure as well? You deserve it!
DO discuss budget and start saving. It’s no secret that weddings can get expensive, and quick! Talk to your partner about what is realistic and brainstorm from there. There are so many different ways to design your big day, and not everything has to break the bank! We have got tons of wedding inspiration and ideas to help you dream up different options and tweak things you love to make them yours. If you set a budget early on and begin to prepare, you are less likely to overspend and may have some extra moolah for a fabulous honeymoon!
DO insure that bling! While we’re talking money, don’t forget to insure the newest member of your jewelry collection if your future spouse hasn’t done so already. So this isn’t a super glamorous post engagement step, we get it, but trust us! There is nothing worse than the feeling of losing your newest prized possession (and obsession!) and not being able to replace it. This will simply give you peace of mind, and this is something you definitely need when planning a wedding. You can usually do this through the jeweler from whom the ring was purchased, or through your homeowners or renter’s policy.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planners can be such a huge aid in the planning and execution an amazing wedding. They know all of the best vendors, can pull together all of your great ideas, and most important of all, can seriously cut down on your stress levels. All of our amazing dc area event planners are there to make your day a success; from full plans to partial plans to day-of coordinators, these vendors sure do know their stuff!
DO set aside time for the two of you. Preparing for a wedding can take a lot of time and effort, and the post engagement period can be a flurry of excitement and the feeling that you need to be making moves right away. It is an amazing time, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to take a step back and remember why you are doing this. You are in love! Take a breath and spend some time as a couple; get all dressed up and go out on a nice date to celebrate, or plan a day trip to do something you both love. This time is all about you two, so enjoy it!