This is possibly the most beautiful day of your life;
…he popped the question, he’s done what you hoped for weeks or months perhaps years. If you’re feeling just a bit overwhelmed that’s perfectly natural, your life is about to change forever, and in the best possible way. There are, however, a few things you need to do immediately to ensure smooth sailing. With that thought in mind, we’ve created a handy to do list for you to follow.
Even though the average engagement lasts a year to year and a half, those days will pass very quickly. You’ll find yourself scouring the web for ideas, posting on social media, discussing your new life with your best friends, and of course, shopping for the perfect wedding dress. With so many thoughts running through your mind, you need to stay focused and organized to ensure a perfect wedding day. Hopefully, this article will help.
The list below can be completed in any order, however, will start with what we feel is very important, calling your parents.
Call Your Parents and Siblings
Unless you’re planning to keep the engagement a secret for a time, grab the phone and call your parents, siblings and best friends and share the news. You don’t want speculation flying on Facebook; you want to get ahead of the rumors and let everyone know the real story. You may have already discussed the possibilities with mom and dad, “Mom, I think he’s going to ask me to marry him.” And if that’s the case, then both parents are sitting by the phone anxiously awaiting the news. Don’t keep them waiting, spread the love.
Get a Manicure
Over the next days and weeks, your hands will be on almost constant display. Why? Because you’ll be showing off your new engagement ring, taking pictures with your friends, posting on social media, and smiling with glee every time you look at your hands. And in this case, we want people focused on your ring, not chipped nails or cuticles. If you happen to be going for the natural look, that’s perfectly okay, but make sure your nails are rounded and shaped.
Take That Official Engagement Picture
The old expression a picture is worth 1000 words, definitely comes into play here. Take a picture with your sweetie, a self he, a close up of your ring, a picture of you and your smiling parents, anything and everything you want, just do it. Then make it official by posting on all possible social media, of course, Facebook but don’t forget Instagram. And, if you have a friend who happens to be a professional photographer or a talented amateur, have them snap and a facial engagement picture.
Check Your Insurance Policy for Reading Insurance
While this is possibly one of the most romantic times in your life, take your head out of the clouds for just a moment and get your new engagement ring insured. Certainly, insurance is not primarily on your mind at this day and moment. However, a quick call to your insurance agent could save the day should your ring become lost or stolen. It’s surprisingly inexpensive to add your ring to your home or renters insurance policy. Take a moment and make the call.
Take a Breath and Savor the Moment
While the Natural Thought may be to jump straight into wedding planning, don’t do it. Instead, take some time to savor the moment, enjoy the feeling, and fall even deeper in love with your special someone. There will be plenty of work, stress, and planning to do over the next months. In fact, you’ll have enough pressure the last a lifetime, believe me I’ve been there.
Get Your Ring Sized
If you went ring shopping with your fiancé, likely your ringg fits correctly. However, if he surprises you, and guessed as to your ring size, it may not fit properly. It’s a simple matter, to visit your jeweler and have the Ring sized, particularly so if you find it falling off your finger. The last thing that you want to have happened is the ring to fall off, then disappear noisily down the kitchen drain. Not to worry, a resizing can be done quick and easy at your favorite jewelers.
Set a Wedding Date
It doesn’t matter how far away your wedding is, begin to think about an actual date. The reason for this is not to rush headlong into marriage, but to secure a venue, find a time that does not conflict with either set of parents, and begin to schedule the activities. If you decided on a particularly popular wedding day, for instance, a June bride, venues, and vendors often are scheduled months in advance. Be sure to check out our page for wedding dates, which will help you choose a date that does not conflict with existing holidays and events.
Research Then Choose Your Venue
Before you can settle on a wedding date, you need to find out if your chosen venue is available. Step one is online research, possibly a phone call, then and in-person visit. Find out prices, availability, and the overall mood and ambiance of the venue. Once you decide on the perfect place, ask about prices and available dates. Coordinate those dates with friends family and vendors, then make a booking.
Big or Small Wedding?
Hopefully, both of you will be on the same page concerning the size of the wedding. Is it going to be a grand extravaganza or a small ceremony with close family and friends? That is something for the two of you to decide, taking into consideration the price, guest list, and who is going to foot the bill? Once you’ve decided on this, that is the time to nail down your venue.
Whenever money Is discussed, there will always be a little stress in the air. Take a breath and proceed calmly. This is a discussion you need to have, like it or not. It can happen between just the two of you, or with the parents. That’s your call, just be sure not to put it off too long
Create a Wedding Website
If one or both of you have web design or graphics skills, wonderful. However, there is a multitude of websites, and templates you can easily use to create a breathtaking wedding website. Take a little time, discuss it between the two of you, then decide on what you want. Once you’ve decided, ask your family and friends if they know someone who is a web designer. If you can find one inexpensively, hopefully, a friend or a friend of a friend, perfect. If not, ask your wedding planner for suggestions.
It’s Going to Be Your Wedding Day, and You Wanted to Be Perfect, any bride would. And if you already have the perfect wedding in your mind, wonderful. If not, this is the time to search Pinterest, Instagram, Google and Facebook for ideas. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to spend an hour or two is looking through Pinterest for ideas. Create a special wedding board then share that board with family friends and peers and ask for suggestions. Of course, the ultimate decision is between you and yours, but do be open to positive reinforcement and good ideas. If you have any difficulty, and you likely won’t, ask your wedding planner or BFF.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
It is always a good idea to discuss things with each other, particularly so concerning your upcoming wedding. Discuss how many bridesmaids and groomsmen you each need to have. Does it need to be an even number of men and women, or is an odd number okay? Whatever number you choose is fine, just make certain the two of you agree, before beginning the task of asking friends if they’ll be part of the wedding party.
Whether or not you decide to have a wedding planner is, of course, your decision. That said, experience has taught that a wedding planner, a good wedding planner, can be worth their weight in gold. The question then arises, how do I choose a wedding planner? It’s not difficult, start by asking friends and family, read any online reviews, then simply make a phone call and ask questions. If you find a good simpatico with a particular planner, set up a time for an interview. Don’t necessarily pick the first one, unless they happen to be perfect, interview with twp pr three and find the one that you seem to have an emotional bond with. This is the person that can help you navigate the difficult but wonderful days ahead.
Your Wedding Dress
While it’s not mandatory, or even suggested that you choose a wedding dress immediately, begin to let your mind dream. You want to find a dress that fits you, not just your figure, but you as a person. You may already have a designer in mind and if so, then see what they have to offer. If you happen to be located in or near a big city, it’s possible to a range a personal visit to their venue. Remember, never be pushed into making a decision, this is your wedding, your special day, and you wanted to be perfect.
Laugh and Enjoy Each Other
The two of you are beginning a life together; don’t let the stress of wedding planning take the romance out of your engagement. Save some quality time for each other, laugh, go on a date, get away for the weekend, do what brought you together in the first place. In the days weeks and months ahead, there will be some stressful days, that is simply part of the process. However, don’t forget what caused the two of you to fall in love in the first place