Just Engaged? Here's What To Do Next!

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In a recent video I share a few of my FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL IDEAS but what happens once you've said yes?

Your honey has proposed, you’ve said yes, and you’ve walked into the sunset hand in hand. But, the story doesn’t end there, in fact, once the confetti has settled, most couples start looking at me with a sense of bewildered confusion. And that's when I start to see it - the anxiety and stress that spells the death of fun in the lead up to any couples nuptials. 

To rid you of this potentially enjoyment sucking confusion, I'm here to lay out those first few steps of an engagement, and hopefully cast a little light onto what can be an overwhelming time for many,

So what exactly happens next? Let me break it down for you: 

1. Call your closest friends and family with the wonderful news

If you have children either together or from a previous marriage they should be the first to know, followed by your parents, close friends and and family. 

2. Insure your ring

Not totally romantic but absolutely necessary! Your bae may have already organized this through the jeweler, otherwise you can add the ring to your homeowners or renters insurance.

3. Get your ring sized

This can be done at the original jeweler, otherwise ask for referrals from friends. Make sure to do your homework; read reviews, and check out previous work. 

4. Get a manicure and enjoy the moment

Everyone is going to be staring at that sparkler. I highly recommend before starting the planning process you should enjoy the moment. Celebrate your engagement with a few date nights, a dinner, a party with friends, or an engagement trip, and have fun calling your honey your fiancé. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a long luxurious engagement. 

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5. Sit down with your partner, look at the big picture and ask yourself these questions: 

  • Where do you and your honey want to get married? Destination, current city, hometown?

  • When do you want to get married? Is there a special date or anniversary? Or would you like to get married in a particular season?

  • Do you want a big wedding, an intimate wedding, or something in-between?

  • What is one thing that is the most important to each of you? Is it the photography, florals, food? Make sure you listen to one another and incorporate it into your planning.

 Once you answer these big questions, whether you want to plan and style the wedding yourself or hand over the responsibility to a planner, you’ll be on the same page and have a great place to start from.

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6. Start talking budget.

Give yourself an ideal amount you would like to spend with some wiggle room, that will become your contingency plan. 

7. Get a wedding planner.

Either a person you hire or an app, datebook, or calendar that will allow you both to remain organised. This should happen before you hire any vendors including the venue. 

Happy Dreaming.

Dancing&Dessert xx