Congratulations! You got engaged. So what do you do now?
Here are tips to help you successfully navigate – and truly enjoy – this exciting time in your life.
1. Ensure your ring. If your fiancé proposed with a traditional diamond rung or another expensive bauble, make sure to protect the investment with insurance.
2. Draft the guest list and set the budget. Get an idea of the size of your wedding by making a first draft of the guest list. Next, discuss and set your budget. These two factors are the foundation and determine the type of wedding you choose to have.
3. Pick the date. The time of year you choose is key to your wedding planning. The most popular wedding months are (in this order): June, September, August, May, October, July. If you’re picking a popular time of year, you will want to plan well in advance to make sure you’re able to secure your preferred venue.
4. Research wedding apps and websites and consider hiring a wedding planner. Everyone needs help. If your budget allows, a wise investment comes in the form of an expert to guide you through the process. If not, there are great apps and websites that help keep you organized every step of the way.
5. Don’t share everything on social media. Don’t post everything about your wedding plans on social media sites, it’s important to keep the surprise element for the big day. Also holding back on posting your plans can make your life easier: it will reduce unsolicited advice, number of questions, hurt feelings and self-invited guests.
6. Celebrate being engaged. Yes, getting married is a big milestone, but so is getting engaged! While you will need to spend a significant amount of time planning your wedding, you shouldn’t let your engagement go by uncelebrated. Whether it’s a low key dinner party at home or a stylish cocktail party in town, you should factor in some time to plan it properly so that you can really enjoy it.
7. Don’t forget date night. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the planning of the wedding, organising a wedding can be very time-consuming and stressful. Make sure to take time for just the two of you, with no mention of guest lists, venue or budget! Opt for a cinema night or a romantic dinner for two.