You’re engaged! Your other half asked, you said “yes!”, and now you’re about to embark on one of the best journeys of your life. This is new to you and you’re not sure what to do, right? To ensure a successful wedding planning process, I’ve put together a blog of things to do after you get engaged. Because what does a successful wedding planning process end with? The wedding of your dreams!
They’ve probably been waiting for this moment as long as you have. If possible, tell your parents in person, but if this isn’t possible due to distance try FaceTime or Skype! Send a photo of your ring to your besties and break the news!
If your other half didn’t get insurance on your new bling, this is something to seriously consider. Romantic? No. Important? Yes. Things happen, rings fall down drains, diamonds fall out. You can usually purchase a “rider” policy on your home insurance for this, but the store your ring was purchased from may also have an option.
Your engagement is going to be the highlight of your life for the next few weeks (even months) which means your hands are going to be the spotlight! It’s time to go get your nails done! Choose a neutral colour so that your ring is the focus, not your bright red nails.
You also might be interested in getting a ring dish, something like Marbella Dish (made right here in yyc!) to put your ring in when you’re showering, doing the dishes, sleeping… You may also want to consider a Mrs.Box!
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is take time to be engaged. Enjoy being engaged. You don’t have to rush into planning a wedding. Enjoy a little bit of time stress-free!
Once you’re done enjoying being engaged, it’s time to start dreaming big. Collect wedding magazines, open up pinterest, Google your little heart away. Sit down with your partner and decide on your no-expenses-spared dream wedding. And then come back to reality and decide what you could do without, and what’s actually non-negotiable. Do you really need 6 hunky men to carry you in on a bed made of rose petals, or can you do without that?
Some venues can book up to 3 years in advance (with 1.5-2 being more common for the popular venues) so be sure to choose a date early. You also need to be prepared to be flexible with your dates as weekends fill up super fast. Explore the possibility of a Friday wedding! Keep in mind that your dream vendors should be booked as soon as possible. Calgary Wedding Photographers like myself book up around 12 months in advance, sometimes 18 months! Same goes for florists, planners and decor rentals. Book early to secure your dream vendors.
After you’ve picked your date for your big day, you’ll find that things will happen quite quickly. From cake tastings and vendor meetings to saying yes to the dress, you’ll want to stay organized… because let’s be honest, you still have a life to live outside of planning your big day! If you’re not organized enough to keep everything in folders and a binder (that’s me… definitely couldn’t do that), there are wedding binders and books out there to help you. You can also DIY one!
If you’ve elected the more popular choice to have a wedding party, now is the time to start thinking about that. Your guys and girls will need ample time to get time off work for the bachelor(ette), wedding, pre-wedding prep and more. They’ll also need time to save some of that hard earned $$$ in order to pay for their dress and/or suit and accessories.
Last but not least, a few “thank yous” are in order. Everyone you love (and who loves you back) is going to be pulling together and rooting for you during this time. They might even offer some unwarranted advice, but say thank you. Thank you for supporting, for buying 6 copies of the same wedding magazine, and for being there. Also – thank your other half! You may have talked about marriage for a while, and this may feel like a finally, but they truly do deserve a “thank you”.