Did you know that nearly 6 million people every year get engaged on Valentines Day, according to the American Express report last year?
Six million people?!
That’s a huge number!!! So many brides to be are looking down at their gorgeous engagement ring right now, daydreaming of white dresses, peonies, and saying I Do to the loves of their lives!
But as you are sitting there, you may also have a million things running through your head of what should you be doing now!! Believe me, the stresses of wedding planning will eventually hit, so I decided to share some tips with you on what you should do now that you are engaged! As a wedding photographer and a bride myself, these are tips that I either learned myself, or I know other brides to be wished that they knew!
You’re Engaged! Now What?!
Share the news!
By now, you have probably already posted a gorgeous ring selfie on Instagram and Facebook, hashtagging things like #shesaidyes #ido #imgettingmarried, and so much more! But, make sure you pick up the phone! Talk to your family, parents, best friends about how it happened! As you are telling everyone this, take a moment to write it down. Journal this moment, remember all of the details, so one day, you can relive this story with your children and grandchildren!
Get your ring sized!
You have this gorgeous stunner on your ring finger! Please make sure it fits! I have heard such horror stories in the wedding industry of women losing their rings down the drain, at the park, at the gym, because their ring didn’t fit!! Don’t let this happen to you! If you can’t get it down immediately, order these Ring Snuggies for the meantime! A quick fix that will keep that gorgeous ring in place!
Get your ring insured!
Speaking of the unthinkable, get your ring insured! My husband has mine insured through our bank, under our personal property insurance. A few dollars can save you so much headache. You can also get warranties and such through your jewelry!
Start thinking about your dates!
So, remember in the beginning that I mentioned 6 million people got engaged the same day you did?!? They are all in need of wedding vendors, wedding photographers, etc. Take a moment with your fiance, and start talking about the whens. That way, you can start looking at vendors and not get behind the curve! There is a thing as engagement season, so right now, every wedding vendor, including photographers, are getting inundated with requests!
Set a budget!
As you are discussing those dates with your fiance, set a budget! Wedding planning is stressful! Anyone that tells you it’s not, is lying to you! Remember, that this is BOTH of your day, not just the bride! I can’t tell you how many times I got in trouble with my husband because I kept saying MY wedding and not OUR wedding! Learn from me! Again, this is just a rough draft to get things on paper!
Enjoy the moment!
Enjoy this moment! You may want to spend months just being engaged, without even thinking of anything related to a wedding, and guess what, that’s ok! Just be ready for people to constantly ask you, “When’s the wedding?” Take a night out with you fiance, and enjoy this moment! It’s such a special moment in your life! Remember that this is YOUR time, and make sure you do things according to what YOU want, not what others want!
I hope these tips helped you out a little bit!
Congratulations on your engagement!
Check out Corey and Julie’s beautiful engagement session here!