Congratulations, you’re engaged! But now what?.. Well, many newly engaged couples are keen to rush into planning their big day; filling their heads filled with ideas about the big day, but it can be nice to take some time together before thinking about your wedding venue in Essex. Take the pressure off and relish the time before all your thoughts and conversations become about nuptial logistics…
Insure your engagement ring
First things first: get that ring insured. It seems like a boring first task to undertake together, but it’s absolutely essential for your peace of mind. No matter how much care you take of your sparkly new possession, accidents can happen so it’s best to be prepared.
Spread the news
Whether you want to take some time to enjoy your news together or you want to shout it from the rooftops immediately, it will soon become time to let your friends and family know. There are many ways to go about this and every couple is different. You might prefer a low-key video call or you might opt for a big gesture. Whatever you choose it’s a big moment as sharing the news outside your little bubble always makes it feel real.
Gathering your friends and family to revel in one of life’s happiest milestones is a lot of fun. It’s up to you how much of a big deal you make as you have a wide range of events to choose from. Popular options include dinners, parties or drinks.
Get advice from your married friends
Once you’ve ticked off spreading and rejoicing the news with your nearest and dearest, your minds will probably be starting to think about planning. Some people are eager to get the wheels turning, but others are hesitant or nervous to start the process. An easy way to dip your toes into the waters of wedding planning is to chat with your married friends. Pick those who have got wed within the last five years and quiz them on their experiences. This is great to gain some real, practical advice on what they liked or where they felt they could’ve made changes.
Start to gather inspiration
The next step, before getting into formal planning, is to start searching for inspiration. Get the ball rolling by discussing thoughts and bouncing ideas off one and other. Use online mood-boards or go old school by looking through magazines to begin collecting some images, themes and colours you like. This can prove really helpful in translating ideas in your head into real life and can be valuable when you’re further down the line and struggling to make decisions.
Getting engaged is a lot of fun and should definitely be a time that you enjoyed. Taking these five steps before you get into the nitty-gritty planning will help you prolong this blissful time together.