You're freshly engaged and there's no doubt that this is one of the most exciting times in your life! Celebrate and jumpstart planning with these top 10 things to do after you say yes!
1. Call your parents!
They deserve the honor of hearing the news first! A phone call is great, but if you can celebrate in person, it's an excuse for some champagne and the start of making awesome memories!
2. Call friends & family
Before you post to Instagram, make sure that those closest to you hear the news from you rather than your profile! Their reactions will be priceless and you'll definitely want to hear them firsthand. ...Then you can immediately share photos of your new bling ;)
3. Treat yourself to a manicure
EVERYONE is going to be staring at your ring. Feel extra confident showing it off with beautiful nails.
4. Visit your jeweler
Get your ring sized, appraised, and insured to keep it protected.
5. Set a date
You might not want to get your hearts set on a specific day since your venue's availability might dictate that for you. Still, you'll definitely want to talk about and agree on the time of year and/or the month for your big day.
6. Come up with a guest count
This rough estimate will help you determine A LOT going forward in your wedding planning. The number of guests will be an important element in choosing a venue and setting a budget.
7. Set a budget
And allocate how much you might want to spend on each vendor. This will help you narrow down where to shop around.
8. Consult magazines and Pinterest
Maybe you've had your dream wedding pin board created for years, or maybe you've never even given your wedding a thought! No matter where you fall on the spectrum, check out wedding magazines and search online resources like WeddingWire, The Knot, and Pinterest for "wedspiration." With a time of year, a number of guests, and a budget in mind, you can have a better idea of what you want your big day to look like and what will be logistically possible.
9. Begin your venue tour
Deciding where your wedding will be located should be fun! A big question you'll have to answer before you go is where you want your ceremony to be. Your venue will need to know if they'll be hosting your ceremony or only the reception. Make sure you take LOTS of notes about their offerings, what you like, and what you don't. Keep a rough timeline in your head as you do so; you'll want to leave plenty of time for transportation and photo-taking.
10. Set regular date nights
We love this idea and cannot stress the importance enough! Your lives will seem consumed with wedding planning as an engaged couple, but you'll want to set aside time where it can be just the two of you enjoying each other and conversation away from all wedding topics!