Engagement season is here, which in the wedding world is bigger than any real holiday! Hopefully, that means you’ll find yourself with a gorgeous new ring to show off and an incredible fiancé! 

Maybe you’re waiting excitedly for them to pop the question, or you may be here because you are newly engaged. Either way, you’re about to start the most incredible journey! 

Once they pop the question there is so much to do! So, where do you start? Since I have witnessed so many sweet couples go through the beginning stages of wedding planning, I’ve compiled list of five tips to help you get going!

1. Tell Your Loved Ones

Before you go blasting the news on social media, make sure you call your people and tell them you’re engaged. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who would be hurt if they found out from anyone else. Plus, calling them means you’ll get to hear the excitement as they share in your joy! That is an amazing feeling. 

2. Get A Manicure

Your hands are about to get some extra attention. If you haven’t already, go treat yourself to a manicure. Your new ring deserves the beautiful backdrop!

3. Talk Out the Big Things

Before you dive into the throws of wedding planning, talk things out. Talk about how you and your fiancé will handle finances, pre-martial counseling, in-laws, etc. Making sure you’re on the same page with those huge topics like in-laws will make a world of difference! Especially when you’re facing tough decisions while handling wedding planning, knowing where you stand beforehand is huge. 

4. Create A Wedding Budget

Don’t contact even a single vendor yet. Start your engagement right and really formulate your wedding budget. Sit down with anyone contributing to the event and get solid, exact numbers. From there set a list of priorities you’re willing to shell out for first. 

5. Pick A Venue & Date

After you’ve got your budget in order, it’s time to pick a venue! I suggest doing this first, as this will determine your wedding date. Once your venue is booked, you can start bringing your dream to life! Other vendors will be also be able to help when you come to them with a firm date!

I hope these practical tips for what to do once you’re engaged help you! Enjoy every moment of the process and let it soak in! It is an incredible season of life!



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