You are engaged. Congrats! Now what? Many times, people question: "What should I do after the proposal?" Below are six important things to do after you said "yes" or popped the question...
Tell your friends and family the big news before posting it on social media. Make sure they are the first ones to know. It can be simple as calling each family member up individually. After all, family does come first. You want to make them feel special and important by telling them before the rest of the people you know. If you can't call them, send a personalized e-mail or text message with a picture of the ring on your ring finger.
Get your ring insured. There's nothing worse than for your new ring to be lost or stolen. Getting your ring insured is your safety net just in case something happens to it whether it fell down the sink or you accidentally took it off in a public bathroom. When getting the ring insured, ask what the insurance plan covers.
Choose the wedding date. Discuss with your fiance when you would like to have the wedding. Have several dates in mind before choosing wedding venues or locations. If you are planning a beach wedding, you might consider having your wedding in June or July. Plan the date based on the theme of your wedding. Also consider what day you would like to have your wedding. Keep in mind that people work on the weekdays. Having a wedding on a weekend would be more practical. However, a weekday wedding can be more economical or budget friendly in some circumstances. Once you choose your date, you want to let people know ahead of time so they can mark your big day on their calendar. Mail the “Save The Dates” or create a Save The Date event on Facebook as soon as possible.
Choose the wedding party. You and your finance should begin discussing who will be in the wedding party. Decide who will be the ring bearer, flower girl, bridesmaids, the maid of honor, the groomsmen and best man. If your fiance has brothers and sisters, consider asking them to be in the party. You and your fiance must be on the same page when it comes to choosing the people for the wedding party.Start planning for the big day. Discuss with your fiance where you’d like to have your wedding and honeymoon. Make sure he/she agrees with your ideas. With your future mate:
Google wedding venues, potential places to get married, ideal honeymoon locations etc. Call wedding venues and honeymoon resorts for price quotes.
Consider creating a Pinterest account just for your wedding day and honeymoon. Create the following Pinterest boards: wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wedding shoes, wedding venues, table settings, table decorations, wedding decorations, and honeymoon locations.
Shop online or in-store for wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. For those with a tight budget, David’s Bridal has thousands of wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns for reasonable prices. If you don’t mind not saving your dress, consider renting one instead. Rent The Runways is a website where anyone can rent designer dresses for a low prices.
Most importantly, know your wedding budget. You and your fiance should know how much you are both willing to spend (or can afford) for the following:
Music and entertainment including DJs and photo booth rentals
Hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners can be super helpful when planning your special day. A wedding planner does the following:
Find and book the wedding venue
Helps with your wedding budget ( i.e. how much money are you willing to spend on a wedding cake).
Books the entertainment (i.e. photobooths)
Creates the guests lists and RSVP’s
Designs the wedding look or theme
Creates the wedding decor, table settings, party favors and more
Plans the rehearsal dinner
Finds accommodations for out-of-town guests