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The first 9 things to do after you get engaged

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The first 9 things to do after you get engaged
Show off your engagement ring. Image: Instagram/@the_mrs_box

Just engaged and not sure which wedding jobs should be top of your list? Here’s what you need to do now you’ve got the ring on your finger.

1. Tell the world
You’re frickin’ ENGAGED – let the world know about it! Make sure you call all your closest friends and family before putting anything on social media – although an engagement ring selfie is an absolute must. Get the good times going and plan a little engagement party – champers all round!

2. Insure your ring
Remember that time your gran gave you a watch for your 21st and you lost it at your party after too many Woo Woos? Yep, we’ve been there too – so we would definitely advise insuring that new bit of sparkle! Call up your home insurance company to discuss adding it to your policy. Tick!

3. Discuss dates
Do you want to wait a while, so you can enjoy bring engaged and spread the cost of the day or are you ready to dive right into planning? Have you always imagine a cosy, candlelit winter wedding or a peony-filled midsummer day? Think about dates and start working with them in mind.

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4. Create a wedding Pinterest board
This might not sounds like a top priority, but it will help you get an idea of what kind of wedding you want (and hey, it’s fun!). Create a board and start pinning stuff you like – you can worry about how you’ll pay for it later

5. Start a proper skin care regime
Your skin isn’t going to change overnight so if you have ongoing concerns (and let’s face it, who doesn’t!), go for a chat with a beauty expert well in advance. We love the Elemis Spa Pods, where you can pop in for an express facial or Clarins (available at John Lewis, Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser), who offer a free consultation and recommend products to suit your skin.

6. Draft your wedding guest list
This is a tricky job so you might as well start doing it early on. Start with a ‘must-have’ list (close friends and family) then a 'maybe' column (work colleagues, cousins you haven’t seen in years). This is just a starting point so don’t fret about it too much, but get a rough idea of numbers so you can begin to…

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7. Visit some venues
Once you’ve got an idea of numbers and have talked about the kind of wedding you want (country manor? Marquee in a field? City hotel?) you can start researching venues In your area and arrange some visits – exciting!


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8. Do some research
Some vendors – especially photographers – get booked up months (or sometimes years!) in advance, so it’s worth having a think about this early on. Decide what type of wedding photography you like and arrange some meetings.

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9. Start saving
It’s time to cut out those pricey Pret lunches and open up a wedding savings account – just keeping thinking of the dress!

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