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You’re engaged! Now what do you do?

What to do after he’s popped the question

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You’re engaged! Now what do you do?
What to do when you get engaged. Image: Getty Images

So you’ve just got engaged? Congratulations! Being a fiancée can seem a bit overwhelming at first, so to calm things down a little bit, we’ve devised a list of things to do in the days after your partner popped the question.

Tell all your friends and family
This is your first stop after your engagement. However, as excited as you are, don’t forget to pick up the phone to tell your loved ones. They will be just as excited and happy as you, so don’t post it on Facebook to tell your entire friends list before you tell anyone else. Your granny certainly won’t appreciate hearing it through the grapevine!

Enjoy some quiet time together
In amongst all the chatter about dresses, venues, table decorations and everything else, is the reason you’re organising a wedding: your fiancé. Before you really get down to the planning make sure you sit back, relax and sip some congratulatory champers.

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Get your ring sorted
This may seem a little mundane, but taking care of your engagement ring (and later your wedding ring too!) is important. Maybe you’ve got a little bit to much room, or perhaps not enough? Get your ring properly sized and insured to give you peace of mind. Don’t worry it will probably only take a few days to get it sorted – then you can go back to admiring your left hand at regular intervals.

Choose a vague date
As soon as you tell anyone you’re engaged they’ll be dying for all kinds of wedding details, so be prepared to ward of friends and family from the very beginning. Have a chat with your fiancé and decide on a season, or perhaps a month that could be your wedding date. People will be more than satisfied with ‘We’re thinking summer 2016…’.

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Set up a savings account
Likewise with the vague date, it might be a good idea to have a budget plan as well. Everyone knows that weddings are a costly affair and it’s not the best idea to spend the entirety of your savings on the big day. So set up a savings account or just buy a piggy bank to squirrel away a little something each month. You’ll be thankful for it in those final pre-wedding days!

Do some research
You may not want to start booking things up right now, and that’s completely fine, but we suggest you do some research. No doubt, during the happy break between engagement and planning mania you will be having all kinds of ideas. Have a look at what’s available with your budget before setting your heart on any manor houses or castles!

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Get some inspiration
One of the most exciting things about being newly engaged are the visions you have of what your day will be like. Maybe it’s something you’ve been dreaming up for a while, or maybe you have no idea where to start. We love Pinterest as the ideal source of inspiration, covering everything from decorations, dresses, cakes…. In no time at all you’ll have an idea of theme or colour scheme. Be sure to check out our Perfect Wedding boards as well – just try not to procrastinate too much!

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Buy a wedding mag (ahem)
Lastly the all-time favourite; buy a wedding magazine. We’re pretty certain that the home of every bride-to-be is scattered with various bridal publications. They cover everything and can lend a serious helping hand during the planning stages. Look out for the ones with planning guide pull-outs and checklists. We’ve heard Perfect Wedding is pretty good…

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