Getting engaged is a life changing commitment. Finding the person that you wish to spend your life with fills you with joy and exuberance. You may often find that your cheeks hurt from smiling so much! If you have recently become engaged, or you are moving toward that season of life, then this post is for you. We have compiled a list of 10 things that you should do once you are engaged. You had better get used to lists – because you’ll probably be making lots of them as you plan your special day.
10 Things You Should Do Now that You are Engaged
1. Get Your Ring Sized
Since we are a jewelry store in New Jersey, of course we are going to talk about caring for your new engagement ring first! Even if your fiancé knows your finger size, it’s a good idea to take your ring into the jeweler to make sure that you have the proper fit. You need to account for the swelling and shrinking that your fingers naturally do throughout the day and from season to season.
2. Get Your Ring Insured
At M.A. Jewelers we provide a free appraisal, performed by a certified gemologist, that you can give directly to your insurance agent. Getting a jewelry rider attached to your homeowners or renters insurance will typically cover your diamond engagement ring in the case of theft, loss, or damage depending on the plan you select. It really doesn’t cost that much and can provide much needed piece of mind should something bad happen.
3. Spread Your Good News!
Now, I know this is actually going to be your number one thing but like I said, we are a jewelry blog so I had to hit on those other things first. You'll find that telling your friends and family is so fun. You’re excited, they’re excited, and it’s all very – exciting! Just a little word of caution first and then you can go forth and sing it from the roof tops. Make sure you tell those closest to you first before you go posting it on all of your social media accounts. There are just some people you need to call or even better, tell in person!
4. Get Your Nails Done
…and your toes too while you are at it! Everyone is going to want to see the ring and you’ll want to make sure your hands are looking their best, so go ahead and treat yourself to a manicure. You’ll thank me later.
5. Start Dreaming
Now you and your fiancé can start planning your big day. Make lists (I warned you about the lists remember?) with venue ideas, possible wedding dates, vendors, even honeymoon destination ideas. Let the creative juices flow – then when it’s time to solidify your plans you can do your research to narrow down what will work for you.
6. Set a Budget
Yep, I did it. I went and said the b-u-d-g-e-t word. Please believe me when I say that it is imperative that you have some idea of what you want to spend. This will be quite helpful as you decide on venue, vendors, flowers, and everything else associated with your special day. Little things (and big things) can add up quickly so keeping a budget in mind is a must.
7. Compile a Tentative Guest List
Did I say list again? Sure did! This list doesn’t have to be anything concrete but will give you a head count as you are deciding on a venue and consulting vendors. One of the first questions that you’ll be asked by nearly every vendor is; How many people do you plan on having at your wedding, which is why it is helpful to have a rough idea.
8. Look at a Calendar
Another question that you’ll be asked by pretty much everyone is; When are you getting married? You might find that having a tentative idea to tell people is quite helpful. Will it be a year from now? Spring? Fall? Just an idea in the beginning will help appease the masses.
9. Consult a Wedding Planner (if you want)
Can you plan your own wedding? Sure! A lot of people do – but if you want to focus on all the fun stuff and leave the “work” to a wedding expert, then hiring a wedding planner is a great idea. A wedding planner has tons of connections and will think of details that will add a lot to your big day. This is certainly not a must, but they can usually help you keep stress to a minimum and delight in planning your special day.
Now, just take enjoy being an engaged couple. It’s such an exciting time. Congratulations!