If you’re reading this after a Christmas proposal then here’s a HUGE congratulations from us! We hope that you’re celebrating getting engaged in fine festive style right now. We definitely don’t want to put a halt on the fun but, when you’re ready (and when you can stop looking at your gorgeous engagement ring!), it’s time to get organised. Here’s everything you need to know now you’re engaged.
The first things to do now you’ve engaged
Spending some time getting used to the fact you’re now engaged should absolutely be top of your priority. It’s a wonderful feeling and one you absolutely shouldn’t rush past. Enjoy the moment and, only when you’re ready, work your way through the list below:
You definitely need to announce your engagement. The fastest way to spread the news is to head straight onto your social feeds and upload that ring selfie along with an excited comment and just wait for the comments to flood in. Or, follow the celebs and go old school with an announcement in The Times.
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Get practical and upgrade your home insurance to cover your new jewellery. Speak to your insurers ASAP!
Have The Big Conversation. It might not be super romantic but before you can leap into planning your wedding, you need to have The Big Conversation. Be upfront and honest about how much you can afford (and how much you want) to spend on your wedding. Talk about roughly when you want to say I do and get a rough idea on numbers. These things will be the basis of all the decisions you make from this point onwards so get them agreed nice and early.
Start planning your wedding
OK, so you might have been secretly pinning to a board entitled ‘My Dream Wedding’ for months but now’s the time to actually start planning. Don’t leap in and start deciding on the details before you’ve got the really big things all booked up. Here’s where you need to start:
Decide what the overall style of your wedding will be. You don’t have to choose your colour palette now but you need to know whether you’re looking for a laidback day in the country, a chic city affair, a dreamy boho occasion or a quintessentially English day in a grand location. Agree this and everything else will follow.
Find your wedding venue! Browse our amazing collection of venues – search by style or area, request brochures and compile your shortlist. Check your faves work with your budget, the guest numbers you anticipate and your style.
Make appointments to visit the venues on your shortlist and find the one for you! Ask as many questions as you like and don’t forget to check the venue’s availability when you’re there. Find out the booking process so you know exactly what you need to do to secure the venue of your dream. Once you’ve confirmed your date, there’s more to do…
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More wedding planning tips for newly engaged couples
With the venue booked and the date set, you can move on to the next things on the wedding planning list. Although your date may be some way away, it’s crucial to stay on top of everything – as the big day gets closer, you’ll be glad you did!
Choose your bridal party and ask them to be part of your wedding day. Think about who’ll make great bridesmaids and groomsmen as well as choosing a really fantastic best man!
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Research and book the most important wedding suppliers. These are those people who can only work on one wedding a day so photographers, videographers, bands and florists. Lots get booked up years in advance so it’s important to get your favourites booked. Your venue will have lists of suppliers they recommend and these are great starting points.
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Send your Save The Dates, especially if you’re getting married in peak holiday season or if you’ve booked a weekday wedding and guests will need to take annual leave to be able to attend. Similarly, if lots of your guests will need to book accommodation, make travel plans or consider childcare, the more notice you can give, the better.
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Set up your wedding admin system! You need to record how much you spend and you need to keep track of important dates, correspondence with suppliers and obviously contracts, quotes and invoices need to be carefully stored.
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Start to think about the rest of your wedding day – what food might you want, what decorations might you need and, excitingly, what might you wear? There’s so much excitement yet to come!
If you’d like more fabulous wedding planning tips, advice and insider information, download our Ultimate Wedding Guide 2018.