5 things to do when you get engaged

You said yes! First things first: tell the world! Make those calls to your family and friends, post it on Facebook, Tweet it loud and proud, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. (#ISaidYes).

Great, now that everyone knows, here are the next steps to take!

1. Take care of that ring. If it’s not fitting perfectly, get it re-sized so you can show it off to its fullest effect. Also so you don’t lose it… But just in case, you should also insure it for loss, theft or damage. Call your broker to figure out how you can protect your rock most affordably.

2. Get organized. Remember Monica Geller’s binder? Well it is a good idea to start gathering your ideas and thoughts in one place! Your organizational tool could be Pinterest, a wedding planning app like WeddingHappy, or a good ‘ol 3-ring binder. Use it to store and organize your thoughts and ideas, gather pricing information (from friends, family and vendors) so you can create a realistic budget, and set a goal timeline for accomplishing major milestones in the planning process.

3. Start saving. If you haven’t already got some money set aside for the big day, start taking a little off of each paycheque and putting it into an account dedicated to the wedding (your fiancé should do the same). It may not cover all the costs, but it’ll be a big help when it comes time to pay for the caterer, planner, band, decorator, cake, etc.

4. Draft that guest list! Nail down an accurate guest count prediction as early as possible! Consult your family and fiancé’s family for their ideal guest list to ensure no one is left out of consideration, then cut and add as needed. A few last-minute drop-outs are unavoidable, but try to make sure you don’t suddenly remember to add Aunt Betty’s late husband’s family to the list 3 weeks before the date. Most wedding companies charge more per head for last minute additions due to the additional labour, material acquisition, cleaning, prep time, etc. required, so it’s in your wallet’s best interest to figure out an accurate count as soon as you can!

Photo by Sarah Parrott of Parrott Design Studio

5. Book a venue. Look around for the perfect spot as soon as possible. If you already have your heart set on somewhere specific, call them up and find out the availability. If you have the budget for a wedding planner they’ll be able to show you options you may not have considered or even known about before. Your venue should be the first thing you book, so get started with those site visits sooner rather than later.