Congratulations – you’re engaged…but where on earth do you start with the planning?!
You’re about to start planning an incredible event that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. To make sure you and your partner have the wedding of your dreams, it’s a good idea to start thinking about some of the basics as soon as you reasonably can. Here are our top tips for making the most of your engagement, and getting ahead with your wedding planning…
Tell the family first
Whether or not your partner has stuck with tradition and ‘asked permission’ to propose, before you update your Facebook status to ‘engaged’ and insta the world, remember to get straight on the phone to your mum and dad. Telling them first will mean everything – and the rest of the family will appreciate a phone call, too! *Must resist posting a ring selfie, must resist posting a ring selfie…*
Get a manicure to show off that ring
All eyes are going to be on that ring!!! You’re going to be showing off your diamonds to everyone over the next few weeks, so don’t be embarrassed by scruffy nails!! Keep it classy, nude, French or even a classic scarlet can look striking. This is a great time to start looking after your hands if you don’t already, invest in a cuticle oil and a hand mask and keep them by the bed to give your hands an overnight treat.
Have your ring sized and insured
It may be that your partner got it spot on and that your ring is a perfect fit…but in most cases it will need a little adjustment, going back to the jeweller who supplied your ring will usually mean that this service is free of charge and really shouldn’t take too long at all, so you don’t have to be without it for too long!
It’s not romantic, but it is a very good idea to insure your ring. If you already have home or contents insurance, a quick phone call will allow them to add your ring to the policy – if not, there are plenty of independent companies that will insure your new rock for a good price.
Celebrate just the two of you
The whole engagement itself is such an exciting time but can become lost amid the flurry of phone calls and congratulations cards. Why not take some time to celebrate ‘officially’ with your partner, just the two of you at your favourite restaurant, and relax together.
Treat yourself to some wedmin stationery
Obviously, it’s essential that throughout the next months of planning you have your very own beautiful selection of wedding planning stationary so you can add ideas and capture inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes you. There are some stunning planners out there, and you can personalise them too! Don’t forget your Fluffy/Sparkly pen = essential!
Choose the time of year you’d like to get married
The exact date will come once you’ve made a decision on the ‘where’, but do give some thought to whether you feel summery vibes or a magical winter wedding would be perfect for you. The season will not only dictate the style of wedding you have, it will also have an effect on what is available. Summer is still the most popular time to get married and some venues are likely to be booked up several years in advance!!! If you do have a particular place in mind, you might have to be flexible and consider marrying at a different time of year.
Think about other factors that might influence your date too, do you have lots of guests with young children, will you be inviting them all to the