With February being romance month and love is in the air, many people decide to pop the question this time of year. Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year to propose, but what do you do after?
Here are all the things you NEED to know to kick-start your wedding planning process!
Spread the News
Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do after your engagement is tell people about it! Start at the top and work your way down – think parents, siblings, and grandparents first, either sharing the news in person or getting on the phone to tell them what’s just happened. Then, once your inner circle is up to date, you can head to social media with the perfect engagement post.
Get your Ring Sized & Insured
If the ring fits, great, and if not, you’ll want to take it ASAP to get it sized — especially if it’s falling off your finger.
Nothing can replace the sentimental value of your ring, but if something happens to it, at least you can get your money back. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, call to add the ring to your policy. If you don’t already have renter’s insurance, it can be cheaper to buy it and then add the ring.
Select A Date
The most desirable wedding dates and venues get booked far in advance so if you’re hoping to get hitched in the next year or two, it’s a wise idea to start thinking about dates now. Find out what works for both families and if there are any potential conflicts.
Consider the Numbers
Whether you’re going big or keeping it small, being on the same page about this one is so important. Get your family’s input if it matters to either of you or if they’ll be footing the bill. Once you’ve agreed on a rough guest count and budget, you can commit to a venue.
Choose Who Will Be in the Bridal Party
How many bridesmaids or groomsmen do each of you want? Are you cool with having odd numbers or is an even number a must? Does one of you (or both) want a brides-man or grooms-lady? Will you have a maid of honor or best man? No matter what, you need to discuss these things before one of you starts popping the question to friends.
Create a Pinterest board, Google Doc, save photos on Instagram, or create a folder on your computer to compile imagery of your favorite wedding elements. Keep it to yourself just for organizational purposes, or share with your wedding planner, mom, friends, fiancé, and whoever else to view and contribute!