Congratulations! You’re engaged! What now?
First of all, congratulations on your engagement! I’m a romantic at heart and I do love a good love story. Now that you are engaged the fun begins. So what are the things that you need to do first, where do you start and how much time do you need?
The length of an engagement is completely the decision of the couple. Wedding planning takes time and sometimes life gets in the way. An engagement on average lasts between 14 and 18 months. It takes around 250 and 300 hours to plan a wedding and can be really stressful.
78% of brides wish they had hired someone professional to help and in 2015 a survey by You and your wedding found that the average cost of a wedding was £20,500.
What to do now you are engaged?
So first things first, enjoy the moment. You just got engaged! Yay you! Enjoy it!
You have the opportunity to plan the wedding you have dreamed of and it is all very exciting, but make sure you savor the moment and allow yourself to get caught up in the romance of it all before the planning kicks in. Remember, this is only the start of your fairy-tale, you are not Cinderella, your wedding day is only a small part of your story.
Get your ring insured – don’t let anything stop you from enjoying the moment. I know it sounds boring and a bit mundane but there is nothing like a ring down the drain or a lost stone to ruin your mood. On the plus side you could end up with another meerkat.
Get a manicure, I know, any excuse but everyone will want to see your ring from friends and family, to work colleges, even strangers who happen to hear you mention you just got engaged. People love a sparkly ring so get your nails done and show it off! It gives you a chance to talk about your plans and your day.
Pick a season. If you don’t already have a vision of your day in your head, picking a season will help you. It will give you an idea of a theme, of colours and of flowers. Whether it is a lavish winter wonderland or an intimate outdoor affair full of beautiful summer blooms.
Many brides are now using Pinterest will help gather inspiration for their day. It is full of wonderful ideas ready for you to borrow. The season will also influence your colour choices as well as your dress, you don’t want fur in the height of summer!
Agree a budget. It’s not the most exciting part of planning your wedding but it is important and the English don’t find talking money very easy. Set your budget and know who is contributing to what and how much. Having the conversation now will save awkward conversations later on down the line. It will also help guide you when it comes to venue.
Book your venue and anyone who is in demand. If you are not flexible with your dates it’s important to book early. Some venues and suppliers get booked up very quickly, if you have your heart set on somewhere or someone, you may have to be flexible. I hope this has helped you to know what to do now you are engaged.
And don’t forget, drop me a line and tell me how he, or she, popped the question. I would love to hear from you.