Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you probably recently got asked the big question, or maybe you dropped to one knee and popped open that little ring box. Whatever the case, you’re engaged and it’s time to celebrate! After a few champagne toasts and calls to the folks, there are a few things you should do after getting engaged. These are the all-important activities to check off your list soon after posting all those ring selfies. 

6 Things to do After You Get Engaged

1. Take Your Time

With all of the adrenaline and excitement that comes with getting engaged, you’ll probably want to dive right into wedding planning, but it’s important to take your time, enjoy the moment and this chapter of your life. Don’t feel like you have to rush into anything. Make your announcements, post your #engaged pics, and celebrate with your fiancé. There is plenty of time to get into the details.

Related: 5 Fresh Ways to Announce Your Engagement

2. Ring Maintenance

If your engagement ring fits right out of the box, congrats, and kudos to your significant other! But if your fiancé miscalculated and your ring is a bit too big or small, no worries. Ring resizing is quite common and only takes a trip to the jeweler.

Engagement Ring Resizing Tips:

  • Your ring should fit comfortably snug. If it easily slips off, it’s too big, and if it’s uncomfortably tight, it’s too small. You should be able to slide it on with ease, but pull a little to get it off.
  • Rings made of silver, gold, and platinum can be resized, whereas tungsten and rose gold cannot.
  • Ask your jeweler if you can have the leftover metal that was cut from your ring. This will come in handy if you need to make your ring larger in the future.

Whether you need your engagement ring resized or not, you’ll definitely want to protect your precious gem by getting it insured as soon as possible. If your rock gets damaged, gets lost, or stolen, having it properly insured will provide financial protection and peace of mind.

To get wedding ring insurance you’ll need to choose a coverage provider, either through homeowner’s/renter’s insurance or through an independent company that offers jewelry insurance.

3. Pick the Date

One of the first questions you’ll get from friends and family is, “When is the wedding?” You likely won’t know right away and that’s okay, but it’s important to figure out your wedding date when you first start planning. Talk it over with your fiancé and family to find a date that works for both sides. Knowing the month, day, and season will help you later on when you’re shopping for venues. Plus, you won’t have to keep telling people, “I don’t know, but I’ll get back to you.”

4. Build the Budget

It’s not the most fun part of wedding planning, but it’s absolutely necessary. A wedding budget will act as a guide, help keep you on track, and allow you to build your dream event without breaking the bank

5. Look at the Big Picture

Before you start getting into the little things, like whether to have benches or chairs at your ceremony, you’ll want to map out the day and think bigger picture. For starters, create the guest list so you know what kind of venue will fit your needs, then choose the venue. From there, think about the big picture items, then pencil in the details. Wedding planning is kind of like a story: take the time to outline and “build the bones” (foundation) before putting in all the juicy details.

Related: Tips for Better Engagement Photo Sessions

6. Get Organized

I recommend printing off a 12-month wedding planning checklist (or find one in a wedding magazine) and start making a plan. Try and organize your inspiration and resources by keeping them all in one place so you know where to look. This can also help you see patterns and themes that can aid you or your wedding planner during the design phase.

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