So, he’s popped the question, you’ve said yes and you’re officially engaged. Congratulations!
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It’s the most romantic time of your life, being betrothed to the one you love and eagerly planning what will be one of the most memorable days you’ll experience. Here are our top tips on what to do once he falls on bended knee.
Engagement ring shopping
If he didn’t slip an engagement ring on your finger when he proposed then it’s time to hit the jewellers and go ring shopping. If H2B is a modern man who fancies wearing an engagement ring too, then check out the very latest ‘mengagement rings’ and go for matching rings for extra sparkle!
Throwing an engagement party
Next up, it’s party time! Getting engaged is the perfect excuse to invite all your friends and family to a celebratory engagement party. If you love to throw a big bash, you’ll need to think about the usual: the venue, the decor, the food, invitations etc. You might also want to have a cake made and book a photographer for the party. It’s not every day you get engaged after all! If you are not into big parties, a small get-together at a restaurant or even at your place will be lovely and memorable, and you can make it very special by picking a theme or some glittering decor for the tables and the room.
Useful tip: many photographers will do an engagement photo session for free – it’s a good chance to test the one you may potentially hire for your wedding! Why not have him photograph your party, and keep those memories forever too!
Planning your wedding
So you’ve got the ring, you’ve thrown the party, it’s now time to name the date and actually start planning your wedding. You’ll probably find it useful looking online and in magazines for inspiration, help or advice along the way.
The very first thing on your wedding ‘To Do’ list should be to set a budget. You may also want to talk about a wedding theme or colour scheme and who you would like to ask to be your bridesmaids, while your fiancé should decide who he’d like to choose to be his best man and ushers.
Once you’ve set the date and agreed a budget you can book your venue. You should consider whether you’d like to have a religious wedding in a church or a civil wedding at a registry office, in a local licensed hotel or in another licensed wedding venue such as a stately home, castle, zoo or even sports ground. It’s a good idea to take out wedding insurance at this time as it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind should anything not go quite to plan.
The next important booking to make is your photographer. After that, the next steps are to decide on the type of invitations and matching stationery you would like, whether you intend to get creative and make your own or have personalised invitations printed for you, before you go in search of the wedding dress of your dreams. Then you’ll need to book your cake, entertainment and have fun finding your all-important venue décor.
Planning your wedding is lots of fun, and with a little help and inspiration from the experts you’ll have the wedding of your dreams, just the way you want it!
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.