So, he’s popped the question, you’ve said yes and you’re officially engaged. Congratulations!
It’s the most romantic time of your life, being betrothed to the one you love and eagerly planning the happiest day of your life. Here are our top tips on what to do once you are engaged to be married.
Engagement ring(s) 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. Looking online before you go is a great idea or you may even want to have a bespoke ring specially designed. And if you’re a modern man who fancies wearing an engagement ring too then be 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. You’ll need to think about: invitations, a venue, food and drink, entertainment and venue décor. 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.
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. Unless you’ve planned a wedding before (or even if this is your second time around) you’ll look for inspiration and help or advice along the way. That’s where Confetti comes in. When you join Confetti we’ll give you access to your own easy to use online wedding planning tools, including your personal budget planner, table planner and to do list. Our wedding consultants are experts at event planning and venue styling and a great resource if you haven’t booked a personal wedding planner so take advantage. You can also email our in‐house wedding expert and agony aunt, Ask Emma any question concerning your wedding planning and she’ll send you back a completely confidential email full of advice.
If your wedding date is set for summertime or is a year or more away, then you should send out Save the Date cards to ensure your friends and family keep that date free and don’t book their summer holiday for that week.
The very first thing on your wedding To Do list should be to set a budget. Once you know how much you can spend then you can get on and book everything and have some real fun with your wedding planning. Decide on an overall theme or colour scheme and who you would like to ask to be your bridesmaids, chief bridesmaid, flower girls or even best woman. Your fiancé needs to decide who he’d like to choose to be his best man and ushers. You might want to have a night out or a dinner party where you ask these people to be part of your bridal party.
Once you’ve set the date and agreed a budget you can book your venues. If you’d like a church wedding then you should make an appointment to see your local vicar. The phone number for the church office will be advertised on the board outside the church and also online. If it’s a civil wedding you’re planning then you should decide whether you’d like to marry at a register 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 fun to visit a couple of venues to compare rooms and rates until you get a feel for the one that’s right for you. Ask the venues about room hire charges, capacity, catering, and if they offer food and wine sampling. Don’t pay the full charge until after your wedding day but do pay a deposit and ask for a contract to protect your booking. 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 quite go to plan.
The next important booking to make is your photographer. Do your research online and then go to meet them before making your booking. Ask about digital photography, black and white and reportage style shots as well as the more formal traditional group shots.
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 at Confetti you’ll have the wedding of your dreams, just the way you want it.