You’ve just been proposed to and announced it to the whole world on social media, so now what? Where do you begin? Firstly, have you changed your status on Facebook from Single to Engaged?
Great, well now that that is sorted, here are a few more things to tick off the list to ensure you sleep soundly at night.
- Enjoy the moment
Being engaged is one of the best feelings in the world. For the first few weeks, just take time to enjoy knowing that you are truly adored and bask in the glow of all the congratulatory phone calls and champagne. Don’t rush into organising the big day just yet; there will be enough time for that later.
- Insure your engagement ring
If it hasn’t already been done make sure you get your engagement ring insured as soon as you can. Affinity Diamonds will have provided you with a valuation certificate that you will need to give to your insurer. There are typically two ways to insure your engagement ring. Either under your contents or combined home and contents insurance policy, or through specialised jewellery insurance such as QReport. Choose whichever suits you best but get it done!
- Ring holders
To wear or not to wear, that is the question! We have discussed in depth when and when not to wear your engagement ring, but whatever you decide make sure you invest in a couple of ring holders. You can place one on your dresser and the other by the kitchen sink for when you are doing the dishes or cooking up a storm for your new fiancé. Not only will it save your sparkly new ring from any unwanted dirt and oils but it will also avoid knocks from frypans, knives and other hard objects in the kitchen.
- Where, When, What and How?
Now that you have had a chance to enjoy the excitement of being engaged, it’s time to start making some of the more difficult decisions. Sit down with a glass of vino and calmly discuss with your fiancé the type of wedding that would make you both happy. From the wedding venue and type of ceremony you have always dreamed of, to the theme, season you want to get married in, and number of bridesmaids/groomsmen you want in your wedding party. Get it all out on the table now.
- Plan your budget and outline your guest list
These two tend to go hand in hand as the more people you have, the higher your budget will need to be. If parents from both sides are contributing to the wedding, they will want to be a part of the budget discussions and guest list. Be upfront about your priorities and where you want to spend the money.
- Do your research and book vendors early
Spend time on social media and Pinterest looking for wedding inspiration. There are tons of online magazines and blogs that specialise in weddings as well as posts from friends and friends of friends who are showcasing their nuptials. They usually list their vendors and certain names will keep popping up helping you decide which would suit your dream wedding best. Once you have decided on your theme and who your ideal vendors are, see some of their work in person (if you can) and then book them early.
- Wedding gift registry
There are some fabulous online registries that narrow down the best and trendiest products for a couple starting their life together, making it very easy to pull together your gift selection. Alternatively, you might prefer to do this in store and test out the products in person, which can make for a fun weekend activity for you and your fiancé leading up to the wedding. Guests will find it far easier picking from your preselected list than having to come up with something themselves!
- Spend fun time together
Don’t get too caught up in the stress of organising the wedding. Put things into perspective – it’s a really special time – so enjoy the process as much as possible. Make sure you spend quality time together talking about things other than the wedding, and simply having fun. The best is yet to be!
For more tips on what to do next or to book an obligation free consultation with one of our Diamond merchants at our Affinity Diamonds Castlereagh Street boutique, phone us on (02) 99210717 or request a booking with us online.