Firstly, congratulations to you both, time to enjoy some bubbly.
Here’s a simple planning guide so you can stay ahead of the game from start to finish. Remember to share, message and enjoy the whole experience. This may be a good time to have another drink too!
1. The Ring
The most special item to date in your to be journey. Enjoy walking around and show the ring off to everybody!
Don’t forget to get it insured, you don’t want anything to happen to such a thoughtful, sentimental, valuable item.
2. Feel special with your friends
Those that play the largest part of your life will be overjoyed to receive your news so let them know and start the celebrations early. Remember to enjoy the journey.
3. The social announcement
If you are going to do an announcement on any form of social media, savour the moment, and in particular the flood of emotions, wishes and ‘likes’ that will flow your way. Be ready for the big question: when’s the wedding?
4. Party time
It’s party time. Set a date in the diary to celebrate your amazing news with everyone. If you think you might be restricted on numbers for the wedding, then this is the time to go for it with your friends and their plus ones. According to ‘tradition’ those that are invited to the engagement drinks expect to receive a wedding invitation too. But in our modern world this is not the case.
5. When and where
Before you actually start thinking about setting the date, get a feel of what would work for your family and close friends (i.e. if there are any other weddings occurring in your group of friends or family). Think of the type of venue and requirements you would like – hotel, barn conversion, manor house, marquee, civil wedding with a pub reception? Follow your heart.
Making a list with reasons is helpful here. If you know exactly where you would like to get married, then have a think about the time of year at which your chosen venue will look its best.
6. Your dream team
Those first two people you call to screech ‘I’m engaged’ down the phone to will probably be your maid of honor and best man. Let them know over a drink and start getting excited about everything. Have a think about other friends that you want involved. Enjoy it – you’re putting together all your favourite people in the world. Don’t choose anyone because you feel that you have to. This wedding is about you two!
7. Perfect your smile
This is such a special moment so why not document it? Firstly, it will allow both of you to get used to the camera for the big day and be yourselves in front of the photographer. Think of this as a test run before the wedding – get your smiles ready.