Dec 29, 2008
The First Five Things To Do Now That He Has Popped the Question
#1 - If he's the one, then say "Yes", girl! And then enjoy the moment.
I can't emphasis this enough! So many brides get caught up in the planning right away and miss the moment. Talk about how wonderful life will be together and what your desires are for the future. Cherish this time together by finding your individual and common goals as a couple. Love each other, go on dates and savor the moment. Make a vow to always remember that despite the ups and downs of wedding planning, the reason you are getting married is more important than any decision about colors, flowers or cake!
#2 - Tell your parents
You should tell your parents you're getting married before anyone else. Both of you should be there and be sure it's in person - they'll have a chance to see your happiness up close, look at the rock, and start talking about the wedding. Traditionally the bride's parents know before the groom's do, but any order is really fine. Then share the news with a few close friends - the ones who are likely candidates for maid/matron of honor and best man, or definite attendants in some capacity.
#3 - Purchase a small notebook or journal if you don't already have one
This will be a time of ten thousand moments you won't want to forget, as well as some frustrating times that you'll need to vent about, and not necessarily to your fiance. The journal you keep while planning your wedding will not only help you through this time, but it will be something you cherish for the rest of your life.
#4 - Announce Your Engagement
Tell everyone the good news! There are many ways of doing this, and no way is more correct or better than another. Consider:
-Announcing your engagement in print publications
-Mailing announcements to your family and friends
-Creating a wedding website
#5 - Choose a Few Wedding Dates
Setting your wedding date will be one of the most important decisions you will make as you plan your wedding. Not only will it be the first question everyone will ask you, but you'd be surprised how difficult it will be to make any progress on planning your wedding without knowing the date. Choosing a few dates is smart because if you lock in on one date, other choices you have to make may be limited.
I don't want to overwhelm you...there's SO much to think about and right now you should just enjoy the moment. Next Monday, I'll share with you, tips on how to create a sensible budget and how to stick to it in the start of my "Define and Design Your Wedding Style" series. Be sure to tune in!
Congratulations, enjoy your engagement and Happy Planning!