With engagement season generally happening between December to February, over 40 % of couples will pop the question during this time. Alongside Christmas and New Year, Valentines day is another one of the most popular days to get engaged. With a day that is already romantic and about love, what better way to gain a sparkly new engagement ring, as well as a bouquet of gorgeous red roses and maybe a box of your favourite chocolates! If you’re a true romantic then today is the perfect day for this.
Any day that someone proposes is pretty special and if you are one of the lucky ones that gained a new sparkler today, many congratulations! You’re engaged to be married! Now what happens next?
First things first, you’ll want to enjoy your engagement. It’s probably all a bit surreal at the moment and there are so many things to think about. Although you’re going to be planning a pretty special event in your lives and probably want to have the wedding that you’ve always dreamed of, sit back for a while, and really enjoy the fact that you just got engaged.
So what next?
Tell your family and friends
You’re probably bursting to tell the world, you want to announce it all on Instagram and Facebook. Before doing this, tell your parents first. It means so much more via a phonecall or in person than them finding out via your social media updates. Then ring your key friends and let them know. Avoid posting on social media for a few days so you can enjoy the moment together just the two of you, before the posting updates commence!
Take time to be together and celebrate
Once all the congratulations cards have come in, the phone calls have slowed down and people have stopped popping in to see your sparkler, take time to do things together. A dinner, a weekend away, a walk in the country. Just be you and enjoy your time as a couple. Most of all, celebrate together. When you’ve done all this, then of course, you’ll want to celebrate with family and friends. There’s plenty of time to drink that bubbly!
Get your ring insured and resized if needed
With a quick phonecall, add your ring to your home and contents insurance if you already have this or find a suitable insurance provider that will insure your ring for you. You do not want to lose that lovely new sparkler. If it is a little bit loose, ensure you take it to your local jewellers who will be more than happy to resize it for you.
Look after your hands
Ok, so maybe not so obvious, but if you’re showing off your gorgeous new ring then you will want your hands to be in tip top condition. Start with a regular manicure and a natural nude nail polish so as to not detract away from your diamond. After all, your ring is the star of the show at the moment!
Take a moment to breathe!
That’s right, there’s no rush to go full steam ahead into the wedding planning. Have a few weeks away from this before you start to even think about it. You don’t want to have to worry about all of that overwhelm and planning at this stage. Enjoy just being you, and don’t rush into any quick decisions. You can decide that date in a few weeks!
When you have had those few weeks to yourself to enjoy the engagement, you may want to think about planning an engagement party. My party planning service could be just the thing to kickstart this for you. If you would rather go straight ahead with planning your big day, go take a look at my wedding services page to see how we can make this a reality for you.
Keep a look out for further tips on what to do next following your engagement news.