Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Whoo hoo you said YES! You're engaged!! Congratulations! Getting married is such an exciting time. Enjoy it!
Once the initial adrenaline has worn off from the proposal, here are 5 things you should think about right after getting engaged...
1) Tell Your Family and Friends Before Posting on Social Media
It is SO tempting to post a photo of your new sparkly ring and fiancé. You want everyone to know! BUT...let me tell you why it's best to wait a few days before taking to Instagram...
It is seriously SO MUCH more enjoyable to tell your friends and family individually and see their reactions. Plus, I'm sure they're in the loop already so they should be the first to know. I also recommend waiting a bit to share on social media. Sure you will get a lot of likes on your photo, but you'll never see their initial excitement and share that exciting "jumping up and down" moment with them.
For us, we waited a whopping 9 months to post on social media and told every single person and family member either in person or over the phone. It was a blast even months later celebrating with people we haven't seen and it helped us relive our excitement all over again.
Not everyone in your life uses social media or checks it regularly. Sure you want your friends to know you're engaged, but what about your older relatives? They should have dibs on the information and will be upset if they hear it from someone else.
This happens with friends too who may have a long shift at work or you didn't make it on their newsfeed. I know I had a friend who was upset our mutual friend got engaged and she had to see it on social media before being told personally.
It's not a race. Think about the feelings of your friends and family members and announce accordingly.
2) Get Your Nails Done
This will be by far the most you'll ever show your hands to people, so it's worth investing in a nice manicure to show off your new bling.
3) Decide If You Need Ring Insurance
You know yourself best...are you constantly loosing things? For my best friend, her fiancé got a premium ring insurance policy because they knew she is always loosing things. This is a huge piece of property for you, so insure it properly, especially if you're prone to accidents.
4) Book Your Engagement Photo Session
When you do decide to announce your engagement on social media, what better than with beautiful, professional engagement photos! This will be that WOW moment and if you do want people to notice this life changing event, make it pop.
Engagement photos are my favorite to photograph because you can customize them to your personality as a couple. It's all about capturing the love and connection between you both, not just your ring. I also love when couples include their pets into their photos as it really pulls together your life in a photo. Plus, taking engagement photos teaches you the best poses, saving your time during your wedding day and allowing for more natural pictures.
In the Nashville area and want to have take completely natural and beautiful engagement photos with me? Contact me here.
5) Enjoy the Moment
Before the craziness of wedding planning begins, take some time to bask with your new fiancé and take it in. There is usually no need to jump into flower arrangements and catering menus right away, so enjoy being engaged. You'll be married for the rest of your life and you can and will strain your eyes from scrolling through pages and pages of cake toppers (been there).
Stare at your ring, spend time together, and enjoy this amazing present moment.
*Want to have AMAZING engagement photos that truly show the love and connection between you and your partner? I'd love to help! Capturing love through photographs is one of my favorite things to do and I work with my couples to ensure each session is specially catered to you and your relationship.
This is such an exciting and perfect time to have photos of you both to share with your friends and family to announce your engagement.
Spots in the warmer months can fill quickly, so I recommend booking your session as soon as possible.