Once you say “YES”, many questions will start popping in your head! And not that you are engaged you are probably thinking what do I do next?
Don't feel too overwhelmed, make sure you know what you are doing every step of the way, from announcing your engagement to dealing with long period engagement, we are here to help you out!
Every bride and groom look for some sort of advice when they first make their relationship official, but with all the opinions surrounding them, it is easy to feel lost and confused.
Here is everything you need to know about the trickiest engagement situations and the dos and don'ts of this special period.
First Things Firsts
Here are the most important things you should do once he proposes:
- Announce It: Let all your friends and family know about the great news.
- Get a Manicure: Everyone will want to see your ring, so get a manicure and show it off the right way.
- Brainstorm for Fun: Start dreaming with your partner about your big day, tell him what you’ve always imagined your wedding to be like, and let him do the same.
- Set Your Wedding Date: It will help you start planning early.
- Use the Checklist: Create an account on Arabia Weddings and start using the checklist tool that has all the tasks that you need to do for your wedding.
If you’re a bride who wants to always do what’s right, here are 3 tips to help you out:
- Who to Tell First: Once he proposed you will want to tell everyone you know, but the first people who should know about your engagement are your parents, you can later on tell the rest of your family and friends.
- Not Loving Your Engagement Ring?: Now that he proposed you’re taking another look at the ring he bought you, and you hate it…What to do? Tell him, you can go together and pick one you actually like at an equal price, if you feel that he might be hurt, then wait a few months before discussing the issue.
- Who Attends What: Once you send an invitation to your engagement, bridal shower, or save the dates to anyone you will have to invite them to your wedding.
Dealing with Long Period Engagements
Long-period engagement can have positive and negative sides, there can be times when you face more difficulties in keeping a healthy relationship and focusing on future wedding plans. But to help you out here are a few tips that every couple in a long engagement should know.
- Don’t Pretend: Long-period engagements will let you know your partner more and give you more time to think about your life with him/her. If you feel you are changing certain parts of your life and even dreams and goals just because they don’t fit well with your partner, then you should probably know this is a sign that you’re not happy. So instead try discussing this issue with your partner, tell him/her how you feel and maybe you can both meet halfway.
- Don’t Wait for Perfect Circumstances: Don’t wait for the perfect time in both your lives to get married, and keep postponing your wedding day because it doesn’t fit in your schedules, life moves on and there is always something going on, so if you love each other and want to get married, why wait?
- Include Your Families: Your family members especially older ones, have been waiting for you to get married your whole life! So they might feel like outsiders and even a bit upset if you ignore their advice and don’t ask for help in planning the wedding. So be considerate and let everyone show you how much they care.
- Avoid Awkward Situations: Your single life is no longer the same once you’re engaged, for example, your ex messaged you out of the blue? Make sure you let them know you are engaged and inform your partner about your actions, be honest, and don’t put yourself in compromising situations.
- Don’t Start Inviting People: You might be excited about the wedding but don’t start inviting people without having an idea what your wedding plans or budget are.
- Don’t Give Your Parents The Green Light: We are not saying that you shouldn’t include them in the planning, but some parents can take control over the whole wedding! Talk with your fiancé first, then discuss your options with your parents and give them the tasks that you would like them to do for you.
- Don’t Buy the First Wedding Dress You See: Keep your options open, give yourself time, and think about what you really want. If you like the first wedding dress you tried on, ask to put it on hold until you see more options and decide on the final dress.