You’re absolutely thrilled: your sweetheart just proposed with the diamond engagement ring of your dreams, and you greeted his proposal with a resounding yes. You can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with your love…
But before you can get started on happily ever after, there are a few obstacles standing in your way: namely, wedding planning.
Whether this is your first engagement or your third, here’s the ultimate guide on what to do after getting the diamond engagement ring.
Have “The Talk”
Once you’ve shown off your new diamond engagement ring to your adequate satisfaction (believe us, the thrill never goes away!), it’s time to have an honest discussion with your sweetheart about when and where you’d like to get married. Traditionally, the wedding ceremony is in the bride’s hometown; however, modern couples can choose between an array of options, including eloping and destination weddings. Ask your honey what he wants from the wedding ceremony, and share your opinions with him.
Remember, this day is about the two of you – so don’t shrug off his ideas and wishes just because you think it should be “your” day.
Come Up With a Timetable
Now that you have the location and style of the wedding ceremony ironed out, it’s time to come up with a timetable that will help you manage everything you need to do. Based on when you and your sweetheart want to get married, set up a calendar countdown to your wedding. Be sure that your timetable prioritizes the biggest tasks you need to get out of the way: booking the locations for your ceremony and reception. Ideally, you should space out your wedding planning so that you won’t be overwhelmed by all that there is to do.
Come Up with a Budget Spreadsheet
Sure, it’s not necessarily the most romantic part of what to do after getting a diamond engagement ring – but having a firm figure in mind for your wedding budget will help prevent any nasty invoice surprises down the line. Have a talk with your honey and determine the exact amount you’ll contribute to the wedding. If you want your parents and future in-laws to contribute, approach them with a budget range that works for them. Be sure to tell them exactly what their money will be going towards, as they’ll want to know what they’re paying for. Traditionally, the in-laws pay for the rehearsal dinner.
No matter what your timeline, be sure to enjoy your new diamond engagement ring. Being engaged is a very sweet moment in your relationship, and you should savor it for as long as you want!