You put a lot of time and thought into your proposal, so we understand the need for a breather shortly after she says “yes.” As much as we’d love to tell you that it’s time to relax and conserve your energy, you’re not off the hook just yet. There are some common things most newly engaged couples go through and, while most are exciting, some of them can certainly be overwhelming. Because of that, we wanted to share a list of things to be prepared for so you know what’s up next for you and your partner for life!
1. You’ll get asked for the proposal story over and over. And over.
2. People will immediately ask you when the wedding date is.
It’s shocking how quickly the wedding detail questions come. While I know it may not be a conversation you want to jump into one day after the proposal, it might be worth it to go over a few basics (like timeframe and location) so you’re on a unified front to answer all of your friends and family.
3. You’ll start to plan sooner than you think.
A lot of couples say “we’re in no rush” or decide to take planning slow. While we absolutely understand that sentiment, per tip number two, plans get talked about sooner than you think. You’ll start to realize that seasons or other big events dictate timeframe and weather affects the location.
4. Venues and vendors book up quickly.
Another reason planning should happen fairly early is there is a lot of competition for venues and vendors, like photographers, florists and videographers. In some cases, a popular venue could be booked 18-24 months out, so it pays to explore your options early!
5. People will want to get you gifts, so register fast.
This last one doesn’t sound too bad, does it? The one thing we’ll warn you about is it’s much better to get a gift you actually want than one you’ll politely thank your great aunt for but will never, ever use. That’s the purpose of a registry, and while most people think it’s used for the actual wedding only, it’s actually widely used for engagement gifts and showers.
We’ll leave you with one last bit of advice: Wedding planning can be a lot of things—fun, stressful, creative, amazing! It’s not every day that you get to plan an incredibly special day dedicated to you and your lifelong partner, so always remind yourself that it is worth every minute.