Getting engaged is one of the most thrilling times of your life. Indeed, you’ve got the ring and the partner of your dreams, so now it’s time to pop the bubbly and celebrate all the amazing things ahead for you and your future spouse. 

While enjoying and basking in this celebratory life occasion, know there are certain things you’ll want to get done quickly, no matter how long you plan on being engaged. Here are several tips about how to tackle the next steps now that you’re about to tie the knot.

Finalize Your Guest List and Set a Budget

No sooner has your partner proposed than everyone is asking, “So, when’s the wedding?” While choosing a wedding date is your first big decision in a series of many other big decisions, it’s important to take a step back and do a little preliminary planning before you rush out and buy a dress. Since brides, on average, spend roughly $1,500 on their wedding dress , you don’t want to pick one out that you’ll later regret.

Ultimately, these and other important calls come down to finances, and finalizing your guest list is an important beginning step. The number of guests at your wedding will determine the type of venue where you can hold the ceremony and reception. Since weddings cost roughly $30,000, you’ll need to develop a budget sooner rather than later. Your budget can affect your guest list and the type of venue you can afford, so don’t make promises to your family about your invite list or your venue until you know where you stand financially.

Create Beautiful Save-the-Dates

Maybe you’ve always envisioned a winter wedding, but your partner loves the idea of a beach wedding. If that’s the case, you’ll need to work together to determine what time of year is best to hold your impending nuptials. Instead of picking one wedding date, choose several that could work, so you have more flexibility when you scope out the venues on your wishlist. 

Once you hone in on the perfect wedding date — and you’ve since selected the venue — choose custom save-the-dates that complement your wedding theme . While your invitations will be sent out in the months ahead, your save-the-dates will give your friends and family a taste of what to expect on your big day and an opportunity to share in the excitement.

Hit Pause on Updating Your Relationship Status

While you might want to run to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to tell the world you’re getting married and change your relationship status to “engaged,” sit tight for a minute and hit pause on any big relationship news . Some people, like your parents, extended family, siblings, and close friends, should hear about your engagement in-person. 

If you share your big news on social media too soon, you may cause hurt feelings in the process. Let everyone close to you have a chance to be a part of your joy. Plan a dinner out together or just stop by for a visit. Either way, you’ll be happy you took the time to make it a personal experience instead of something for them to catch in their news feed.

Enjoy Your Engagement

Getting engaged and dreaming about your wedding is exciting. But before you rush into anything, take a moment to determine and finalize your guest list, decide on a budget, and send out your save-the-dates to help your guests mark their calendars. And make sure not to let the cat out of the bag too soon and instead announce your big news in-person to close friends and family, so you can all celebrate the happy news together.


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