by Cherelle Joseph - founder of 'Perfectly Planned 4 You', a London-based wedding planner creating exceptional weddings for style-conscious couples.
Did you know? More people get engaged in the seven weeks between Christmas and Valentine’s Day than at any other time of the year? It’s Engagement Season and, as wedding planners, we love it! But whatever time of year you get engaged, after you’ve told your mum (and Instagrammed your sparkler several times!) what do you need to do next?
INSURE YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING
You’re likely to be wearing the most expensive item of jewellery you’ll ever own, so make sure it’s correctly protected (this is worth a blog of its own). Get your fiance to keep the receipt somewhere safe and find a good insurer. I am reliably informed that an independent specialist jewellery insurer is best (especially if your ring is made specially for you). There are a few good companies and they can be found online. Minimise your chances of losing it by getting it resized if it’s a little bit loose.
SET AN APPROXIMATE DATE
One of the first, and most often asked, questions you will hear is “have you set a date?” The easiest solution is to be precise enough to avoid further questions or unwanted advice, but vague enough that you can change things later. Decide on a standard answer like “we are thinking about next summer”.
TELL IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN PERSON
Your engagement warrants more than a few social media posts. Your nearest and dearest will want to share the excitement in person so make an effort to phone or visit those who are important to you so you can give them the opportunity to congratulate you and see the sparkle on your ring for themselves.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before you make any plans you need to know (and agree) on what sort of wedding you want. Big or small? UK or abroad? Winter or summer? Day or night? Religious or civil? Flick through magazines, browse Pinterest together and talk about weddings you’ve been to and why you did or didn’t enjoy them. You may have been stashing wedding ideas away safely for years, but it’s possible your other half hasn’t thought beyond the engagement, so talk about it together.
FIND A WEDDING PLANNER (TA DAH!)
Talk to a wedding planner to see what sort of help you will need for your wedding. It may be that you just want assistance finding a venue that no one else has used before, or designing a wedding theme you can use to give your event a stylish and coordinated look. You might want someone to negotiate with all your major suppliers, or just to oversee everything on the day so you don’t have to worry - whatever it is, a good wedding planner will tailor a package to suit your needs.
We’re not going to lie - even when done on a budget, weddings will still cost a pretty penny. Start saving now, so you won’t have to compromise on those things that are paramount to you. Remember that, as important as it is, your wedding represents only a tiny amount of time in your married life. Keep your budget sensible so you can still do things like eat and pay rent while you’re saving for your wedding.
It’s easy for couples to get carried away when they first get engaged. We say dream big, but remember that your wedding is not about having the tallest wedding cake or the most individual dress for the sake of it, it’s about creating a wonderful atmosphere where your family and friends can come together to celebrate the start of your marriage.
Cherelle is the founder of Perfectly Panned 4 You. She is a certified Destination Wedding Specialist and has a Diploma in International Events & Wedding Planning. Most recently Cherelle has completed a course in Events Design at University of Arts London: Central Saint Martins.
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