After you say YES! – Hannah H.

After you say YES!

How exciting you are now engaged! What is the first step to take? Well you are in luck; we have 12 steps that you need to do right when you say yes!!!

1. Call Your Relatives (Even the Ones You Never Really Talk to)

Sharing the exciting news with world! How do you do this? We all know how easy it would be to send a text, update your status or even put it one twitter, but this is a very big engagement no-no. You need to pick up the phone and call your family; no one likes to find out last. So set a time where you have a few hours to sit down and crank out those calls, you could even have your mom and some friends help you. Obviously the best thing to do would be for you and your future husband to make the calls.

2. Get Your Ring Sized

Your stunning ring is absolutely perfect in everyway, except for maybe a little bit of wiggle room, or maybe it is even a little on the tight side. No need to worry, just make sure you go in and get it resized ASAP, after all you will be showing it off to everyone, and you want it to look perfect! Sometimes the process can take a few hours or maybe even just a few short days, either way it will be worth it.

3. Get Your Ring Insured

Nothing can replace the sentimental value of your ring, but if there were something that was to happen to it, at least you can get your money back, and be able to get another ring.

4. Set the Date, Even if It’s Not the Date

After the “congratulations” and “let me see your ring” here’s what everyone will ask next, “When’s the wedding?” To save you and your future husband much headache, come p with a vague-yet-specific answer like, we are shooting for fall of 2013 or next summer. This way people feel like they are in the loop, and they can make a mental note. Plus then you can start planning!

5. Blog

Now that you’ve told everyone that good news, set up a wedding site or blog to keep everyone apprised of your nuptial news. Post photos, write you’re “how we met” story, have a guestbook- make it as personal and interactive as you want. This way you can also have a digital version of maps and your invitation. Your family and guest will love being able to keep track of what you are doing if they can’t be with you during the process.

6. Daydream (a LOT)

Get a bunch of wedding magazines, watch Father of the Bride for feel-good tears, and look at maps for honeymoon ideas, blog-stalk engagements sites and Glamour weddings, even pinterst. Give yourself permission to let your brain turn into its own wedding channel. If you have been planning your wedding since you were 5, like every other girl that is OK, now is the perfect time to collect the ideas. Do what inspires you and learn what you want-and don’t want- in your wedding.

7. Plan a Night Out With Just Your Fiancé

Until the celebrations and parties and wedding are finally over, there’s not going to be much “just the tow of you” moments. When you do go out or just have a lovely dinner at home make sure you are not talking about wedding details. Yes there is a ton to do, but for now, it’s perfectly OK to hit the town and celebrate – just you and him.

8. Get a Wedding Planner

No, not a wedding planner person- a least not yet. Get and iPhone app, a datebook, a calendar or some kind of keep-organized device to help you create a timeline major wedding- related tasks. While you are at it, pick up a wedding-planning binder to keep all those inspirational ideas you found.

 9. Think About Whether You Want a Wedding Coordinator, or if you Want to Go It Alone

Don’t feel bad about asking for help when it comes to some details that you cannot manage. This can really help with the stress of everything, Do keep in mind that a wedding coordinator will cost extra money, so make sure you budget before you give it serious consideration.

 10.  Start a Wedding Savings Account

Remember that even a simple small wedding costs money (and   sometimes a lot more money than you would ever imagine.) A wedding savings account is an easy way to keep cash accumulation for the big day, so you don’t have to rely on the plastic credit card and have to pay that off later.

11. Ask Your Parents (and His) for Their Ideal Guest Lists

Before you start putting a number on how many guests you want, it’s time to ask both your parents about whom they’d most want to invite. Be sure to tell them this is just a preliminary list and things might change- it’s on paper and it’s not set and stone. You want them to feel like they had some part in who was invited.

12. Chill out and Have Fun!

Take time to relax, get a massage, and sleep in when you can. This is an once-in-a-lifetime event purely about you and your fiancé. You are allowed to enjoy it!

With these helpful little tips we hope that when you say yes, you will be completely at ease.You are suppose to enjoy your wedding not want it to be over, so enjoy every minute of it!!!

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