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The 10 most important things to do when you get engaged.

You just said “YES,” now what comes next?! From your nails to your Netflix queue, we’ve got the 10 things you need to do as soon as that ring is on your finger!

  #1. Get your nails done – now!

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Ok, so this may be a vain thing to have at the top of this list, but here’s the thing: you’re going to be showing loads of people your newly adorned hand, taking hand selfies like it’s 2018, and staring at your finger for hours at a time. And so this brings us to the point -> head over to your favourite nail place and get those hands done right away. Once you’ve gotten the perfect manicure to show off your ring, go forth and flaunt! Don’t even consider being ashamed at staring at your shiny new toy.

#2. Brush up on your storytelling skills

Everyone (and we mean EVERYONE!) will want to hear how exactly he popped the question. Was it on a mountaintop? Was breakfast-in-bed involved? Was your ring baked into your favorite kind of cupcake? You better get down and get used to telling them over and over again. Part of the fun of getting engaged is sharing your story, so do whatever you need to do to make “So how did he do it?” a welcome question. Speaking of which….

#3. Get ready to answer the “when” and “where” questions

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After you tell the story, next up, everyone will want to know when and where your big day will happen. If you don’t have any idea yet, don’t freak out. Come up with a blanket statement that will keep friends and family off your back until you figure it out. Might we suggest, “We’re just really enjoying being engaged right now.” If they don’t take the hint, take ’em off the guest list. Just kidding…

#4. Start a wedding website

You’ll feel pretty overwhelmed at first, but at the same time, you’ll want to jump in and start planning everything right away. But you have plenty of time and plenty of stress ahead, so take a deep breath and let it all sink in first. BUT, we know that’s way easier said then done, so go ahead and knock out something easy: your wedding website. The best thing to start with is by documenting your proposal story on the site… look at that – you’re knocking out two things on this list at once! Go you. Not tech savvy – hire someone!

#5. Figure out a budget

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Boring, we know. But also very important! The sooner you set your budget the better, because you don’t want to blow the whole thing on your dream venue only to find you don’t have any money left to feed your guests! No one likes talking about money, so these conversations may be a little uncomfortable.

#6. Book your besties for a movie night

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… and we’re talking wedding movies! Another fun and easy way to dive into wedding planning without a ton of commitment is to get some serious wedding inspo in. Now’s the time to re-watch all your faves – Father of the Bride, My Best Friend’s WeddingThe Wedding Planner – and get some ideas for your own big day. Make a day/night of it with your squad and a couple bottles of wine!

#7. Answer the “when” and “where” question

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Yes, OK, so a minute ago we told you to answer all your friends and family with a blanket, noncommittal statement about the when and where of your upcoming nuptials. And while we still stand behind that, you and your groom-to-be should actually start figuring out a date and the type of venue you might want. Places book up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on something amazing because you took too long, staring at your ring. You know you’re doing it.

#8. Book your most important suppliers & vendors!

Totally selfish, but the bigger point is this… If you have vendors that you know you absolutely MUST have, you better bet there’s another bride out there who wants them too. Once you prioritize which vendors are most important (and which you are spending what amounts on – see #5!), book them ASAP. Otherwise they WILL get scooped up by someone else. We  provide a handy list of our preferred suppliers right here for your convenience.

#9. Hire a wedding planner or coordinator!

Yes, you are super excited to dive into planning your big day – you can’t wait to find the perfect dress, go cake tasting, plan your menu, ask your besties to be your bridesmaids… all of it. But the truth is, there is A LOT that goes into planning a wedding and pulling the whole thing off . A lot more than you probably realize. If you have a demanding job, or know you are going to have a particularly busy year; if you don’t have a great network of friends and family willing to help out or a fiancee that isn’t as fired up as you are, you should absolutely hire a wedding planner, or even just a coordinator who can help execute all the details when the big day rolls around. There are a ton of amazing ones out there who will make your life so much easier… Just do it.

#10. ENJOY BEING ENGAGED

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Planning and budgets and everything we just laid out is definitely important but seriously, the MOST important thing is that you just got engaged! You’ve never been happier. People are throwing you parties left and right. It’s AWESOME. Enjoy your fiancee, spend some down time together, go out and do fun stuff together, celebrate with your friends and family…. this only happens once in your life, so cherish every single second and don’t get too caught up in the details!