You proposed or accepted the proposal... now what?
Valentine's Day marks the end of engagement season, so if you're recently engaged, congratulations! We're excited to be a part of your planning process as you find inspiration and make the decisions that will lead to your picture-perfect wedding day.
Being engaged is an exciting time full of planning, congratulatory events, and bliss; however, there are some things that you'll have to iron out before you walk down the aisle. While there's likely a lot on your mind – from the new things you'll learn about being engaged to the main questions you'll have after saying "yes" – we've gathered some of our best advice for engaged couples, as well as tips from wedding professionals and real couples.
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Discover 10 things you may want to know after getting engaged, below:
1. Before you do anything (besides calling your parents and close friends, of course), find out what not to do after getting engaged.
2. Similarly, discover what no one tells you about getting engaged.
3. Decide how you're going to announce your engagement. Tell your parents, siblings, and closest friends in person or over the phone first, and then decide how you're going to share on social media.
4. Be prepared! There's nothing more fun than finally being able to buy the things engaged people buy. From ring boxes to wedding organizers, find out what to buy once you get engaged.
5. After saying "yes" to one of the most important questions of your life, you likely have a lot of questions of your own. Discover this wedding planner's answers to six popular questions after getting engaged.
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7. Hire your wedding photographer and ask about an e-session. Many photographers and newlyweds suggest that you get engagement photos taken to practice for the wedding, have memorable images of the happy time, and incorporate them into your save-the-date cards.
8. Now that you have a beautiful sparkling diamond on your finger, it's important to learn how to take care of your engagement ring.
9. Since you and your spouse-to-be will soon be married, it's important to discuss some topics that you may not have covered while you were dating – one of the biggest being details about your finances, money language, and spending habits.
10. Get advice! Ask your family, friends, and coworkers to share their experiences about being a bride- or groom-to-be. For more advice (and if none of your friends are engaged), get advice from past brides featured in the pages of Inside Weddings and on InsideWeddings.com.
For more tips, find out how to handle invasive questions after you get engaged, discover expert ways to make your wedding memorable, and learn tips on throwing a winter engagement party. View hundreds of real weddings here, and gather inspiration from our photo galleries.