15 Things to Buy Once You Get Engaged

Discover what to shop for after you accept a proposal!

You've found the love of your life, they proposed, and now you're engaged! While you have a lot to prepare for your wedding day, there are some items you can cross off your list early to make everything go smoothly in the months ahead.

Photo: John Solano Photography

You've found the love of your life, they proposed, and now you're engaged! While you have a lot to prepare for your wedding day, there are some items you can cross off your list early to make everything go smoothly in the months ahead.

From a ring box to keep your sparkler safe to an organizer that will help you keep everything straight, we have gathered a list of products you may want to purchase after saying "yes!" If you have some down time between finding a venue, hiring a wedding planner, and choosing your flowers, consider purchasing a dress for your bridal shower, a wedding-day emergency kit, or your honeymoon attire. Having these pieces on hand – with some ready to go before you actually need them – will help you stress less and keep you busy during the first few weeks of your engagement bliss!

engagement ring in emerald green velvet ring box

Photo by Vue Photography

Shop the 15 items below by clicking on each of the photos! These products also make for great gifts for your newly engaged friends.

1. Ring Box
You have a brand-new sparkling diamond engagement ring, and it's important to keep it safe when you must take it off. Purchase a ring tray, stand, or box that will ensure its safety and keep it on display.

Velvet The Mrs. Box ring box with engagement rings

The Mrs. Box, $88 from BHLDNbhldn.com

2. Wedding Planner & Organizer
Whether or not you'll be hiring a wedding planner, it's important to stay organized! Be sure to buy a planner that will help you keep track of the guest list, your hopes and dreams for the special day, and so much more.

Mindy Weiss The Wedding Planner and Organizer

“The Wedding Planner & Organizer” by Mindy Weiss, $29.95; mindyweiss.com and amazon.com

3. Massage with Your Fiancé(e)
Take some time to soak up your new engaged status and spend some time just the two of you! Go to a romantic dinner, get a massage, or spend a weekend away celebrating your soon-to-be marriage.

massage at spa at the ocean club a four seasons resort bahamas
Photo courtesy of The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas

4. Bridal-Shower Dress
While the bridal shower won't occur until closer to your wedding day, it's okay to start looking for an outfit now! Many brides choose to wear white, but you can also wear your favorite color, "something blue," or a romantic print.

Milo dress X Revolve by House of Harlow bridal shower dress ideas
"Milo" dress, $178 by House of Harlow 1960revolve.com

5. Wedding-Day Emergency Kit
It's never too early to start preparing for what could go wrong on your wedding day. A day-of emergency kit will help keep stress levels low knowing you have prepared for stains, pain, and more. 

Bridetastic wedding day emergency kit

“Bridetastic” deluxe wedding emergency kit, $80 by Pinch Provisionsdavidsbridal.com

6. Gift for Your Groom
Traditionally, the bride gives her groom a gift on the morning of the wedding and vise versa. Whether you choose to gift a watch, a homemade box of sentimental details from your relationship, or a new tie, it's something he'll never forget.

Patek Phillipe watch wedding day groom gift ideas

“Calatrava” watch, price upon request by Patek Philippegearys.com

7. Gifts for the Bridal Party
Similarly, the bride can also give a gift to her bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding. Something unique to each woman or a set of presents that unites each of the gals will be appreciated and show your gratitude for their help throughout the process.

whitfield necklace from bhldn bridesmaid gift ideas

“Whitfield” necklace, $48 by Tai from BHLDNbhldn.com

8. Rehearsal-Dinner Outfit
Many brides choose to also wear white for their rehearsal dinner, but the ensemble is usually a much more casual dress, pantsuit, or jumpsuit.

Low back rehearsal dinner outfit idea intrigue gown from Revolve by Katie May

“Intrigue” gown, $295 by Katie Mayrevolve.com

9. Getting-Ready Robe
You'll want the perfect getting-ready photos, and a beautiful robe that you love will be just what you need to make your pre-wedding imagery look absolutely stunning – and you can wear it long after the wedding day.

Spell knee length kimono flower print robe pretty plum sugar

“Spell” knee-length kimono robe, $68 by Plum Pretty Sugarplumprettysugar.com

10. Day-Of Jewelry
Choosing the jewelry pieces you'll wear on your wedding day is almost as important as choosing your veil. From earrings, to necklaces, to bracelets, ask your bridal stylist what will look best with your overall ensemble.

Yellow gold and pearl bracelet from David Yurman

“Solari” single-station bracelet in 18K gold with diamonds and pearl, $1,400 by David Yurmannordstrom.com

11. Wedding-Day Accessories
While you won't be holding a purse throughout the entire day, it is important to have a clutch for your lipstick, oil-blotting pads, and other necessities. Your bridesmaids or wedding planner can hold on to this for you to ensure everything stays safe.

Jean Mrs Box Clutch by Edie Parker wedding day accessories mother of pearl clutch
"Jean Mrs." box clutch, $1,295 by Edie Parkernordstrom.com

12. Something Blue
You've heard the saying – "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" – and now it's time to find those elements to include on your wedding day. There are many ways to feature "something blue," but jewelry is a favorite amongst many brides-to-be.

Blue aquamarine earrings with diamonds something blue wedding ideas

Aquamarine and diamond drop earrings in 14K white gold, $2,700 by Bloomingdale’sbloomingdales.com

13. Wedding Shoes
While they won't likely show underneath your bridal gown, your wedding shoes will be one of the details photographed before the wedding begins! It's important to choose a comfortable style that's also beautifully bridal.

Badgley Mischka white wedding shoe bridal shoe ideas

“Dawn” crystal-back d’Orsay pump, $245 by Badgley Mischkanordstrom.com

14. Wedding-Night Attire
From sexy lingerie to a sweet, sensual robe, your wedding-night attire is meant to make you feel absolutely stunning and celebrate your relationship as husband and wife.

Claire Pettibone lingerie la scala lace robe

“La Scala” robe, $2,950 by Claire Pettibone Heirloom; clairepettibone.com

15. Honeymoon Outfits
No matter where you're headed on your honeymoon, it's never too early to start planning your outfits. From swimsuits, to rompers for exploring, to dresses for fancy dinners, you'll want to have a wide array of options – with some bridal-white looks as well!

Mistwood dress by majorelle revolve white dress honeymoon dress ideas attire
“Mistwood” dress, $258 by Majorellerevolve.com

For more engagement advice and tips, shop 20 white dresses for pre-wedding events and appointments, discover the best manicure for your ring selfie, read a wedding planner's tips on what to do once you get engaged, start thinking about your first anniversary gift ideas, and learn what to decide in the first few days of wedding planning.