Getting engaged stirs up so many emotions!  And once the surprise and shock of the proposal wears off, the logical next thought is, what now?  What am I supposed to do?  Who am I supposed to tell?  When do I start planning the wedding?  To help, below are 9 things we think you should do once you get engaged!

1 – Tell your loved ones.

Give your parents a call to tell them the great news. They will appreciate being the first to know! From there make sure to call your other family members and close friends before making it Facebook official or posting your ring on Instagram!

2 – Get your fingernails camera ready.

Begin posting the good news on social media!

3 – Make sure your ring is appraised and insured.

Engagement rings are expensive!  Make sure you have it protected by taking out a small insurance policy on your rock.

4 – Discuss a rough time frame for the wedding.

You’ll be asked when’s the big day by a lot of people! So brush these questions off by giving them a time frame – We are getting married sometime next year should do!

5 – Craft 3 proposal stories.

All of your girl friends (and some guy friends) will ask you, “How did he propose?” So be ready to tell a short a sweet story, a slightly longer version or an in depth proposal story based on who is asking the question!

6 – Set a budget.

Be sure to enjoy your engagement before diving too deep into planning your wedding! When you begin planning one of the first things you should figure out is the budget. Who is paying for what?

7 – Collect wedding inspiration.

Buy a few bridal magazines and create a few Pinterest Boards. Start collecting wedding inspiration from everywhere. Once you know the general style of your wedding then see what on your wish list is attainable within your budget!

8. Wedding Planner or no wedding planner?

There are several different types of wedding planners with different packages so the timeframe of choosing a wedding planner varies. Some planners are full service and will handle everything for you. Some wedding planners are responsible for day of coordination only. Depending on your budget and preference you may need to decide on wedding planner or no wedding planner sooner rather than later. (If you’re paying for a full service wedding planner, you may as well get them to help you early on!)

9. Reduce stress whenever possible.

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