It’s finally happened; the thing you’ve been waiting for all your life, and you’re wondering what the heck you’re supposed to do now? You just got engaged and the very first action, before you embark upon a life of wedded bliss, is to breathe…calm down…relax.
This feeling of near blind panic and confusion is completely normal, and we at Elegance of Elena are here to make this exciting journey as hitch-free as it can possibly be.
So, here are the ten things we advise you to do, in the order we advise you to do them, once the reality of the situation’s sunk in:
Call Your Folks!
Yes, before doing anything else, it’s of paramount importance that you give your mum, dad, brother, sister, grandma & granddad (both sets!), aunts, uncles, cousins and anyone else in the family who’ll sulk if they don’t hear the fantastic news first-hand! Chances are, they’ve been waiting for this moment all your life, too!
Take Ring Selfies / Update Your Social Media Status
Nowadays, taking the obligatory photo of the engagement ring and updating your social media status go hand-in-hand, don’t they? After all, what good are photos of that ginormous rock if you can’t show them off to the entire world on Facebook and Insta?
It's a Ring Thing!
As regards the engagement ring, the very first thing you should do is insure it against damage or loss. This is an absolute must because it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford another should the unthinkable happen.
Be Wise - Resize!
You may also need to nip down to the jeweller’s to have the ring resized. This will only be necessary if it’s either cutting off the blood supply or hanging off your finger, because if it’s the latter you might be very glad you did have it insured!
Set a Date
Nothing galvanises people into action better than having a date to work to. We always advise our clients to set a date as soon as possible. Why? Because all the best venues are booked up ages ahead of time, and you don’t want to be left with the local working men’s club, do you? (Although the dads might quite like it)
Work Out Your Budget
Like it or not, this is a conversation that really needs to happen, and soon! That’s right, without setting a budget you don’t know what kind of venue you’re able to hire, or the number of guests you can invite and so on and so forth, ad infinitum. So, have a frank chat between yourselves…and then go and have a frank beg at your parents’ place!
Now you’ve decided on a budget for the wedding, you can start to plan in earnest, and the first thing on the list is who you’re going to invite…and who you’re going to make an enemy for life of. Hey, you know that’s how it’s going to be, and don’t worry, the next problem you’ll have is who to seat next to whom so, like, no stress!
Where Shall We Have It?
It’s logical to begin searching for the perfect venue for your wedding after you’ve decided how many guests you’re going to invite. After all, you don’t need a conference centre for ten people, just as you don’t want to be re-enacting the tube journey from King’s Cross to Piccadilly Circus on a wet Monday morning! Sardines anyone? If you’re not sure how to go about creating a seating plan that will please the maximum number of guests, take a look at our blog on the subject.
Plan the Party
Now THIS is where you can both REALLY start to have some fun! Indeed, this isn’t a topic we can simply cover with a slightly glib paragraph. No, this requires a blog all of its own, and that’s exactly what we’ve created for you, so why not take a look now?
Rest Those Weary Bones!
If we know you (and we do…some of you, at least), all this activity will have taken place over a period of, say, 24 hours, so if nothing else, you’re due a bit of R’n’R (no, not Rock’n’Roll…Rest’n’Recuperation!)…maybe in the form of a lovely, refreshing and totally deserved spa day…or a day shopping? Whatever relaxes you is exactly what you should do right now!
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We Really Want to Help!
Well, you’ve managed to surmount the seemingly unsurmountable, and undertaken the initial barrage of absolutely essential tasks, so well done to you both!
Remember, here at Elegance of Elena we’re here to help you in any way we can, so if you’d like a chat about anything engagement or wedding-related, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0116 462 5347 or drop us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org