You’re Engaged! Now What?
Congratulations! You’re engaged! That’s so exciting!!
The only question now is: What’s next? With so many “to-dos” popping up in your head (dates, guest lists, dresses and all that fun stuff) from the moment that ring hit your finger, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed.
Resist the urge.
Yes, getting engaged is huge! And, yes, planning your wedding is a big deal. But, if you let yourself get caught up in the stress of it all, you’ll end up missing out on all of the wonderful and fun stuff in between now and your big day. And, more likely than not, if you allow yourself to get too stressed when planning your wedding, you’ll end up stressing on your wedding day, too. And, let me tell you, stressed brides and grooms rarely photograph well.
To help curb the natural instinct to start stressing, We’ve created a simple list to go through after you’re engaged to help you stay focused and, most importantly, super excited. Trust us, you’ll have plenty of time to plan your big day. Right now, try to focus on your engagement!
5 Engagement To-Dos You Should Definitely Do
Get a manicure. With that gorgeous new ring on (or about to be on) your finger, it’s time to make sure your nails are looking their best. If there ever was the perfect time to get a manicure, it’s right now. So don’t miss it! Not only will everyone be asking to see your ring (and, therefore, your hands), but there will be several opportunities for photos, too (and no one wants to have their shady looking hands overshadow their ring).
Announce your engagement. Letting everyone know you’re engaged is a big deal! There are lots of different ways to do it, which means you can choose the ways that fit your personality best. Just remember that it’s usually a good idea to do both a formal and informal announcement so that everyone you want to know knows. A digital version and a paper version is a great way to ensure that everyone on your list gets the announcement. And, word of the wise, don’t send a paper announcement to anyone you’re not planning on inviting to the wedding unless you’re announcing that you’ll be eloping.
Insure your ring. Accidents happen. Things get lost. As much as you hope nothing will ever happen to your engagement ring, there’s a chance that something will. To avoid being out the money you invested, take a moment to insure your ring. If anything does ever happen to it, you’ll be happy you can replace it quickly.
Throw a party. Everyone will want to congratulate you in person once you share the big news. Rather than trying to adjust to everyone else’s schedule, throw yourself a party (or ask someone to do it) so that you’re not overwhelmed.
Get photos. Engagement photos are a wonderful way to preserve this special moment in time and they’re also great for using as an announcement or as decor for your wedding. Choosing to have a professional photographer take your engagement photos can give you an idea of what you’re looking for in a wedding photographer. A lot of times, the person you choose to do your engagement shoot will end up being the person you use for your wedding - so pick carefully!
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This is how we got engaged:
My (M’s) dad, was visiting from Sweden and had been kind enough to take some photos of us both together as we wanted photos of ourselves.
I, (Rob) had asked for Rolands permission years ago and knew it would mean a lot to M if he could be there for the proposal. I also thought it would be really neat if he also could get a couple of photos of it so I asked and he got SO excited from the idea! All while M was getting ready (‘to simply go photograph behind our house’) I showed Roland a couple simple tricks so that he could best capture THIS moment.
Well out on the trail we stopped a few times to take some photos and Rob casually continued his little lessons. Once we made it to the top of the hill Rob started to pull me in really close and said some super sweet things right as he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, yes and YES!!!
We ended the night with a delicious late-night dinner and drinks at Bj’s in Reno (that was one of the only places open after at 9pm) while calling our friends and families with the very exciting news. This was all on May 20th, 2019.
Within the next 24-h we had our full wedding pretty much planned (I’m terrible at following my own advice) - haha). Because we are around so many weddings it all came so natural for us to know what we want'/don’t want. We’ll talk more about this in a different blog-post.