Are you newly engaged? Congratulations! Today we’re talking about eight things you NEED to do right now. But first… welcome back! We’re happy to be back in the Emmaline Bride corporate office today after the long (and relaxing and supremely awesome) holiday break. Since December and January are prime-time for proposals, we know there’s a bunch of newly engaged brides out there… and, if you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re new to Emmaline Bride, we’re the ultimate handmade wedding guide — but that’s not all! We’ll be bringing you the best handmade wedding finds, wedding giveaways, DIY ideas, free wedding printables, Real Weddings, how-to‘s, and more each and every day. No matter where you are in the planning process, you’ll find something new to inspire you. So, grab a cup of coffee or a cuppa tea (make mine a peppermint!), show off that brand new sparkler, and read on to see what to do now that you’re newly engaged… (P.S. Have a friend who’s newly engaged? Check out 12 Useful Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged).
Newly Engaged? 8 Things to Do Right Now
We’ve compiled eight of our favorite tips on things to read and do for every newly engaged couple. Read on to see what to read, up first:
Newly Engaged: Things to Read
Planning your wedding can get a little stressful at times. Not all brides = bridezillas, but this will keep things in perspective: read 50 Wedding Acts of Kindness.
We’re all about practical, fun, unique, handmade, and stress-free approaches to wedding planning. Check out 8 Secrets to a Stress Free Wedding Day to see how it’s done.
3. Books + Magazines
Need wedding planning to-go? The Handcrafted Wedding is the ultimate handmade wedding planning book + covers everything you need to know for planning a beautifully handmade wedding from start to finish.
One of the best things I did while planning my own wedding was having a monthly bridal magazine subscription. You save money by having a subscription and it comes right to your door. Here are the best-of-the-best:
It’s also helpful to flip through / actively engaged in Pinterest for your wedding. It’s a serious treasure-trove of wedding finds. (Follow our boards here!)
Get inspired by seeing what OTHER couples did for their Real Weddings! Real weddings (+ engagements) is one awesome way to gain inspiration AND will help you make a list of things you want for your own wedding (or engagement session).
Newly Engaged: Things to Do
1. Pick a venue and secure your date.
Before you do anything else, find a venue you love and secure the date. Once you pick your date (and your venue is booked), the rest will fall into place… and you won’t feel rushed or stressed to do anything right away.
2. Pick a wedding theme.
Need inspiration for wedding themes? We’ve gathered up our favorites all in one convenient spot. Check out the 50+ wedding themes and use it to help you pick your favorite. Once you do, planning will be smooth like buttah.
3. Shop for your wedding dress.
Picking out your wedding dress (or at least trying on a bunch to get an idea of your style) will kick off the wedding planning process. Plus, if you start early, you’ll have PLENTY of time to find “the one”. And, P.S., you’ll know it the minute you try it on.
4. Have engagement photos taken.
Hire a photographer for engagement photos + have them taken soon. You’ll be happy to have photos from this memorable time in your life AND, if you like his or her work, you’ll already have your wedding photographer picked out. Easy!
5. NEVER stop ‘date night’.
And, last but not least, DON’T EVER stop date night. Not now that you’re engaged and certainly not once you’re married. Date night is fun, can be inexpensive, and will keep the romance alive. Plus, everyone needs a wedding planning break. Don’t get obsessed in the planning process — have fun with it, enjoy the process, and make time for your soon-to-be spouse. Here are cheap date ideas to try from our post, 50 Best Fun (+ Cheap!) Date Ideas.