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The moment is finally here. You have a beautiful engagement ring staring back at you. It’s one of those moments you’ve imagined your whole life. You’re getting married, and the process leading up to it is bound to be an adventure.
Before you start spreading the news and freaking out over wedding checklists and to-dos, there are a few things that need to be done. It all starts with that rock on your finger and here’s what you need to do moments after.
Admire your new bling
Now is the perfect time to just stop and stare. This may be the most expensive and meaningful piece of jewelry you own, so let the idea of wearing your sparkly new diamond sink in before you start showing it off.
Share the news with family and friends
While some of your closest loved ones may have been involved in the proposal process, now the time for you and your fiancé to spread the joyous news. You don't have to call everyone in your phone book, but you should take the time to reach out to relatives or friends, including those you don't talk to often, who would be hurt hear secondhand engagement news--or worse, find out on social media. Be prepared for the well wishes to start pouring in, as well as a million wedding questions that you may not be ready to answer. That's okay!
Get a manicure
Now that you've shared the news with friends and family, you are probably eager to share the news on social. But before you start uploading photos to Instagram, you should consider giving your nails a little extra TLC. We suggest using a neutral nail color, like sheer pink, so your ring really shines.
It’s time to share your sparkly new ring with the world! Don’t forget to change your Facebook relationship status, and get creative with those #ringselfies!
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Get your ring resized right away
If there is any wiggle room, you shouldn't wait to get your ring resized. The process should take no more than a few days, and the last thing you want to do is lose it while snapping those selfies.
Now get it insured
It may not be as fun as all the other things you want to do, but it is by far the most important. Be sure to add your ring to your existing homeowner or renter's insurance policy, so you are covered in case anything ever happens to your precious bling.
Set a budget
As you start your initial wedding planning, it's important you are both on the same page in terms of budget. Once you both set a max budget on what you would like to spend and if your families will be contributing, it's easier to wrap your head around the planning process.
Start thinking of a potential wedding date
You don’t need to get into the nitty-gritty details of what your wedding will look like, however, it’s wise to talk with your partner on the type of wedding you are looking for. Do you both enjoy a summer wedding? Or, are you looking to have more of a winter wonderland? If you both can agree on a potential month and year for your wedding, you’re already heading in the right direction. This is the time to get the conversations started because once you set the date, that’s when real planning begins.
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Don’t forget to celebrate
It’s important to take time and just celebrate being engaged. This is a truly unique experience for you as a couple. Wedding planning gets very stressful, so take time to enjoy each other’s company. Plan a night out with just your fiance and forget wedding details for a moment.