Congratulations, Honeys, you’re engaged! How did it happen? Tell me in the comments below because I’m a SUCKER for a good engagement story!

engagement ring

All Photo Credit: Johnson’s Creative

At this point I’m sure you’re feeling overjoyed and completely filled to the brim with love. I’m so happy for you! This is such an exciting time in your life, make sure to sit back and truly soak it in before you start planning for your wedding.

If you find yourself at a loss as to what to do next, look no further. I have allllll the answers. Below are the first four things you should do after getting engaged. 

1. Announce Your Engagement

First things first you’ll want to announce your engagement (obviously!). There are so many ways to do this, it truly just depends on your personalities, who you want to tell, and how you want to tell them. Here are some things to consider though.

  • Your parents, closest relatives, and children (if you have any) should be the first to know and you should tell them in person (or at least over video chat if in person isn’t possible).
  • Before announcing publicly (such as over social media or in the newspaper), make sure that you’ve told everyone that you want to tell personally first (like your besties and your grandparents), even if it’s simply over the phone, through email, or through a letter.
  • After alllll the important peeps in your life know, feel free to share the announcement with the world! Quite literally shout it from the rooftops if you’d like! Or, simply share it on social media and sit back and wait for all of the congratulations to roll in.

2. Take Engagement Photos

Next up: engagement photos. Many wedding photographers offer engagement sessions in their wedding package, so you may consider finding your wedding photographer right away. If this is too #stressful for you, it’s ok to use two separate photographers! You’ll want to take engagement photos within the first few months of your engagement so that you have the pictures ready to use for things such as your wedding website and save the dates. Keep in mind that these photos are supposed to be FUN. Wear something nice, but comfortable. Take them wherever you’d like (on the beach or on your couch!). These are allllll about showing your LOVE in any way YOU’D like!!

3. Throw an Engagement Party

Along with the above two, you’ll want to decide if you’d like to have an engagement party. This is ENTIRELY up to you two. If you’re considering having one, check out my engagement party basics, ideas, and more post!

4. Decide How Long Your Engagement Will be

Here’s another question to think about: do you want a long engagement or a short engagement? You’ll want to figure this out as soon as possible, that way you know how long you have to plan your wedding. Most engagements today are about a year to a year and a half long. So, with that being said, I’ve created an exhaustive list of everything you need to think about when you’re 12 months away from THE day. At this point, you’re mainly brainstorming ideas, but there are a few critical things you’ll already need to decide (like your wedding budget! I sat down with my wonderful fingers-crossed-future-mother-in-law and got some AMAZING budgeting tips. Check them out HERE!)

You can find my planning checklist – 12 months out post HERE.

That’s it! Again, congratulations! ALSO aren’t Ashley and Paul the absolute SWEETEST?! Read their love story and see more of their photos on their wedding website HERE!