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What to Do After Getting Engaged

Engaged Couple snuggling during their Santa Barbara Engagement Session. The bride is wearing a dress from one of our Favorite Stores to Buy Dresses for Engagement Sessions

Wondering What to do After Getting Engaged? Congratulations on getting engaged! We can imagine you’re feeling over the moon excited, but also in a bit of a daze because you’re not sure what to do and when. First and foremost, we’d recommend taking some time to truly experience the feeling of being engaged. Be present with […]

Wondering What to do After Getting Engaged?

Congratulations on getting engaged! We can imagine you’re feeling over the moon excited, but also in a bit of a daze because you’re not sure what to do and when. First and foremost, we’d recommend taking some time to truly experience the feeling of being engaged. Be present with your new fiancé and spend some extra time cuddling on the couch and enjoying each other’s company. 

Make the Announcement

After taking some time to revel in your joy and happiness the next step would be telling your family and closest friends the good news. We’d recommend starting with your family and those that feel like family before sharing the news with the rest of your friends’ list. They’ll appreciate being in the loop instead of learning about something so special from a post on social media

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Get Your Ring Sized

Some of the guys who really go the extra mile when it comes to choosing the ring will already know your ring size and will have it sized properly before giving it to you. This, of course, requires a bit more planning. Even if you have to let the jeweler have your ring for a few days to get it sized it’s worth it and you’ll have it back on your finger before you know it!

Finding your wedding venue is one of the steps you can do if you're wondering what to do after getting engaged.

Choose a Venue & Set a Date

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is your venue and wedding date. Knowing the theme or style of your wedding will be incredibly helpful when searching for the perfect venue. If you know you want to have an intimate garden wedding, check out this post of our favorite venues near Santa Barbara. If your mind is more set on a ballroom wedding or a private estate, check around online to see what is available. Set aside some time to tour a few different venues if you can. You’ll only get married once so enjoy each step of the experience!

Choosing your style and the theme of your wedding day is another thing to do after getting engaged

Find Your Wedding Planner

Finding a great wedding planner is one of the best ways to feel more in control of your time and sanity when planning your wedding. Believe us, planning a wedding is basically a full-time job. There are so many things that need to be done and come together logistically. If you have it in the budget or if you can save up a little more for a wedding planner we would highly suggest it.

Engaged Couple snuggling during Santa Barbara Engagement Session

Find Your Dream Photographer & Schedule Engagement Photos

If you’ve been following a Santa Barbara wedding photographer that you love the best thing you can do is reach out to them as soon as possible. Because wedding photographers only take so many weddings each year their schedules are a bit limited, so it’s important to secure your date as soon as possible. If they are your dream photographer they’re probably another couple too. So, be quick if you can! 

Once you’ve locked in your wedding photographer make sure to schedule a time for an engagement session. We schedule engagement sessions for a couple of months after you’ve been engaged so you have that just engaged glow still showing. If you’re wondering what to use your engagement photos for, check out this post for some ideas.

Build a Wedding Website & Gather Inspiration

At this point, you’ll probably feel like you have a better idea of what you’re doing. You can build a wedding website to keep all of your loved ones informed. And if you’d like, you can continue to gather inspiration for your wedding planner. Ultimately, trust your planner because they’ll have your best interests at heart. Just know that they want to plan an event that will amaze you and your guests. Their main goal is to make all of your dreams come true.

Our Final Advice for What to do After Getting Engaged

Our final advice for what to do after getting engaged is to make time for each other. We know what it’s like to plan a wedding. A lot of conversations can be dominated by wedding planning. So, we want to encourage you to drop the wedding talk when you can. Make time for some date nights and other enjoyable activities. Take some time whenever you can to be present in your relationship as fiancés. You’ll be married for fifty-plus years, but you’ll only be engaged for this short period of time. 

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