CONGRATULATIONS to all the newly engaged!
It is an exciting moment isn't it! If you got engaged recently, over the 2021 holidays, Thanksgiving or Christmas, you are both excited, should enjoy every moment and take it all in.
In all of the excitement, there are a few things you should do during this momentous occasion:
1. Get Engagement Ring Insurance
The worst thing that can possibly happen is dropping your engagement ring in a drain or it slips off your finger in the ocean! Both of these are real scenarios. Also, it can be stolen, get damaged, or you might simply lose it. So, make sure your Love insures your ring. Also, his ring should be insured too. Jewelers Mutual, a company thats been around since 1913, states the cost of insuring a ring is 1-2% of the cost. The estimated premium is $28-32 per year for a $3000 engagement ring. Checkout the website above for more details.
2. Tell Everyone!
This is simple. Be creative! Sending a group text, or calling everyone is too easy and traditional. Click here for creative ways to announce your engagement and share the joy with your friends and family.
3. Take Some Time to Enjoy the Moment
Don't rush into wedding planning and all the decision-making that comes with planning over the next several months. Both of you should take your time and celebrate your engagement. Go away for the weekend or take a staycation. Reminisce in how the proposal was done, where it happened and who was there. Think about how you and your Love responded! I hope someone videotaped it! Our motto is, "Enjoy your moment...Enjoy the experience."
4. Create Your Wedding Budget
This isn't fun, but it has to happen before you reserve or purchase anything! A few weeks after soaking in this lovely moment, you and your Love need to talk about how much you are willing to pay for the venue, vendors (photographer, food, stationery, linens, flowers, entertainment, etc.,), wedding attire, and other wedding expenses. Are your parents or other relatives helping with expenses, all or 50/50? Are you and your Love splitting the expenses 50/50? There's a lot to discuss. Click here, to view a wedding budget infographic that gives you an idea of how much everything costs. credit
5. Set the Date
This is the first major decision you are going to make. Nothing can happen until you set the date for your wedding. Venue and vendor selections are on hold, until you decide on a wedding date. Ensure you select a date that works for most guests you would like to attend. Beware of holidays that guests celebrate and religious dates. Consider special dates like, 10/22/22 (double digit dates are always popular), or the date you met. Here's a list of dates to avoid in 2022 credit: HAPPY PLANNING!
Sunday, March 27, 2022 (especially in Los Angeles)
Friday, April 1, 2022
Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4, 2022 (especially in New Orleans, LA)
Sunday, April 10, 2022
The evening of Friday, April 15 through the evening of Friday, April 22, 2022
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, May 1, 2022
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Monday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 10, 2022
Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 6, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Monday, September 5, 2022
Sunday, September 25 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Tuesday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
Monday, October 31, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022 through Sunday, January 1, 2023