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Just Engaged? First 5 Things You Should Do
A man proposing to his girlfriend.

 Just Engaged? First 5 Things You Should Do 

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!

Academy Awards

Sunday, March 27, 2022 (especially in Los Angeles)

April Fool’s Day

Friday, April 1, 2022

Final Four

Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4, 2022 (especially in New Orleans, LA)

Palm Sunday

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

Ram Navami

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Eid al-Fitr

Monday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2022

Friday the 13th

Friday, May 13, 2022

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2022

Eid al-Adha

Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 10, 2022

Tisha B’Av

Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 6, 2022

Krishna Janmashtami

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2022

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 25 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Patriot Day

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday, October 10, 2022


Monday, October 31, 2022

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11, 2022


Thursday, November 24, 2022

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25, 2022


Monday, December 26, 2022 through Sunday, January 1, 2023

New Year’s Eve

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