I'm Engaged !! Now what? Top 5 things to start planning your big day

I'm Engaged!! Now what??? Top 5 things to start planning your big day

He popped the question. You said YES. Hooray! You’re engaged! Here’s what to do next (you know, right after you call your mom).! !

#1 Engaged Ring Selfie! 

If you're a child of the 80s or 90s and you just got engaged, there's basically no other way to share the great news than through an Instagram engagement ring selfie. You may not be into mirror selfies, post-workout selfies or duckface selfies, but the ring selfie is something sacred!

Spend a little time getting the photo just right by following the guidelines here:

1. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting - Find the best lighting to make that engagement ring glow!!

2. Get a MANI - This is obvious, but make sure your nails are looking just as good as your engagement ring.

3. Find a fabulous background - Find an Instagram-worthy skyline, latte or patterned pillow to serve as the backdrop of your engagement ring selfie. Share your engagement stories with us!

4. Strike a pose - Say goodbye to creepy hands by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop or resting your hands on your new fiance's arm. Avoid shots that highlight every pore and strand of hair on your hands by tilting the camera at an angle instead of shooting straight on.

#2 Engagement Party!
The engagement party signifies the official start of your wedding countdown. The moment you’re engaged you begin an exciting new chapter of your relationship and it marks the beginning of the wedding planning process.
One of the first items on your wedding planning checklist is to announce your engagement and celebrate this new chapter with an engagement
party. Traditionally an engagement party was a social gathering where the father of the bride-to-be would announce to all the guests of his daughters’ engagement.
However times have changed and with the widespread popularity of social media, the news of a couples’ engagement may spread quickly before the couple has an opportunity to inform their immediate family members of the exciting news. The Engagement Party is typically held shortly after the
couple is engaged, so get to planning ;)! !

#3. Engagement Photo Shoot!
For many couples, the engagement photo shoot is the first time that you will have professional pictures taken together. It may seem scary or intimidating, but we recommend thinking of it as a fun adventure that you and your fiancé are participating in. What else should you do to capture the perfect moment on camera? Here are tips for the best engagement photos around.

  • Use the same photographer that is shooting the wedding. You can look at the engagement shoot as a trial for your big day photos. Plus, you’ll get to know your photographer’s style better and they will get to know you as a couple better, too.
  • Shoot the photos soon after you are engaged. This may seem like a no brainer, but you can use the images on your wedding website or for the save the date.
  • Pick a location that means something. Do you love going to the beach together? Do you live in a fun, exciting city with great back drops? Take the photos somewhere special to the both of you, it will make it that much more fun!!
  • If you are using the photos as a Save the Date or actual engagement announcement, make this clear in the image. Hold up a sign with the date of the wedding written in the middle of a heart. ‘She said yes’ signs are also popular on Pinterest. A few good shots of your new ring are also wonderful ways to illustrate that you are engaged. Check out our Pinterest Board for ideas
    • Plan a beauty and hair test for the morning of the shoot. Set up an appointment with the make-up artist and hairstylist you are considering of using on the big day. Have them do your hair and make-up and you’ll get a good idea of what your final wedding photos will look like. Check out our wedding hair ideas 
    • To get a good assortment of images, change your outfit. Choose a casual look and another more dressier outfit. Wear clothes that you would normally wear and items that you feel comfortable in. Avoid wearing pieces that are super trendy. You don’t want your photos to feel
      dated by your fifth wedding anniversary
    • Consider the setting when you are choosing your outfit. You want to stand out and be the focal point of the image, so if your location is the woods near your house, don’t wear shades of green and brown. Instead select colors that will make you stand out.
    #4.Choose Your Wedding Party!
    Now it's your turn to propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen . Remember, the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. And keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend their hard-earned money and donate their precious time -- be considerate and kind by informing everyone about all your plans, showing them a good time and making sure they know how much you appreciate them .
    #5. Book a Venue (and Set Your Date)!
    Your reception venue will become the backdrop for virtually all your photos and can influence everything from heavy hitters like your budget and guest list to smaller details like your menu (if you choose a venue with in-house catering). Ensure that you get the look, price and extras you want by checking out local listings, shopping around, scheduling visits and booking early. Bonus: By signing your venue contract, you will officially have your wedding date (congrats!)!

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