What to Do After He Proposes

Engagement season is upon us, which in the wedding industry is a legitimate extra season of the year. It’s statistically proven that a majority of couples get engaged between November & March. That means it’s about to be the season of proposals and you may be surprised by a beautiful new ring. Maybe you’re waiting patiently for the day your boyfriend proposes or perhaps you’re sporting a stunning new diamond on your finger. Either way there is so much do after he proposes! Since we’ve seen so many brides go through the initial planning phase & we’ve even been there ourselves we’ve compiled some tips to help. This should help you to be able to know exactly what to do after he pops the question!

Take a Moment

Before you call everyone, share with the world, and go to celebrate with loved ones take a second. Take a second to celebrate with just your fiance and to soak it in. You won’t be able to get the moment back, so go ahead and enjoy every last second of it together. You won’t regret it!

Call Your People

Before you even think about posting on social media or letting the masses know, take a second to call your closest people. Those few family & friends who have been there all along, the ones who would be hurt if they didn’t hear it from you. Go ahead and call them first!

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Get A Manicure

Everyone will be wanting to see your new bling and hear the story of how you two got engaged. That means they’ll be staring at your hands, a lot. If there was ever a time to treat yourself to a manicure it’s now! Plus, you’ll love staring at your shiny ring even more afterwards!

Talk Out the Big Things

Wedding planning can be so stressful, so the best thing you can do is sit down and talk things out. Just you & your fiance figuring out what the next steps are. What does he think of it all? Does he have any parts of wedding planning he’s really excited or passionate about? Go ahead and get the conversation started so it’s easier to stay on the same page throughout planning. Plus, he may surprise you with what he cares about.

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Create A Wedding Budget

Before you book a single vendor it’s best to set a realistic budget! Know how much you or your parents can afford so you don’t get heartbroken over not being able to afford something. This will also help keep you from overspending & allow you to have a hold of things from the very start of wedding planning. An added bonus is a wedding planner can help you set a realistic budget based on your wedding vision!

Hire A Wedding Planner

Trust us, please! We have had bride after bride tell us post-wedding that their biggest regret is not hiring a wedding planner. Having someone there from the beginning to help you make all the tough decisions and help organize you is a huge stress reliever. You’ll also be able to enjoy wedding planning a whole lot more. They also know all the tips, tricks, and best ideas you’ll be so thankful for!

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Dream Big

Start getting a vision for your wedding day! Look at wedding magazines, online, or on wedding blogs to see what you like vs. what you don’t. You may be surprised with new trends, fun ideas, or that you have a totally different style than you thought you would. Now is the time to think big and get excited.

Pick A Venue

This should be your first vendor to book because it will help determine your date. Plus, venues book up fast and sometimes far in advance. Make sure to do your research to make sure you find the perfect one. Will it accommodate your guest list, how strict are the rules, does it have getting ready space? There is a lot to consider.

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Pick A Date

Once you’ve picked a venue find out what dates they have open! From there you can have a selection of dates and figure out which one makes the most sense for you. This will help you to be able to pick your other vendors and move forward with more wedding planning.


Hopefully this post will help you have the easiest transition into wedding planning. Our goal is that once he proposes you have the best time, celebrate with those you love, and create amazing memories!


Katie & Alec


P.S. After reading this post on what to do after he proposes check out 13 Mistakes Not To Make When Wedding Planning.


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