With the traditional wedding season coming to a close (if it hasn't done so already), the engagement season follows soon enough. Apparently, the peak engagement period is from November to February, culminating on Valentines Day. There's clearly something in the winter air over the festive season and couples feel much more romantic than usual. So if you end up getting a ring in your stocking, be sure to read up on these fab tips on what to do next!
Announce your engagement! - But before you go Instagramming your wedding ring for the world to see, make sure you call your nearest and dearest first so they can find out before Sally from the lingerie department does, who you've spoken to only three times in your life.
Have a party - (if you want to). It's a great way to bring the two families together before the hectic planning begins. Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable on the wedding day with introductions, questions or anything similar. It's a great way to avoid the 'so how do you know...' questions.
Talk to each other - Spend a few evenings in talking about the type/style of wedding you want. Talk about the size, your budget, your thoughts and everything else before the rest of your families have their say. It's great to set the boundaries out now with each other so you're on the same page the whole way through. Be honest with each other here, especially when talking about your budget.
Start researching - Read blogs, buy magazines, visit wedding fairs and scour the internet. Create Pinterest pages, a scrapbook and carry a notebook for any crazy ideas that pop into your head whilst your out doing things! You can never do enough research.
Have a think about hiring a wedding planner. If you're not sure what they do, read this.
Insure your ring - accidents happen! A week after getting engaged, my ring lost a diamond. I don't know how, I don't know when, but the insurance sorted it all out and for that I'm truly grateful!
Remember to be united on your decisions.