The First 6 Things You Should Do After Your Engagement

Congratulations on your engagement! What an amazing journey these next few months will be! We would love to invite you and your soon-to-be spouse to tour our North Georgia Wedding Venue. We’re The Tate House, a pink marble mansion just 45 minutes north of Atlanta, and we know that planning a wedding is such an exciting + beautiful adventure! However, we often see brides + grooms jump right into the planning of their wedding that they miss some of the most important “to-dos” that should happen first. Today we’re sharing the first 6 things you should do after getting engaged!

Share the news in person first

After you get engaged, spend some time celebrating with your fiance and just enjoying the moment + their presence. When you’re ready to share the news, tell those closest to you before posting it on social media. If possible, try and tell them in person, especially parents and relatives. If in person isn’t an option, opt for a Skype call or phone call that is much more personal than a text or hearing it through the grapevine. Taking the time to personally tell those close to you will mean so much to them and allow you to fully celebrate with them! When you look back, you’ll enjoy having those special moments of true celebration. After you’ve shared the news in person with those you want, post it on social media! There’s numerous photo options that range from romantic to silly, but we love seeing them all!

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Insure your engagement ring

Of course, when you’re recently engaged your first thoughts don’t usually revolve around what might happen to your ring in twenty years. However, insuring your ring is an important step and will bring a peace of mind that will help take another stress off your plate. It’s easy to put the “unromantic” and “unexciting” steps like insuring your ring on the backburner; however, think of it as not only realizing the ring’s financial value, but what it represents too! This brings even more significance to the task, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Bonus tip, while we’re talking about the ring, it’s also always a good idea to get your ring sized soon after the engagement. Many newly engaged brides put this off because they want to show of their ring; however, it greatly increases the chances of the ring falling off or getting misplaced and lost. Getting your ring resized can take a few weeks so the quicker you do it, the quicker you’ll get it back. And just in time for your engagement photos!

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Pick a venue, then announce the date

Right after asking to see the ring, the next question is usually “when’s the wedding?” While it’s helpful to give a ballpark estimate, such as “we’re planning on next fall” or “October of 2019”, etc., hold off on giving an exact date that you’re planning on. Before finalizing a date, try to finalize a venue. Many times brides are determined on using a certain location or venue (or other vendor) that it will determine what day they get married. Make sure your dream venue is available before sharing your date with all your friends.

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At our venue, with all-inclusive wedding packages, an in-house wedding + floral design team and North Georgia’s most trusted wedding vendors, the Tate House staff ensures your Georgia Wedding is planned to perfection so you can enjoy a stress-free wedding day to celebrate your marriage with your loved ones! At our southern venue, we would love to invite you to stroll through the centuries old oaks, lush gardens, six flowing fountains and picturesque statues surrounding the Atlanta outdoor wedding site. Come tour our North Georgia wedding venue that features the 19,000 square foot mansion and 4,000 square foot formal ballroom.

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Dream up your wedding vision

Chances are you’ve been thinking about and dreaming up details of your wedding for years! And now it’s time for those dreams to come to life. But before diving into every little detail, think big picture. Start dreaming up your perfect wedding vision and go from there. You might not have the budget or time to include every tiny detail you’ve pinned to your Pinterest board, and getting overwhelmed by it all can make your planning much more stressful. Once you’ve set your wedding vision, you can more efficiently work towards achieving it! Plus, it’s great to know big picture to share with vendors, especially if you’re using a wedding planner. They can help you narrow down your choices and nail the specifics to make your wedding everything you’ve dreamed of!

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Start your “potential” bridal party and guest list

Another step you should take soon after getting engaged is starting a guest list. Of course, this list will always be growing and changing but it is helpful to start early. If you’re considering inviting someone add them, and if you know for sure that you’re inviting them add them. Don’t rely on your memory. It’s helpful to sort your list. Consider adding a “must invite” and a “maybe” division. This helps you stay organized and helps you if you have to narrow down your list. Distant relatives and old friends’ names will always be popping into your head so having an ongoing list will allow you to not feel rushed or forget someone.

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Don’t forget to celebrate!

You’re working to plan a day full of celebration that represents you and your significant other’s love story. Don’t forget that this is supposed to be a fun and exciting time. Remember to enjoy the little moments with friends and family. Before you jump right into planning every little detail, go out with your fiance and spend some time alone celebrating. Throw a party with your friends. Make your engagement an occasion you’ll never forget!

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