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So you’ve just got engaged! What happens next?

Posted: Monday December 12, 2016

A wedding proposal is an exciting occasion for any couple, particularly if the whole thing was an unexpected surprise. Our survey in 2014, revealed that Christmas is the most popular time of year for couples to get engaged, and we predict that this year will be no different, as lots of newly-engaged lovebirds start to prepare for the next chapter in their life.

After becoming newly engaged, it’s completely natural to want to shout the news from the rooftops, but, before you do, don’t forget the all important engagement etiquette - to inform both sets of parents before anyone else. After the parental announcement, be sure to share the good news with other immediate relatives, and friends, before making the news completely public on social media etc.

Once you’ve made the all important engagement announcements, it’s time to start celebrating! Here are six ways to make the most of your engagement.

Public announcement
Traditional families may wish to announce the engagement in the local newspaper, typically the wording of this news will come from the bride’s family, but you can always take things into your own hands if you prefer. Nowadays, it is much more common for the newly engaged couple to announce their news with wider circles across their social media profiles by updating their Facebook relationship status, or sharing a dazzling photo of the shiny new ring.

Engagement party
Now for the really fun part - the engagement party! This is a great excuse to get everyone together, to make formal introductions and have a good old knees-up while you’re at it. Of course the style and size of your engagement party depends on personal budgets and taste, you may prefer an intimate engagement dinner, an extravagant ball with formal invites, or a simple and casual gathering.

Engagement photoshoot
With most engagements lasting 18-24 months before the big day, many couples opt to have an engagement photoshoot in this time, usually with a photographer that they’d like to book for their actual wedding day. An engagement photoshoot is a wonderful opportunity to practice romantic poses with one another, as well as getting some experience of being photographed. You could even use the finished photographs as part of your save the date or wedding invitation designs.

Start planning
Even if you’ve been dreaming about your perfect wedding day since you were a child, and you know exactly how you want your big day to be, getting engaged is where the planning can officially begin to turn those dreams into reality. Grab a couple of bridal magazines, set up some Pinterest boards, make lists, and talk through ideas with your fiancé. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our handy wedding planning guide to make sure no stone is left unturned.

Visit a venue
Once you’ve decided on a budget and have a rough idea of guest numbers, you can start looking for a potential wedding venue. Booking a venue show-around can be a magical day out as a newly engaged couple, as it is often the moment where the engagement really starts to feel real. Most venues will also host open days or open evenings, which is the perfect opportunity to check out the grounds and facilities as well as picture yourselves getting hitched.

Get away together
Engagements can be an overwhelming time, especially if lots of people want to get involved and share the moment with you. Be sure to make some time just for the two of you, to really let the wonderful romantic news sink in, and start to gather ideas about what both of you want for the future. Why not book a weekend away together at a spa? Have a romantic meal together? Or head to the location of your first ever date and reminisce about where it all began.

For visual inspiration check out our Pinterest board: https://uk.pinterest.com/braxtedwedding/engagement-celebration-ideas/

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