You’ve just said “Yes!” and now you’re floating somewhere between Cloud Nine and the land of “What the heck do I do now?” Well, don’t worry because we’re here to help you with our ‘I just got engaged’ to-do list. Spoiler alert: it involves more than just flashing your new bling at anyone within a five-mile radius.

1. Take a Breath (And a Selfie)

First things first, take your time and take a deep breath. You’re about to embark on the wonderful, wacky journey of wedding planning, and you need a minute to gather yourself for the challenge. Oh, and don’t forget the obligatory engagement ring selfie. Because if you don’t post it on social media, did it even happen?

2. Insure That Sparkler

Before you start waving your hand around like you’re directing traffic, get that rock insured. Heaven forbid your precious bling takes a tumble down a drain or decides to disappear, you’ll want a safety net so that you do not end up ringless and disappointed.

3. Celebrate with Your Nearest and Dearest

You know the best part about getting engaged…well apart from the fact you get to marry the love of your life, that is? You get to throw an amazing engagement bash, or a small get-together, or even just a quiet night in with your closest friends and family. It’s the perfect excuse to celebrate your newfound status as fiancé(e)s and, let’s be honest, to relive the proposal story seventeen times.

4. Have The Talk

No, not that talk – you’ve clearly already nailed that one. It’s time to chat finances with your fiancee. Sit down with your partner and figure out what kind of budget you’re working with. It’s about as fun as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary to avoid any champagne taste on a beer budget scenarios.

5. Dream Big (Then Scale It Down, Probably)

Start envisioning what you want your day to look like. This is the fun part – think themes, colours, and whether you see yourself saying ‘I do’ in a grand castle or a quaint backyard. Dream big – you can always scale back once reality (and your budget) sets in.

6. Look for Venues

Hunting for wedding venues is like going on a series of blind dates – you’ve got to find the one that just feels right. And just like the dating world, the good ones get snapped up quickly. Start early to avoid having your heart set on a place only to find it’s booked until the next millennium.

7. Draft That Guest List

Start drafting a guest list. This can be as tricky as solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. You’ll need to balance your dream list with your budget and venue capacity. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

8. Take Some Time for Just the Two of You

In the whirlwind of wedding planning, don’t forget to take some time out for just the two of you, with no wedding talk allowed. Remember, you’re getting married because you love each other, not just for the epic party.

9. Start a Pinterest Board (Or Ten)

Last but not least, let the Pinterest marathon begin! Create boards for everything from dresses to decorations to doughnut walls (yes, that’s a thing). Just try not to fall too far down the rabbit hole.

Getting engaged can be exciting and terrifying in equal measures, but now you have more of an idea of what your next steps should be, hopefully, it will be more of the former, and less of the latter.

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