New to the party? Catch up on the First Steps After Getting Engaged Part I, Part II, and Part III!
Y’all, I have a little secret. Even though I’m writing a series called “First Steps After Getting Engaged,” I didn’t follow these steps perfectly a few years ago when Dave proposed. Case in point: the day after we got engaged, I emailed my dream wedding photographer. Exciting? Yes! Practical? No way! Ryan was so kind to us, but as you can imagine, emailing a wedding photographer is almost useless when you don’t have, say, a wedding date :) If you’ve been following our steps over the last few weeks better than I did, you’ve shared the news, put an organization system into place, decided on your budget, dreamed up a vision for your day, come up with a rough guest list, and figured out around where and when you want to get married. So NOW it’s time to start putting those plans in motion!
The next step is to book a venue, and start thinking about priority vendors. We don’t recommend confirming any vendors till you’ve signed the dotted line for a venue (which also means you’ve set a date–yay!!), BUT, if there are any vendor teams you really want to work with, it doesn’t hurt to touch base with them about their availability. For Dave and me, we needed a date that worked for our church, our reception venue, and our photographer, so we connected with all of them before confirming any of them. And then you’d better believe we confirmed them all ASAP once May 2 was a go for all three!
This last “first step” we wanted to mention can technically take place at any point during your engagement, but the earlier, the better: insure your ring. The jeweler will likely have provided an appraisal by a certified independent gemologist with your purchase; if not, make sure you get one. Many existing homeowner’s or renter’s policies allow you to add a jewelry rider, but there are also great options for a separate policy. Whichever you choose, find out if you’re covered if the ring is lost, stolen, or damaged, as well as how the replacement value is calculated. This is actually a super easy thing to do, and once it’s done, you won’t have to worry about it!
We’ve come to the end of our “first steps” series, but don’t worry–we’re not going anywhere, and we’ll be here for you through every step of your engagement! Of course, we’re here on our blog daily, but you can also sign up for our newsletter for weekly tips and encouragement sent straight to your inbox. You’ll receive a gorgeous “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” card download by Sage Paper Co. as soon as you sign up!