8 Things to do after You're Engaged ...

He finally popped the question, you said yes, and now you're trying to remember all of the things to do after you're engaged! Many couples get so caught up with the excitement of being engaged that they don't think about what comes next. This will eventually cause you both stress as you scramble to get everything done in time for your big day. You can significantly reduce your stress level later on by making sure to complete all of these things to do after you're engaged.

1. Make the Big Announcement

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This one is obvious when it comes to things to do after you're engaged, but you may want to think about exactly how you want to tell everyone the big news! Of course I would recommend letting both your parents know with a call first. But for everyone else you know, try to come up with a creative or clever way to tell them! I mean, you only get engaged once (hopefully), so you should try to make it as memorable as possible. For example, if you have a pet together, take a picture of them with a sign that reads "My humans are getting married," or have someone take a picture of the two of you kissing while you hold out a sign that says "I said yes"! Then post it to Facebook or send it out in the mail to your close friends and family.

2. Get a Manicure

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Your hand is about to be the subject of a lot of photos and constant attention. So why wouldn't you want your fingers to look their best? Make sure to get a manicure ASAP so you aren't embarrassed by your half chipped nail polish and dry skin when people ask to see the ring. Plus, you just got engaged! Why wouldn't you want to get pampered? If you have the time and money, make a whole spa day out of it so you can really feel special.

3. Set a General Date

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After congratulating you and asking to see the ring, the next thing people are going to ask is, “When’s the wedding?” It’ll save you both a lot of headaches if you and your husband-to-be can come up with a vague-yet-specific answer. Say something like “We’re shooting for early 2014” or “We're thinking of next fall.” People appreciate feeling like they’re in the loop about your big day, and they’ll also put the event into their mental calendar.

4. Perfect Your Engagement Story

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Another thing you're going to have to go over numerous times with people is how your guy popped the question. Take the time to go over how it happened in your head so when you tell people, you don't forget any detail you may regret not saying later. Even easier is if you start a wedding blog or newsletter. This way, you can write down your engagement story and post it to your blog or newsletter so your friends and family will be able to read it and won't have to ask constantly!

5. Get Your Ring Insured

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Of course, nothing can replace the sentimental value of your engagement ring, but if something were to happen to it, at least you can get your fiancé's money back. Especially if the ring cost him an arm and a leg! If you already have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, you may be able to simply add the ring to your already existing policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can add the ring to your plan, so call your insurance agent to see what paperwork is required. If you are prone to bad luck, getting your ring insured may help save you a lot of stress and heartache later on.

6. Choose a Diet Plan

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If you plan to lose weight for your wedding (or at least tone up), the worst thing you can do is wait until the last minute and crash diet. Not only is it unhealthy, but it may not work as fast as you would have hoped. So pick a date (well in advance) to start your diet and exercise routine, and make sure you stick to it! Even better is if you can convince your new fiancé to do it with you. This way, you have a partner who will help motivate you and keep you on track.

7. Set a Budget & Start Saving

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It’s easy to get carried away when planning for a day you've been dreaming about your whole life. However, you really need to ask yourself, do you want to be paying for the wedding for years after, or would you rather go house hunting? I personally laugh at "Bridezilla" episodes where the bride-to-be spends all of her and her fiancé's money to pay for a dress she's going to wear once (or even episodes where she buys more then one dress, why?!). I would rather spend what I can afford, and save the rest to start our lives together. So sit down with your fiancé, parents, or whomever else is helping finance the wedding to set a budget and stick to it!

8. Inspiration Hunting

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Go out and buy some bridal magazines, search the wedding section of All Women Stalk, or start up a wedding board on Pinterest. There are endless ideas to help you create the wedding of your dreams, you just have to find them! The earlier you figure out things like what colors or theme your wedding will be or what kind of dress you want to wear, the easier it will be later when you hire a wedding planner, or start to tackle the task of arranging everything yourself.

The key is to start planning a wedding as early as possible. It will definitely help lower stress as the big day closes in and allow you and your new fiancé time to enjoy just being engaged. Also, make sure to remember that you should enjoy your engagement time with your new fiancé as much as you can. Try not to get caught up in the little things that make up a wedding and lose sight of the big picture! What did you do right after you got engaged?

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