Brand New Bride to Be? My ultimate guide on what do do when you get engaged!

Updated: Mar 16

Getting engaged – one of life’s most momentous and emotional occasions and if you are reading this page, you are either thinking about getting engaged or you have just got engaged in which case – Congratulations! Yes, you have taken the first step in showing your lifelong commitment to each other and no doubt the seconds, minutes and hours since then are all rather a blur!

This is where I come in! Don’t panic about the myriad of things to do … instead, take a breather, sit back for a few moments, keep reading and let me take some of the strain. Yes, you may be feeling overwhelmed right now but let’s take small steps and before you even start planning your wedding, here are a few things to focus on first …..

(We’ll tackle how to start the actual wedding planning in the next blog!)

First things first - Ring Your Nearest and Dearest!

Parents, siblings and best buddies – share your happy news with them in person rather than letting them find out about it on social media. It may well be that some of them have been patiently standing by for the call, so whilst it may not come as a complete surprise to a privileged few, they will naturally be over the moon that you have accepted and will want to hear every little detail from you!

Nails, nails, nails!

You’re going to be flashing that ring at everybody who asks – and a lot of people who didn’t, so get yourself down to the nail bar for a gel manicure or at least a freshen up so that your nails are looking their polished and shaped best to show off the sparkle!

Post a Ring Selfie

Now you can relax and post an image of your news to the wider world. Maybe a picture of the ring, or of both of you, or even the surprise moment itself if your OH managed to capture it.


What better time to crack open the bubbly than to toast the moment you’ve both been waiting for – and no doubt friends and family too!


Ok, not glamorous or fun … but sensible. You can either investigate jewellery insurance or add to your contents insurance – either way, do it!! You’ll be glad you did if the worst ever happens – and it does (diving on honeymoon, pulling ski gloves off and applying suncream on the beach ….)

Step away from the wedding planner journals!

There’s no need to rush into the wedding planning, there will be plenty of time for that. Take a couple of weeks to enjoy the feeling of being newly engaged and just enjoy it, no need to make your to do list any longer than it already is yet. Plenty of time for that … (and my next blog will give you a step by step guide)

A perfect fit

If you are lucky enough that the ring fits perfectly first time, then ignore this one. But if it’s not quite right – and it needs to be spot on considering how many years it will be on your finger for – then take it back to the jeweller for perfect sizing. Whilst it will naturally be hard to part with, even if only for a few days, having only just been given it, some jewellers will give you a temporary replacement – of course, nothing like wearing the ring you’ve just been so beautifully presented with, but a bit of fun to let you continue enjoying the feeling of sparkle on that finger whilst the real one is being perfected for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and to visit my site - please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss your own forthcoming wedding and would like my help.

Susannah x

Couture Weddings & Events Ltd

Luxury wedding planner and event organiser covering London, the Home Counties and beyond.

+44 (0) 7747 011200

London Wedding Planner, Home Counties Wedding Planner, Luxury UK Wedding Planner

Registered address: 4 Doverfield Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7YF 






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