As far as huge life moments go, getting engaged is a pretty big deal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been with your significant other for six months or six years – when they ask you to marry them, it is a moment you will remember forever. But often, the proposal can act as a sort of catalyst for all kinds of wedding-related behaviors. The minute you reply ‘yes’ to the offer of engagement, you might not know it at the time, but your world as you know it will change forever. Wedding mode is well and truly activated – here are just some of the things you can expect within the first couple of weeks of being engaged.
You have a really awkward relationship with social media
Twenty years ago, this wouldn’t even have been an issue for most newly engaged couples. When two people got engaged, they told their friends and family in person, and anyone else who would have been on the wedding guest list would have received a letter. Now, however, social media can play a huge role in the engagement stories of many couples. It might seem natural to turn to Facebook or Instagram to share the news, just as you would do with any other major life event. But hold your horses before you do so. As much as you might want EVERYONE to know straight away, make a point of telling your close friends and family in person first.
You can’t stop flashing your ring at every opportunity
There isn’t really something that screams ‘I’m engaged’ more than a huge sparkler on your finger. You may find yourself just sat simply staring at it for minutes at a time or positioning your hand not-quite-so-obviously in someone’s eye line. The ring is a huge part of your story as a couple and it’s something you need to be prepared to take very good care of – especially if you and your partner have got something like Verragio engagement rings.
You will receive varying levels of support
When the news has spread, most brides-to-be automatically expect everyone to be happy for them. But while for the most part, you will receive positive reactions all over, don’t be surprised if you get the cold shoulder from some friends or acquaintances. Remember if this happens, it is a reflection of that person’s morals – nothing to do with you at all! They may have some baggage based on marriage that you can’t do anything about, so don’t dwell on the naysayers.
You will want to start planning the wedding straight away
We all know the situation – you’ve barely got the ring on your finger or told your parents the news before you are already mentally researching wedding venues in your mind and wondering what your dress will look like. While it is important to be prepared for your big day, try to enjoy actually just being engaged for a while. It’s a time in your life that will never come around again, so make the most of it!