So You’re Engaged…

Now what? While we hope that the first thing you do is call your closest girlfriends and squeal giddily over every last detail of your fairytale proposal, we want to make sure that you don’t get so caught up in “Say ‘Yes’ to the Dress” marathons that you forget to actually What to do once you're engagedgo dress shopping yourself. Here’s our top three (trust us, there’s plenty more) things to do when you’re newly engaged:

1. Set a budget; set a date.  You’ll be surprised how accomplished you’ll feel just by committing to your wedding date and budget.

2. Go dress shopping. If you’re not considering a long engagement, we might even bump this up to #1. Not only does it take some time to find the perfect gown, it also takes some time to have it altered. For more on the ins-and-outs of alterations, see our post here.

3. Find your wedding planner. Not only do planners help bring your vision of your big day to life, they also, in some cases, double as a wedding coordinator—both of which you’ll want when push comes to shove. Do you really want your family to be responsible for cleaning up after your reception?