Call your relatives
Once you’ve said yes, you’re under a few obligations. One of these obligations is to phone pretty much all of your relatives to tell them the news. This includes the ones you don’t see from year-to-year, as painful as it might seem. Twitter and Facebook announcements are more for friends, colleagues and acquaintances; personal phone calls are for relatives, so set aside an afternoon or two.
Insure your ring
Of course, nothing can replace the sentimental value of your engagement ring, but at least by adding it to your insurance you can get some of the financial value back to help you to buy a new one. Call your insurance provider for help and advice here.
Start your wedding blog
You’ve phoned everyone who should be phoned and you’ve sent out emails, letters and FB announcements to everyone else. Now it’s time to work on your blog – it’s a good way to keep everyone in the loop with hotel suggestions, gift lists, dietary requirements and other ideas. Offer it to everyone who might want or need it, but don’t expect everyone to slavishly follow it every day.
Set a rough date
One of the first things you’ll be asked is when the big day is. You should have at least a month in mind and this will keep people happy until you pin down a definite date. It also helps you to plan and co-ordinate the event.
Set up a wedding savings account
Even a relatively small wedding can cost an alarming amount of money, so have a special account just for that purpose. Look for higher interest rates, especially if your wedding is a couple of years away still, then make sure a set percentage of both your salaries goes into it each month.
Invest in a wedding planner
This doesn’t have to be a person! At the very least get a calendar or an app to create a timeline – and deadlines – for the things you’ll need to have done before the big day.