Now that the question has been popped, you can’t stop staring at your gorgeous rock, and friends and family have all squealed with glee, what do you do next? This question may seem daunting if all you can do is think of the countless things on your post-engagement to do list but relax! This is supposed to be a time for love, joy, and reflection so don’t worry; we promise it will all come together and we are here to help kick start the process of planning the perfect wedding in DC, Maryland or Virginia!


(Jennifer Chase Photography)

Show off that sparkle! Grab a friend or two and stop by your favorite nail salon for some quality pampering. You will undoubtedly be showing off your gorgeous ring to everyone around, not to mention documenting it on every form of social media imaginable, so you can splurge a little on a perfectly polished mani. Of course you want the world to know that you have an amazing man with fabulous taste in jewelry (and who are kidding, women) so feel free to show off a little. This is also the perfect time to rehash the proposal and start chatting about the upcoming big day! Why not throw in a pedicure as well? You deserve it!

Wedding Ring Finger Nail Polish

(Closer to Love Photography via Bridal Musings)

Brace yourself for the inquisition. Those closest to you are going to immediately ask a million questions. Did you set a date? Did you pick a venue? Do you have wedding colors picked out? Who is in your bridal party? You definitely don’t have to have all of the answers right away, but being able to arm yourself with a few vague answers will satiate those hungry for more. In order to do so, you may be able to quickly decide what time of year or seasons works best for the two of you, or what type of ceremony space or reception venue you can agree on. Our Washington DC area vendor guide is also the perfect place to start perusing to get an idea of what might suit you.

Talk about a budget and start saving. It’s no secret that weddings can get expensive, and quick! Talk to your partner about what is realistic and brainstorm from there. There are so many different ways to design your big day, and not everything has to break the bank! Stop over and check out our United with Love Inspiration and Ideas section to see different options and tweak things you love to make them yours. If you set a budget early on and begin to prepare, you are less likely to overspend and may have some extra moolah for a fabulous honeymoon!


(Sweet Pea Photography via Every Last Detail)

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planners can be such a huge aid in the planning and execution an amazing wedding. They know all of the best vendors, can pull together all of your great ideas, and most important of all, can seriously cut down on your stress levels. All of our amazing highlighted event planners are there to make your day a success; from full plans to partial plans to day-of coordinators, these vendors sure do know their stuff!

Set aside time for the two of you. Preparing for a wedding can take a lot of time and effort, and the post engagement period can be a flurry of excitement and the feeling that you need to be making moves right away. It is an amazing time, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to take a step back and remember why you are doing this. You are in love! Take a breath and spend some time as a couple; get all dressed up and go out on a nice date to celebrate, or plan a day trip to do something you both love. This time is all about you two, so enjoy it!


Could getting engaged be more fun? Enjoy every second of the wedding planning process by checking out all of the other DC area wedding advice that we have assembled just for you!

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