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6 Things to do When you Get Engaged 

Well, you’ve called the parents and made the announcement official. But you don't have to worry about planning the whole wedding right away. We've put together a quick list of some of your first top priorities so the whole process doesn't seem so overwhelming.

Buy a bridal magazine.

This will give you some great ideas for your own wedding: colors, themes and style as well as hair and makeup. Many bridal magazines will also give you dates for local bridal shows and special deals that are in your area.

Figure out a budget.  

It’s important to sit down with your future spouse (and whoever is pitching in for the wedding) and figure out your finances for the length of the engagement and the overall budget. It may be a difficult conversation, but if a smart budget is decided beforehand, it can save you money in the long run.

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Collect names and addresses.

Make a first draft of your wedding guest list, complete with updated addresses and phone numbers.

Pick your location.

Picking a location for the wedding is one of the earliest decisions you will have to make. Once you do this, you can begin your venue search.

Start your beauty regimen.

If you’re planning on looking a certain way for your wedding, start working on that process now. Begin a diet and exercise plan, grow out your hair, and begin purchasing skin care products. This will also benefit your engagements photos. Consider getting a manicure right away—you’ll want your hands to look good with your new ring!

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Insure your ring.

Speaking of rings, most professionals will advise that you get yours insured if it hasn’t been already. Take a quick visit to the place of purchase with your future spouse and review your options for insurance.

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