If you have just gotten engaged then congratulations are in order. You have just embarked upon an exciting journey that will culminate in your marriage. An engagement is a very important step in a couple's life because this is when they decide to get married and make a life together. This momentous occasion is certainly cause for celebration, and indeed they are sometimes formally announced at engagement parties which are usually hosted by the girl's parents. However, there is more to getting engaged than having a party and wearing a beautiful ring.
The engagement is the period between the proposal and marriage and there is a lot you have to do during this period. Couples normally take a year or so before they get married and this gives them ample time to really get to become used to the commitment. They also use this period to plan for the upcoming nuptials and for their subsequent life together as a married couple.
You should start working on your wedding preparations as soon as you get engaged. The first thing you have to do is set the date for your wedding. It would be best to get an approximate idea at first so that you can find out whether other variable aspects can be accounted for. For example, you might have to check if the date is suitable to the both of you, taking into account work and other commitments. You might even want to check if both sets of parents are free during this period.
Decide who the members of your wedding party are and invite them accordingly. They will be extremely helpful in taking some of the burden of the planning and execution away from you. This will also help them plan ahead to keep open the dates you need them. If there is a particular venue you wish to be married at, you will have to book it immediately. You might even have to change the date of your wedding by a few days in order to accommodate it. You should also decide on the catering and the many innumerable aspects of planning a wedding.
If you are absolutely sure of what you want, you might even need to place deposits with the various suppliers and contractors so that you can be absolutely certain of their cooperation.
Do not neglect to have fun during the time you are engaged. Don't let the marriage preparations become a chore. Have a great time selecting your wedding outfit and try to extract as much fun out of all the preparations.
Don't ever lose track of why you are getting engaged in the first place. Make a lot of time for your fiance and do not let the stress of marriage preparations get in the way of your love. Many engagements flounder upon this rocky stretch. After all, being affianced is a precursor to your married life and you have to ensure that it is as enjoyable and filled with love and caring as possible.