Getting engaged is an excitement-filled time in your life. You suddenly see your future clearly, and you couldn’t be happier about what you’re envisioning. But when you and your fiance get some time in between telling your engagement story and gazing at your new ring, here are a few things that you’ll want to cross off of your list:

You're Engaged! Now What?Announce your engagement
Share the news with all of your closest friends and family by sending them an engagement announcement. The card should have your names and all of the engagement party information, like the address of the bash and an RSVP phone number or email. This Retro Houndstooth – Engagement Party Postcard gets the word out with a fun, vintage design and a bright border.

Get a manicure
Everyone is going to want to catch a glimpse of the sparkler on your finger, and I don’t think you’re going to be mad about it. To ensure that your ring looks as perfect as possible, dress up those nails with a manicure. Opt for a simple, solid shade that won’t draw the attention away from the rock on your finger.

Set a budget
Although you may want to focus on picking out your dress and deciding on your favorite flowers, finances should be made a priority. Sit down with your spouse-to-be and set a general budget so that you know what you can afford and don’t spend more than you would like.

During that same discussion you may want to talk about who is going to pay for what. You have several options here: You and your fiance could host the wedding, paying for the event in its entirety. But you could also get financial help from parents, whether they’re yours or your future spouse’s. They may be willing to chip in on a few things. It’s important to get this settled before you purchase anything for your big day.

Set a timeframe and location
Don’t worry – you don’t have to have an exact date picked out right when you get engaged. You do, however, want to have a general timeframe decided on – like the season and the year. This way your guests will have a good idea about when the wedding will be. You should also set a location for your wedding day – that’s what your wedding invitations are for. Again, you don’t have to decide on a venue – simply pick out the city and the state.

Check location availability
Before you fall in love with a certain venue for your big day, you’ll want to make sure that they have an opening on the date of your wedding. If not, you may have to look elsewhere or adjust your date.

Have you crossed any of these engagement to-do’s off of your list? Share your thoughts with us!