Recently engaged? Here are the need-to-dos you should start on ASAP!
#1 Freak out!
It's a newly-engaged bride-to-be's prerogative, FYI.
#2 Take a ring selfie
You might want to give yourself a super-quick manicure to silence any sarcastic commenters ('love that chipped nail varnish look you've got going on!') but that's fine as it will give you time to think of the perfect caption.
#3 Tell your family
Obviously do this before you announce anything on social media. Parents and siblings should find out from you - not from retweet by your best friend on their Twitter timeline.
#4 Tell your girls
Start a Whatsapp group and start the chat with a casual picture of your engagement ring, and wait for the 'OMG, whaaat!'s to roll in.
#5 Buy your partner an engagement gift
It's nice to return the favour, no? You might want to buy them something timeless, like a watch, or something a bit less pricey, such as a romantic dinner date.
#6 Start thinking about dates
When do you want to get hitched? Soon? In three years? Discuss it together and work out when your ideal date - or, if nothing else, season - to tie the knot would be.
#7 Get your ring resized
Make this a priority if it's too big to stay on your finger; even if it's an OK-ish fit but swivels on your finger, you should still get it resized in order to mimize the risk of damage.
#8 Take out ring insurance
In case of damage or loss, duh. No matter how careful you are, accidents can - and annoyingly, will - happen.
#9 Consider your wedding budget
Work out a rough estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. Ideally, if your parents want to contribute anything towards the kitty, now's the time for them to speak up - but don't expect or assume they will, of course.
#10 Make a Pinterest board
Assuming you haven't already! The great thing is you can make it secret to begin with, and invite just a select few to view it. (Cough, bridesmaids.) Get your partner to make one as well so you can compare ideas and visions.
#11 Propose to your bridesmaids...
There are lots of lovely, creative ways to ask the big question - and if one of them says no for whatever reason, make sure you have a Plan B option.
#12 ...And get your man to pop the big question to his ushers, too!
Don't forget to choose a Best Man and Maid of Honour, as well.
#13 Invest in some wedding stationery
Nope, we're not talking save-the-dates or invites - rather, ringbinders, wall planners and notebooks (lots and lots of lovely notebooks - drool), for all your planning and organisation requirements.
#14 Have a casual Google of wedding venues
Also, ask friends who have married nearby for their recommendations.
#15 Consider themes for your day
Don't go too-crazy at this stage - but have a casual little browse here for some lovely ideas!
#16 Update that Facebook status
It's time - hit it up from 'in a relationship' to 'engaged'!
#17 Book an engagement photoshoot
It's something you'll always look back on fondly, after all; here's everything you need to know about getting the most from it!