Written by Katie Byrne, published 15th feb 2017
You've popped the cork, taken the ubiquitous ring selfie and told your friends and family. You're engaged! Now here's what's next...
Newly engaged? Congratulations!
So - you've said 'yes', taken a selfie with your engagement ring, shaken off the champagne hangover... And now the real fun begins: the wedding planning!
Print out a copy of this list, sit down with your fiancé and work out what you need to do before you can start the countdown to your wedding day.
#1 Work out how soon you want to get married
It doesn't have to be an exact date - this will generally fall into place once you've booked your venue - but have a rough idea of when you want to say 'I do'. Do you want to get married before the end of the year, or are you happy to wait a bit longer?
#2 Decide on your budget
You and your partner will need to be up-front with each other about this: how much can you afford to spend on your wedding, and is there any potential for your families contributing anything towards the cost?
#3 Make sure you've told people that aren't online
We're thinking the grandparents who aren't on Facebook or perhaps didn't catch your announcement on Snapchat; yes, they've almost certainly heard the news from your family already but if you're close, you should really make an effort to visit them or at least call them so you can tell them your big news yourself.
#4 Draw up a list of venues you want to visit
Whether you're basing it on location, recommendations or a more quirky quality (such as that incredible light-up dancefloor you've heard about...), research is key to this. Once you know how much (roughly) you can spend, as well as how much 'wiggle room' you have, you can start looking at venues. Budget, guest-list size and venue all link seamlessly into each other: you can't really move any further forward without having at list two ticked off. Which brings us neatly on to...
#5 Come up with a rough guest-list
Now's the time to ask both sets of parents if there's anyone they particularly want to see at the celebration.
#6 Pick your bridesmaids and ushers
Decide how you want to 'propose' to your girls with our list of suggestions here.
#7 Update your relationship status on Facebook
Because it will keep those 'congratulations!' messages flooding through for just a little bit longer.
#8 Consider engagement ring insurance (and get it resized if needs be)
Because it's always better to be safe than sorry, no?
#9 Create a wed-site
GettingMarried.co.uk makes setting up your own wedding website oh-so simple: just sign up, pick a template and you're away! Find out more about it here.
#10 Start browsing Pinterest and Instagram for ideas
If you haven't already, that is - but we imagine by this stage, you're probably knee-deep in thousands of ideas for your dream big day. (And about a dozen other weddings, too!)
#11 Research photographers
Much like venues, the best ones get booked up months in advance. Click here for our essential guide to choosing the perfect photographer for you! Also: videographers. Do you want your day captured on film? If so, start researching now!
#12 Decide if you want to do something to mark your engagement
Such as an engagement party, or booking an engagement shoot. Many photographers offer complimentary engagement shoots as part of their wedding packages, so talk to yours to see what they can offer you.
#13 Talk to recently-married friends and families for their recommendations and advice
They might be able to recommend a fabulous local cake-maker or florist, or help you steer clear of
#14 Start looking at stationery ideas
Because once you've sorted the date and venue, you can start sending out your save-the-dates! The sooner you send out your save-the-dates/invitations, the sooner your potential guests will be able to add your wedding to their calendars - click here for four things you should include with your invites.
#15 Buy a present for your fiancé!
Because let's face it: he's the best.