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You’re Engaged! Now What?!?!?

engagedDid you get engaged on Christmas or New Year’s? Congratulations! We hope it was the proposal of your dreams – and that you’ll announce the good news on our website.

Once the excitement of your new engagement has died down, you might be wondering where to go next. Here are some things you can do now that you’re getting married.

But First — Enjoy It.

Bask in the glow and warmth of the good wishes from everyone you tell, from close friends and family to online friends and strangers. Plan an engagement party to celebrate with those you love. You’re only going to be engaged once, so you might as well make the most of it!

Spread the News.

Share the news of your engagement. Change your Facebook relationship status. Announce it online (at SoMdWeddings.com) and in local newspapers. Send engagement announcements out to those you love who are far away.

Talk Money.

We know there’s nothing romantic about it, but the first step in the wedding planning process is to set a realistic wedding budget. You can’t plan the wedding of your dreams on the fly – you have to know how much money you have and where you can spend it. Who’s paying for your big day? If you’re expecting financial support from your families, now is the time to ask them whether they can pitch in – and how much. You can’t do much of anything until you’ve set a budget. Get it done so you can get planning!

Attend a Bridal Show.

There’s no better way to jump-start your wedding planning than by attending a local bridal show. And, luckily for you, there are several coming up in Southern Maryland over the next couple of months. Bridal shows are a great way to get ideas, be inspired, and meet several types of wedding vendors all in one place. Find our complete bridal show calendar here, and read these tips for making the most of your bridal show experience.

Schedule a Photo Session.

If you’ve already chosen a photographer – or have one in mind – schedule an engagement photo shoot. This is a great time to get to know your photographer, become comfortable in front of the camera, and have a little fun with your new fiancé(e).