Congratulations on your engagement! It’s such an exciting time! While you’re in this absolute blissful state, I know how tempting it is to head to Pinterest and jump straight into planning the destination wedding of your dreams. But you need to hold it right there, sweetheart! Do you know that there are some practical things you should consider doing first before starting with the wedding planning? Trust me, these will save you from a lot of stress in the long run. So while you’re admiring that dreamy sparkler, read on to find out more about the practical things you need to do right after you get engaged.

Practical Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Photo: Victor Barbone Cabernet vintage engagement ring featuring a large 3.02 carat elongated, flatter old mine cut diamond. Styled by East Made Co, shot at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom, flowers by Lucy the Flowerhunter. Photo by Cristina Ilao

Get ring insurance

Most people don’t think about this but one of the wisest decisions you can make is to have your engagement ring insured. In fact, this is the most important of all the things to do after you get engaged. This step will help you have peace of mind over a stone falling out or (heaven forbid!) your shiny new ring getting lost or stolen. After all, it’s not just a symbol of your love for each other but also a huge financial investment. The last thing you want is to have an unfortunate incident ruining this special time of your life. These days you can get insurance online, at the comfort of your own home or at the touch of your fingertips.

You should first check whether your home contents insurance already covers items of jewellery and if so, what the policy’s per item valuables limit is. If your ring’s value is greater than this limit, you would need to amend the policy to ensure its full value is covered. Check the specifics of what your policy document covers. Some policies may not cover incidents that occur when the ring is outside your home. Some policies may also not cover accidental damage to your ring as standard.

Another option to consider is a separate fine jewellery insurance policy for your ring. The amount you can expect to spend will of course depend on your particular situation (your ring’s value, where you live, the extent of the coverage needed). There are many insurers offering various options so make sure you do your research first and choose a reputable one.

Practical Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Photo: Victor Barbone diamond vintage engagement rings. Styled by East Made Co, calligraphy by Shotgunning for Love, shot at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom. Photo by Cristina Ilao

Have your ring resized and cleaned

Now is the perfect time to get the ring size sorted. I’m sure your brand new fiancé took his time in choosing the perfect gem when he decided to put a ring on it. However if the sizing isn’t right, your new sparkler won’t look its absolute best. It could also easily slip off your delicate finger without you noticing it. I know you just got ring insurance, but surely you wouldn’t want to use that right away! It’s best to have the ring resized by the retailer who sold the ring as they would know exactly what to do with it. However, if the engagement ring wasn’t bought locally, ring resizing could get a bit tricky. I personally believe that resizing should only be left to a professional who can discus your available options.

What options? I hear you asking! The truth is, not all rings can be resized as this depends on the stone setting too. I recommend going to a local reputable jeweller. They will know lots of ways to get your ring to fit comfortably from using sizing beads, spring inserts or sizing bars to installing replacement shanks.

Oh and while you’re at the jewellers, remember that the next practical thing to do is to get the ring cleaned. While this can be done at home, most jewellers offer this for free anyway when you get your ring resized. So save yourself the hassle and have the professionals handle the cleaning. Some of them also sell cleaning solutions or can offer practical advice on how to clean your ring for next time.

Practical Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Photo: Victor Barbone Madrid Ring featuring a large 4.02 carat Moval Diamond. Engagement Ring is from the Art Deco Era, circa 1920. Styled by East Made Co, shot at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom. Photo by Cristina Ilao

Enjoy the moment!

It’s such a beautiful and joyful time between saying yes and saying I do! As much as wedding planning might seem like the next obvious step, don’t be so caught up in the things you need to do that you forget to enjoy the moment. Celebrate, just the two of you! Whether you fancy going on a weekend trip, having a simple celebratory dinner and just simply keeping the secret to yourselves, it’s all up to you. I think the most important thing is to just live in the moment and enjoy this momentous occasion in your life as a couple.

Practical Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Photo: Engagement shoot in Kensington, London featuring a pink, grey and black Marchesa off-shoulder ombre silk gown and black Bella Belle silk peep toe evening shoes. Flowers by Lucy the Flower Hunter, styling by East Made Co, Photo by Cristina Ilao.

You made it! You’re ready to announce it to your family, friends and the wonderful world of social media. (If it’s not on Facebook or Instagram, it’s not legit right?)I hope you found this useful! Feel free to comment below or get in touch and let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time!

Much love,
Cristina x

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