July 25, 2022


You’re engaged! Now what? Being an Atlanta wedding photographer I share my own personal experience and the experience of my couples. I have created a list of the top things you should do after you get engaged to keep you on track for wedding planning. Whether you’ve been dreaming of this day your whole life, or you don’t even know where to start here are a few tips to get the party started!

1. Take advantage of free dessert…. I mean celebrate!!

Now, this might seem like a no-brainer, but celebrate and keep celebrating throughout your engagement! You’ll be married the rest of your life, but you’ll only be engaged for this short season. Take the time to soak in this season and enjoy time with your new fiancé! Make sure to keep having lots of date nights and designate certain nights as a “no wedding talk” night. Tim and I are very competitive and like to turn things into a game. So make it high stakes! If anyone talks wedding first they pay for dinner! Also be sure to tell everyone you just got engaged, because trust me, there will be free dessert, lots and lots of free desserts!!

2. Call your loved ones.

Before posting pictures or updating your relationship status call the ones you love! They want to hear the news from you personally and there’s nothing like celebrating exciting news as you hear family and friends screaming and singing for joy on the other end. (or maybe that’s just my family :P)
The day Tim proposed to me we got on the phone with both of our parents. Even though they couldn’t be there in person it was so good to talk to them and feel their joy and excitement for us!

3. Insure your engagement ring

If your ring is not already insured add it to your policy ASAP! If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend your time worrying about your new beautiful ring getting stolen, lost, or damaged! Most renter/homeowners insurance does not include this in their policy. You generally need to get your ring added to an existing policy or add a new one. I did not ensure my ring and when Tim and I went to Hilton Head for our honeymoon I was so paranoid about my ring. I’d take it off when we went to the beach and hide it in the car. Then the whole time I was worried about the car getting broken into! It’s much better to have peace of mind and just get it ensured!!

4. Find Inspiration

There are so many choices to make when planning a wedding. Having an inspiration board will help you develop a clear and organized vision for your wedding day. Small and rustic? Elegant and large? Or somewhere in between? Trust me, there are pins for it all! This is also a great way to share your vision with anyone helping to plan the wedding.

5. Don’t pick a date until you know…The venue, Photographer, or Family Events

Decide what is most important before you pick a date! Tim and I wanted a reasonable engagement of about a year and had planned to get married in October. Well, my mom passed suddenly and definitely unexpectedly, so we ended up eloping as it just did not feel right for me to have a big wedding if my mom couldn’t be there.

If you have been dreaming of a specific location or drooling over a gorgeous venue, call to see when they are available, and then book your date! The same goes for a photographer! If you have your eyes set on a specific photographer that you really want to document your special day contact them to see when they are available.

I hope these were helpful to you and your wedding planning! Have fun and don’t forget to tell everyone the good news of your engagement because…FREE DESSERT!!

Here’s to living life to the fullest,
Tamela Hall 
Forever Love Photography, LLC 

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