Congratulations you’re engaged! You’ve had the most wonderful proposal and you’ve said YES! You’ve got a gorgeous ring, you’ve told your parents and posted the great news on social media. It’s official!

So what do you do next? Here is a simple guide to help you decide what to do next.

Choose your bridesmaids

Draw up your bridesmaid list before they can start arguing about it. A well organised chief bridesmaid is worth her weight in gold and is great for coming along for wedding dress shopping. Make sure that they all know their roles and have your interests first.

Decide on your ceremony

Church wedding, civil ceremony, humanist, hotel, countryside, beach wedding, the options are endless. Decide on what type of ceremony suits you both. You may want a Cathedral with 250 guests or a small remote ceremony with 30 of your close friends and family. Whatever you decide, check the date and book the legals and the venue.

Dream of the honeymoon

Start dreaming of what you want for the best holiday ever, whether it’s straight after the wedding or a few months afterwards, start dreaming about white sandy beaches, palm trees and five star hotels, or backpacking around Asia. Whatever suits you, plan it now.

Start a scrapbook

Buy some wedding magazines and start cutting out all the things you like. Use your Pinterest boards and if you have not already follow loads of wedding sites on Instagram. Do not forget to follow helenjaneeames for great photography inspiration!

Hit the town

You’re engaged! You’re getting married! Time to celebrate and have a great night out to celebrate. Whether you are planning a party or just a night out with friends, go for it, have a great night!

Don’t panic

That comes later! Enjoy being engaged, it’s the best time. you are madly in love, there is loads to do, enjoy it all.

Enjoy the moment! Have fun!

Love Helen xx