First of all! Congratulations!!! This is an exciting and momentous time in your life. As a bride-to -be myself, I can't stop looking at my hand and making sure my hands are manicured to show off my ring. There are so many things to consider, now that you're engaged. Here are my 5 tips for the newly engaged couple: 

Create a Wedding Email Address

One of the first things that many people do when they become engaged is to start conducting research. More than likely, you are signing up to receive additional information from many wedding vendors. To keep everything organized, having a separate email address specifically for all things wedding related, will help keep you organized and important emails in one place. I highly recommend Gmail to create your wedding email address. 

Deciding on a Wedding Budget

One of the first conversations that you and your fiancée need to discuss is how much you want to spend on your wedding day. Deciding this early on will alleviate a lot of stress and help keep you organized. Maybe you want an intimate, small wedding or maybe you want a lavish over the top wedding? It's up to you. One thing to remember is that everyone, from your family to your friends, to strangers will voluntarily give their input into what they think you should do for your wedding day. As long as you and your fiancée agree and set a budget, that's all that matters. 

Deciding When You Want to Have Your Wedding

Forget all the myths that say you can't plan a wedding in less than a year. You can do whatever you and your fiancée want. You don't even necessarily have to decide exactly when, but maybe a month and a year. Believe me, the minute after you're engaged, the infamous question will start rolling in... "When is the wedding?" One thing to keep in mind is that you can have your wedding whenever you and your fiancée want to. If you want to get married in less than a year, it is doable. If you prefer to have a longer engagement, that's ok too! It's entirely up to you and your fiancée. 

Get a Wedding Planner

If you would like hire a wedding planner for your upcoming nuptials, go ahead, but you don't necessarily have to. There are many free resources online that can begin to help you in your research for your wedding day. Websites like, The Knot , Wedding Wire , My Wedding, Wedding Lovely, and Perfect Wedding Guide provide a lot of free resources to help you get started planning. 

Enjoy Your Engagement

This is one of your most important moments in your life. You and your fiancée have decided to commit to each other and begin your journey together. Take this time to enjoy being engaged by scheduling date nights, planning your wedding together and just soaking it all in. Time will go by and all of a sudden it will be your wedding day, so be sure to take some time out for yourselves to enjoy this moment!