There’s nothing that quite compares to the excitement of getting engaged. It’s a cloud nine, top-of-the-world kind of feeling and it’s worth soaking up every blissful moment. But once the news has been shared, the champagne has been popped, and your new fiancé(e) status begins to sink in, it’s time to think about what to talk about with your fiancé(e) after your engagement, wedding-wise.
When it comes talking to your fiancé(e) after your engagement, consider these topics to set yourselves up for smooth sailing down the aisle.
What’s our engagement timeline?
Many newly engaged couples feel pressure to set “the date” right away, and while it may be necessary for some circumstances to secure a dream venue or vendor, it’s most important to first determine a general timeline for your engagement. Do you want two years to plan your wedding or two months? Do you want a lavish celebration, a simple courthouse ceremony, or something in between? Is either of you in a school or work program that could interfere with a particular semester or season? All these factors will ultimately play into the date you choose and what’s realistic to organize within a given timeframe. There’s no right or wrong engagement timeline but it is critical to choose a route that works best for you as a couple.
What's our budget and who's paying?
Nobody likes to drop the “b” word—budget, that is—but it’s an important talk you’ll need to have with your fiancé(e) after your engagement. Before either of you get carried away booking vendors or vendors you should sit down and determine both the overall wedding budget and who’s paying for what. In some circumstances, this may be a conversation your parents or relatives should be present for to avoid any miscommunication of expectations down the line. When handled with openness and sensitivity, discussing the budget from the get-go will ensure you know how to financially prepare for this time in your life.