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Con­grat­u­la­tions, you’re en­gaged! But now that you’ve got that ring on your fin­ger, you’re faced with where to be­gin. From the big re­veal to fam­ily and friends, to mak­ing a bud­get and stick­ing to it, con­sider these point­ers when set­ting out on your jour­ney

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

01. THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT

As ex­cit­ing as it is, it’s best to hold off the pub­lic an­nounce­ments un­til you’ve let those clos­est to you know first. The last thing you need is for your par­ents to ring you up, of­fended that they found out about your en­gage­ment via a re­la­tion­ship sta­tus change on Face­book. If you or your part­ner have chil­dren from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships be sure to let them know first. Next in line, your par­ents, best friends and im­me­di­ate fam­ily. If there’s any­one who you think will be of­fended that they weren’t told di­rectly, best to get on the phone with them be­fore post­ing that ring snap to In­sta­gram.

02. WRIG­GLE ROOM?

As beau­ti­ful as that en­gage­ment ring might be, there is the chance that it’s not quite the right fit – whether it’s too tight, or that tiny bit too big, get your ring re­sized as soon as you can. The last thing you need is for it to go miss­ing just af­ter you get it!

03. COVER YOUR BASES

Your en­gage­ment ring could be one of the most ex­pen­sive pieces of jew­ellery you’ll ever own, so it makes sense to get it in­sured in case the un­think­able hap­pens. Be­fore you set out, get your ring val­ued. In­sur­ers re­quire an in­de­pen­dent and up-to- date val­u­a­tion be­fore they can of­fer a pol­icy. When choos­ing a pol­icy, read the fine print and keep an eye out for things like whether you’ll need the ring ap­praised ev­ery year or what your re­place­ment or com­pen­sa­tion is for a be­spoke ring.

04. START SAV­ING

No mat­ter how big or small you choose your wed­ding to be, it’ll cost. Start a wed­ding sav­ings ac­count and work out how much you can af­ford to put in the ac­count each pay check. Re­mem­ber, ev­ery dol­lar counts.

05. DON’T STRESS

Don’t feel like you need to rush to the al­tar. There are many fac­tors to take into con­sid­er­a­tion; money, fam­ily, health and work, just to name a few. The im­por­tant thing is for you and your other half to en­joy the wed­ding plan­ning process and tie the knot when you’re ready. W

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