You’re Engaged; Now What?

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Congratulations! You just got engaged! So, what happens next? Getting engaged is just the first step towards your journey to a whirlwind of romance leading to a lifetime of happiness. Expect a flurry of activities, from enjoying the moment to breaking the news to planning your wedding and everything in between. Feeling overwhelmed? Let us guide you through what happens after your partner receives your most coveted “yes”.

I Just Got Engaged; What’s Next?

It’s natural to feel a mix of emotions after getting engaged. Among them, you may feel a teeny bit of anxiety as the reality that you’re getting married sinks in. But take a deep breath. If you’re thinking, “I’m engaged; now what?” you aren’t alone. Here’s what you need to do:


The first thing you should do is pause and enjoy this beautiful point in time. Take some time and just be happy together. Remember, this moment is something you can never reproduce.

Soak in the feeling that you just got engaged and pop a bottle of champagne. Dance around your living room, revel in the moment’s beauty and stay in your engagement bubble for as long as you like.

Break the News

Share the happy news with family and friends. Once the VIPs are in the loop, everybody else follows. Make it Facebook official and post a ring selfie, or share a sweet picture of you and your fiancé on Instagram. Break the news however you like. 

You can also celebrate with people who are close to you. Round up your best friends and family members and go out for a celebratory drink.

closeup of woman sizing ring on finger

Get Your Engagement Ring Sized and Insured

You don’t need to get your ring sized if it already fits perfectly. But if it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to have it resized to fit your finger. Doing so helps you keep it from slipping off and getting lost.

Your engagement ring represents a vital milestone in your life. Sadly, we can’t always tell if we might lose it in the future, no matter how careful we are with jewellery. So, in the off-chance that it gets lost or stolen, insurance is the only way to have it replaced without buying a new one. 

While it may not sound romantic, getting your ring insured is worth it as the coverage is usually affordable, and the peace of mind it gives is invaluable.

Plan Together

Figuring out how to start planning a wedding? First, take a deep breath and grab your fiancé for a heart-to-heart. Creating a wedding plan timeline together not only helps streamline the nitty-gritty of the wedding details but is also a beautiful exercise in partnership and communication. Start by discussing how to initiate the planning process. 

From there, ponder the big questions: What season feels right for your wedding? How grand or intimate do you envision it? Is there a theme that resonates with both of you? And, crucially, what’s the budget looking like? Addressing these foundational aspects early on can help dodge potential roadblocks and ensure your wedding planning sails smoothly. 

Look for Wedding Inspiration

Before locking down the venue, look for wedding inspiration to envision how you want your wedding to unfold. Start by sculpting your wedding theme.

  • Colour Palette: What shades resonate with your style as a couple? Are you gravitating towards pastels, bold colours, or perhaps a monochrome scheme?
  • Floral Fantasy: Roses, lilies, wildflowers – which blooms capture the essence of your union? Don’t forget to think about how they would go with your ideal venue as well.
  • Seasonal Sentiments: Each season offers unique aesthetics. Do you dream of a winter wonderland, a spring blossom fest, a sun-soaked summer affair, or a cosy autumn union?
  • Tunes and Tidbits: Consider the beats and melodies that will fill the air. From a live band to a DJ, think about the rhythms that’ll get everyone dancing.

Gathering Inspiration: Pinterest is a goldmine for wedding inspiration. Dive deep to find ideas for your gown, table settings, floral designs, and so much more. Crafting mood boards can help visualise and consolidate your theme.

Marking the Date: Before you get too carried away, it’s crucial to nail down the date. This not only ensures the venue’s availability but also lays the foundation for all subsequent decisions.

Weather Wisdom: Your chosen date can greatly influence your wedding decisions. Aiming for an outdoor event in a potentially rainy month? Always have a Plan B. Remember, the season affects flower availability, colour moods, and even pricing for various services. Anticipating these factors means fewer last-minute surprises.

Above all, stay true to yourselves, ensuring your special day reflects your love story uniquely and beautifully.

Choose a Wedding Venue

outer view of hilton blue horizon chapel

Looking through wedding venues is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding. After all, it sets the tone for your entire event. For instance, are you going for a tropical vibe? Then choose a beach destination. But if you prefer being surrounded by abundant blossoms and striking green spaces, choose a garden wedding venue. 

Then again, why not a garden venue with a dazzling waterfront view? If that’s the case, then the stunning Hilton Blue Horizon Chapel in Cairns is the perfect place for you. It is a beautiful chapel overlooking the Trinity Inlet and the rainforest mountains, designed and built to harmonise with its surroundings.

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a pivotal part of your wedding planning journey. Your choice will shape the atmosphere of your special day, whether you dream of a tropical beach setting or a garden oasis surrounded by blossoms and lush greenery.

But why not combine the best of both worlds? Picture a garden venue with a breathtaking waterfront view. If this vision resonates with you, then the exquisite Hilton Blue Horizon Chapel in Cairns awaits.

Bring your dream wedding to life in a place with creative soaring ceilings and mirrored tiles complemented by artful stylings and floral arrangements. Say your “I dos” in a magical place that inspires the most enchanting atmosphere and creates a moment you will never forget. 

Are you interested in learning more? Browse our Hilton wedding packages and let South Pacific Bridal bring your dream wedding to life. You can also download our brochure.

Divide and Conquer

couple sorting letters and planning wedding

You already have a wedding date, and your checklist of to-dos is complete. It’s time to divide the work between the both of you. When you plan a wedding, it’s essential to share the load. Not only does it help you and your partner stay organised every step of the way, but it also ensures that you are both involved in the process. 

Choose what you each want to do from the checklist and share details of your progress at all times. For instance, keeping each other updated avoids situations where caterers receive different instructions. But if you prefer handing over the task to someone else, hire a reliable wedding planner. 

Finalise Your Guest List

Your wedding day should be all about you and your partner. So, ensure you invite people who can make your day even more special. However, your budget will affect how many people you can include in your guest list. Each guest will add to the number of wedding favours, chair rentals, and plates your caterer and wedding planner will prepare. 

Choose a number that’s smaller than your venue’s capacity so you can all enjoy the day without difficulty. A general rule you should know, however, is that up to 20% of your guest list will likely decline to attend due to unavoidable circumstances, such as illness, travel, or pregnancies. Out of those who RSVP “yes”, about 5% may not show up due to unforeseen situations.

Choose Your Bridal Party

You don’t have to do this right after your engagement, take your time. Consider choosing people who will be there to support you all the way, even in the most stressful situations. When it comes to your Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, and Best Man, choose someone responsible whom you can rely on.

Also, remember that more isn’t always merrier because your sanity will also come into play in this part. Can you stomach a bunch of people with different personalities asking questions and making comments left and right?

Hire a Wedding Photographer

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What better way to leave lasting memories of your engagement and wedding than hiring a photographer? Book a photographer early on because you want to find the best one. Although you can skip doing an engagement shoot, it’s still a good idea to do one to help you get used to getting photographed by a professional before the big day.

Hiring a photographer is also an excellent way to help you relive the events of your wedding. As the main characters of the day, you and your partner will likely be caught in a whirl of events. So, capturing moments of your big day will help you remember everything that happened and who was there to witness your magical moments.

Hire a Wedding Planner

Is planning taking a toll on your well-being? We get it; planning a wedding can get stressful and overwhelming at times.But this is precisely where wedding coordinators shine. These professionals have industry expertise, connections, and impeccable organisational skills. 

By hiring a professional wedding planner, you’re essentially enlisting a knowledgeable ally who can handle everything from vendor negotiations and timeline management to ensuring the day’s events run seamlessly. However, it’s essential to provide your personal touch and preferences. Offering input ensures that while they manage the logistics and minutiae, the wedding remains a true reflection of your vision and personality. It’s a harmonious collaboration: your dream paired with their expertise to bring your ideal wedding to life.

Choose someone whom you can communicate with effectively. They should be able to fully understand what you want for your wedding. That way, you can both be happy with the process and the results. When you work with such a person, your wedding plan timeline can go much smoother, and you will be happier.

At South Pacific Bridal, we have professional wedding planners who will work with you to understand your vision and bring it to fruition. With access to world-class contacts and suppliers, we ensure that no detail is overlooked. Work with our award-winning team, and we will support you every step of the way. 

Plan Your Wedding with South Pacific Bridal

bride standing in the middle of decorated chapel

If you’ve always dreamt of saying your vows in a lush garden, surrounded by sprawling greenery with an unobstructed view of the waterfront, the Hilton Blue Horizon Chapel stands out as an ideal choice. As Cairn’s premier wedding specialists, South Pacific Bridal offers all-inclusive wedding venues that cater to every couple’s unique vision.

Whether you’re looking for intimate, opulent celebrations or grand affairs, our all-inclusive destination wedding packages ensure your day unfolds flawlessly. Dive into our comprehensive and exclusive offerings to make your dream wedding a reality. Reach out to discover more about our destination wedding venues and how we can turn your vision into a cherished memory.

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