Congratulations!! You’ve just made one of the most life-changing decisions that some people only dream of: You’re engaged to be married! Once the initial haze of bliss fades it might be overwhelming thinking about wedding planning and invites and flower arrangements, oh my! But fear not, with a little planning, a great attitude and a lot of gratitude, the next major steps you take after you become engaged can be a breeze. Here is a list of a few concrete steps to take first:
Take as much time as you want to just bask in the joy of it all.
2. Insure Your Ring
Back to reality. Anything can happen. INSURE YOUR RING! We cannot stress that enough. Engagement rings are an investment. Get all your paperwork in order, get your ring appraised, your center Certified and get everything insured. Of course nothing means more than the powerful statement of love and devotion behind your engagement ring and that is even more of a reason to insure your beautiful, new engagement ring.
3. Think about the Particulars
Start daydreaming about when and where you want your wedding to be. Do you want a big wedding in the country in the middle of Summer? Maybe a small, elegant affair in the heart of your favorite city? Your thoughts might wander to the inconvenience of your guests but don’t let that deter you. This is YOUR wedding. You can have it any way you want it to be. And if you really don’t want to inconvenience anyone, elope!
4. Set A Budget
If you got it made like Heisenberg.. well you wouldn’t be reading this to begin with. But if you’re like the rest of us, you need to set a budget. Budgets aren’t sexy but saving money is. Do your best to put as little as you can on credit. You don’t want to spend the next decade paying for one day, even if it seems worth it at the time. It’s not. Be reasonable and have a little fun with it. DIY wedding projects are a blast if you do them with some fun bridesmaids and wine!
5. Pick a Dress
The best part!!! Once your budget is set and you have an idea of how and when you want your wedding to be, you can start thinking about your dress and even your bridesmaids dresses. Soooooooooo many choices! Great resources are The Knot’s Lookbook they have in every issue, and Brides Magazine.
We hope this tiny guide helps you in the scary initial phases of wedding planning. Congratulations on your engagement! Just remember, this is your day. You can have it anyway you like! Have some tips we missed? Share them in the comments!
Great things are happening here at Natalie K and we can’t wait to share with you! Here’s our 5 favorite new additions to the site just this week! Whether you’re crazy about rose gold, diamond halos, or large vintage-inspired pieces, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of these beauties.
An 18k rose gold split shank covered in diamonds adds modern flare to this already glowing diamond engagement ring. This piece is a welcome addition to our popular Le Rosè Collection where all our rose gold diamond engagement rings can be found.
Stars like Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, and Katherine McPhee opted for oval center diamond engagement rings. With a unique take on the halo diamond engagement ring, NK32891 sparkles and shines the way only an oval diamond can. Oval diamonds have benefits like appearing to have a larger carat weight due to their elongated shape that also can make the wearers finger appear longer and slimmer. This gorgeous piece can be found in our Eternelle Collection.
Nothing beats a classic three stone design for engagement rings. Representing your past, present and future, three stone diamond engagement rings are a beautiful representation of your love for one another now and forever. NK29675 adds a little more sparkle to that mix with diamonds set on the shank. This ring can be found in our Trois Diamants Collection.
Take a trip back in time with NK31570. Bezel-set pear-shaped side stones, pave-set diamonds all around, a beautiful 4-prong center mounting; this is the dream vintage-inspired diamond engagement ring. Feel like a queen with this diamond engagement ring that is absolutely fit for royalty. Find this dream ring in our Renaissance Collection.
We’re thrilled to introduce the Natalie K Platinum Collection. We’ve always had the option to order rings in platinum but these pieces are just ours and our customers absolute faves. Platinum has become more and more of a popular choice of metal for brides and grooms lately. What exactly makes this metal so special? There’s a number of platinum facts that make it a top choice metal in bridal right now.
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For those of you who were enthralled in all the drama and magic that was The Knot’s Dream Wedding, you’ve already seen the incredible outcome. For those of you who may have not, you’re in for a treat. One deserving couple was chosen to be gifted a Dream Wedding, everything from the gown to the venue would be paid for and styled to perfection. The one catch?! Every detail would be selected by The Knot’s vast, and quite stylish, fan base.
Meet Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino, a stunning couple who were unfortunately touched by the traumatic events which occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon. They’re lives and health were affected, but their love grew ever stronger. We followed their story closely and fell in love with them as well. Over the course of a few months, the venue was picked (The Biltmore estate, in Asheville, NC), the wedding dress was chosen (a stunning fit and flare Sophia Moncelli) and the details came together with the help of celebrity planner Marcy Blum.
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