This Is the Very First Thing You Should Do After Getting Engaged

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You just got engaged—congrats! Between choosing your bridesmaids (Katie, Liz or both?!) and selecting a honeymoon locale (it's gotta be Bali, right?), there's a lot to think about. But trust us when we say that there's one thing you should do before you start planning your nuptials: Take some time to set a budget. 

Sure, budgeting with your betrothed might not be the most romantic thing in the world, but setting guidelines from the get-go will save you tons of stress down the line. (Plus, no one says you can't have financial talks over a glass of wine and a nice cheese board.)

Will last-minute costs spring up out of the blue? Most likely, but making a realistic budget—before doing anything else—is still paramount. If you don’t, you risk falling in love with a dress or a venue—or both—before realizing that each one costs more than you’re willing to spend for the whole shebang.

And think of it this way: The sooner you do it, the sooner you can move onto way more exciting stuff. 

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...