Recently engaged? If the answer is yes, congratulations! Getting engaged is exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. What’s the next step after your engagement? Here are a few suggestions on what to do next…

Plan an Engagement Party

An engagement party lets you practise your planning skills for the wedding, while also creating excitement for the big day itself. Start by choosing a theme – you could match it with your wedding motif or make it unique to the party, perhaps based on your interests as a couple.

It’s practical to keep a reasonable budget, as you will want to save money for your wedding. Tree of Hearts has a range of beautiful and affordable engagement invitations to help you make a statement without breaking the bank.

Engagement Party InviteFeatured Designs: 'Shabby Chic Floral - Boutique Engagement' and 'Vintage Chalkboard - Boutique Engagement'

Have an Engagement Photoshoot

Capture some beautiful memories by booking an engagement photoshoot. It will let your photographer get to know you as a couple and see what kind of shots work best with you, which will help make the wedding photos even better! Engagement pictures make wonderful keepsakes, too.

Save the Date

Even if your marriage is a long way off, it’s still worth letting potential guests know the wedding date. This is especially helpful for guests who have children and need to make arrangements for them. Plus, if you’re getting married in summer, you’ll want to tell your guests before they start making holiday plans!

Our save the date cards and magnets are a lovely way to let friends and family know the date of your special day… That is, if you haven’t already told everyone in your excitement! Our products can be personalised, and many designs let you change colours so that you can match them to your wedding palette. It's also a good idea to use the same design as your wedding stationery to keep everything looking consistent.

Save the DatesFeatured Designs: 'Summer Love Birds - Save the Date Card and Magnet' and 'Festoon Lights - Save the Date Card and Magnet'

Find Wedding Inspiration

Even if you’re not ready to set all the wedding details in stone yet, why not start looking for some inspiration? You’ve probably already got plenty of your own dream elements in mind, but reading wedding magazines and blogs can help you find some fantastic new ideas which you can add to your plans.

You might start thinking about what kind of stationery you want. Getting your wedding invitations ready early on can also save you lots of stress! Look for stationers that offer samples so you can make sure you're happy with the design and quality before you order - Tree of Hearts offers two free samples in designs of your choice. Do you want to go all out with confetti and bunting? And what about those little touches that make the wedding so much more personal, like personalised table names and favour tags? Whatever you choose, most companies offer ranges of matching items so you can keep your theme consistent throughout the stationery; however, it's worth checking first to avoid disappointment.

WeddingFeatured Design: 'Rustic Wedding LaceDay Invitation, Table Name, Save the Date Card, Heart Table Confetti, and Favour Tag'

Make the most of your engagement by balancing wedding planning with plenty of memory-making! Spending time together is so important. Tackling the task of organising an engagement party and a wedding can be hard work, but it’s also a chance for you to grow closer and work as a team.