6 Ways to Celebrate Your Engagement

Just engaged? Congrats! Now's the time to celebrate as a couple and with your friends and family! (Our suggestion: Don't do any wedding planning before you do at least one of these things.)
by Simone Hill
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Revisit Your First Date

Whether you go to the same spot where it all started or reenact it elsewhere by ordering the same meal, this is a great time to get sentimental and reminisce about the beginning of your relationship (even if it wasn't perfect, it's still your story!).

Couple toasting their engagement with champagne

Pop Some Bottles

No engagement is truly complete without a celebratory drink, whether it's with just the two of you or surrounded by friends and family. Grab a bottle of your favorite champagne (or sparkling cider) and toast to your new engagement. If you're looking to switch it up a bit, nothing says you can't take tequila shots to celebrate your engagement and continue the party at your favorite bar afterwards.

Girlfriends getting manicures to celebrate engagement

Get Pampered

For the next few weeks all eyes are going to be on you (and that ring!), so you'll want to look and feel your best before all the chaos of wedding planning and prying questions begin. Go for a couple's massage or get mani-pedis with your best friends, because chances are they're going to want to hear all about the proposal, and they may have missed a few important details through your screaming over the phone.

California couple posing on rooftop for engagement photography session

Pose for a Just-Engaged Photo Shoot

Take your engagement photos while you still have your just-engaged glow. All you have to do is look good and have fun! Even if you're not doing a professional engagement shoot, or want to hold off until a few months later, snap a few couple-selfies in the moment. Not only will you have tons of memories of the day you got engaged, but you'll also have photos you can use on your wedding website, save-the-dates or engagement announcements!

Newly engaged couple on Honda mini bike

Take an Engagement-cation

Whether you fly across the world or visit a nearby bed-and-breakfast for the weekend, sometimes the best way to celebrate is to just relax. Even a mini-staycation, where you turn off your phone and tune everything out, can be the perfect chance to connect and enjoy one another's company. You'll have plenty of time to party with friends and family when you get back.

Want more? Of course you do!

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