…and you’ve got the guy – congratulations! Now, here’s what to do once you’ve bagged your sparkler 

1. Make an announcement. This is important news and not to be distributed lightly, so a Facebook update just won’t do. Categorise your family and friends and call them in order, then move on to the wider circle of people who will want to hear the news directly from you. Only then should you go online.

2. Get a manicure. Everyone, and we mean EVERYONE, will want to see that ring, so make sure your hand is in top condition – so that means manicures and hand moisturising to the max. Also ensure the ring size is correct – it makes a big difference.

3. Get your ring insured. Nothing can replace the sentimental value your dazzler now embodies, but you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if the worst happens, you can get a replacement.

4. Perfect the proposal story. You’ll be asked the same question over and over again. So embrace it and fine-tune your romantic tale.

5. Estimate a date. Usually the very next question after the proposal story is: “When’s the big day then?” Even if you just name the month or in some cases year when you potentially want to tie the knot, it means guests can start making plans.

6. Get creative. It’s time to let your mind run wild with exciting ideas. Pinterest (check out the Emirates Woman bride board) is great for inspiration.

7. Get serious. Once you’ve had a bit of time to dream about your perfect wedding, it’s time to come back down to reality and get on with the nitty gritty. Draw up an estimated guest list and decide your budget, which will lead to decisions on the venue.

8. Start saving. It’s time to have the talk with whoever will be funding the wedding. Remain realistic.

9. Create a wedding blog. Keep everyone in the know and get them excited for the upcoming nuptials by starting a blog or creating a Facebook page. Include information on the wedding date and venue. This way you avoid being pestered with questions from guests.

10. Relax with your fiancé. Take a deep breath and remember why you’re getting married.

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