Just got engaged at Christmas? Here’s what to do next…

Christmas and New Year may be over but for some couples, they unexpectedly became a truly memorable time in their lives together as they received the most wonderful present of all… they just got engaged!


‘Tis the season for proposals after all.

Apparently, when it comes to vying for the most popular day in the whole year to get engaged, Christmas Day is the clear winner. With the festive spirit in full flow, the vibe of gift-giving strong and the time of year when many people take time off work to spend quality time together, it’s a top choice.

With some enlisting help from friends and family to put together the best Christmas proposal, it makes sense to do it whilst everyone is together. In fact Bridebook estimated that as many as 100,000 proposals were likely to happen over the 2018 Christmas period alone.

Whether their engagement ring was also their Christmas present or they got spoilt even more, many brides to be are now avidly involved in telling their families and the world and picking up their bridal squad.

So you’ve just got engaged? 

Here’s a handy list of what to do next:
  • the ring: get it resized and insured as soon as possible to cover accidental damage, or losing a stone. You can also add it to your house content insurance.
  • get a manicure: everyone will want to see THE ring. Treat yourself to a lovely manicure to get the full hand look perfect!
  • Pinterest will become your best friend for the next few months / year: create separate boards for each part of your wedding. Pin profusely. Refer back to the boards a few days / weeks later and select what you still like then.
  • The budget should be the first item on your ‘list of decisions’ as it will determine everything else from when you can get married to the venue, the number of guests, the honeymoon and everything in between.
  • Put together a rough guest list: the must-haves, the nice-to-have and the don’t-really-know-yet. You need to know this to determine which venues will be suitable.
  • Decide on a location. Where will your dream day happen? Will it be where you grew up? Near an airport so that International guests can come easily? Near an elderly grandparent so that they can attend?
  • Bridal squad: who’s in? Pick your bridesmaids and pop the question! (Plenty of inspiration for how to do this nicely on Pinterest)
  • Make a list for everything else: venue, caterers, photographer, florist, cake, dress, stationary, gift list, honeymoon, hen do etc etc.
  • Set a date. Try and avoid Friday 13th and big sporting events.
Here is a handy list of all the main sporting events happening in 2019 and 2020:
  • 6th April 2019: Grand National
  • 18th May 2019: FA Cup Final
  • 13th & 14th July 2019: Wimbledon Finals
  • 20th September to 2nd November 2019: Rugby World Cup
  • 12th June to 12th July 2020: Euro 2020
  • 24th July to 9th August 2020: Tokyo Olympics
  • 25th August to 9th September 2020: Tokyo Paralympics

Let’s hope for lots of medals and trophies for Team GB.

Gold has also been in my mind recently… I am very very proud to announce that I was the

Winner – Gold Certificate of Excellence at the Bridebook.co.uk Wedding Awards 2019.

So if you’re looking for an Award Winning solo musician for your wedding… look no further!

Check my website to listen to gigs and weddings I have done in the past as well as see 100s of glowing testimonials from brides and others I have entertained over the years.


“Wow! What an incredible day and Jon just added to it. He was loved by everyone! Really helped set the mellow chilled out tone we wanted. Thank you Jon.”

“Jon was exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble. His incredible talent & execution of that talent is unique.” Sarah & John’s wedding

“A genuinely nice guy, professional and ridiculously talented – he made my birthday party one to remember” Sarah Dawson

You might also want to look at my top tips for booking a solo musician for your wedding.

Whether you’ve just got engaged or have been planning for a while, we’d love to chat to you about your requirements.

Much love,

Jon xx


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