Just Engaged? Here's How to Make It The Best Week of Your Life

Besides taking the perfect engagement ring selfie, of course..

Updated 12/08/16

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Are you newly engaged? Before you get down to the nitty-gritty planning details, you have four very fun jobs to do. Here is how to best spend the first week of your engagement.

1. Drink champagne, frequently.
We're not saying spend your first week of your engagement totally smashed. But we want you to amp up the sparkly, happy, bubbly spirit of this new phase of your life as a couple. Pop open a bottle just the two of you — as well as with everyone else who wants to celebrate with you. Veuve Cliquot for the win.

2. Spread the news. Together.
Don't send group texts or post your proposal picture on Facebook; instead, slow things down. Pick up the phone and call your nearest and dearest. This way, you'll both experience the sharing of the joy of your news and have fun retelling the story of your relationship and proposal. (Stave off any "Have you set a date?" questions with a simple, "We're just so happy to be spreading the news. We're not there yet, and as soon as we know, we'll tell you.") Don't miss out on this opportunity of receiving congratulations coming your way. So much more meaningful than a Facebook "like," right?

3. Cocoon. Just the two of you.
Spread your news to the world, but at the same time, keep the world out. Don't just hop back into the normal routine of work, dinner, TV, bed, work, dinner, TV, bed. Make it a special, sexy week, just the two of you. Be cozy at home, talking about your past, your present, your future together. Pop open a Veuve or two. Have lots and lots of rambunctious and free-flowing newly-engaged sex — does it feel any different now that you'll be a forever couple? Make it a sexy week to remember.

4. Keep it simple. You get your first week of your engagement just once.
So be present for it, bask in it, savor it, enjoy it, revel in it, and make these simple pleasures linger and last. You've got plenty of time to plan the wedding, promise.

Allison Moir-Smith is a bridal counselor specializing in engagement anxiety and cold feet and the creator of The Emotionally Intelligent Engagement video series.

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