The Top 10 Must-Dos When You’re First Engaged

Rivers Club Private Events Director Amanda Offers Her Wedding Planning Expertise

With Valentine’s Day and the winter holidays come plenty of marriage proposals, and you might have been included on the list of those who got engaged this winter! This is the biggest time of year for wedding planning, so now that you’re engaged, what do you do?

Rivers Club Private Events Director Amanda Rapach wants to offer you some places to start when just beginning your wedding planning journey. There are plenty of wedding planning tools and checklists available on wedding web sites and social media, but Amanda’s favorite checklist is the Martha Stewart Wedding Workbook. You can download the guide by clicking here

The following are Amanda’s top 10 must-dos when you’re first engaged:

1. Enjoy using the word fiancé.  Sometimes brides feel awkward changing introductions from “boyfriend” to fiancé. You only get to say it for a short period of time, so say it all the time while you can.

2. Look at your ring. In every light possible, from every direction. Show everyone. Be excited and bask in the attention you’ll get from it.

3. Speaking of rings, get yours insured.Your fiancé has likely worked hard to get you the engagement ring of your dreams, so you don’t want to lose it and not be able to replace it.

4. Perfect your proposal story. After you show everyone the ring, they are going to want to hear the STORY. Take the time to enjoy reliving the moment. If you’re making a wedding website, share the story on your page.

5. Take engagement photos. This is a great opportunity to meet the photographer and get comfortable with him/her before the big day. Get used to being in front of the camera with your future husband, because come the day of the wedding, the spotlight will be on you two all day and night.

6. Join Pinterest. Wedding Pinspiration is an amazing thing! Setting up Pinterest boards is a great way to plan and stay organized.

7. Choose your wedding party. There are some great ways to ask your friends to be a part of your special day. Get creative with it!  

8. Go dress shopping. Oh, dress shopping.  Something happens to a girl when she puts on a wedding dress. The little princess in all of us comes out.

9. Just breathe. With all the planning coming up for the wedding, consider taking a couple weeks to just be engaged without working on the details for the wedding. It’s nice to enjoy time with your favorite person without feeling the pressure to plan the big day. 

10.  Call Amanda to tour the Rivers Club for your reception.

Rivers Club Oxford Room
Rivers Club Three Rivers Ballroom

About Rivers Club Events

With seven event spaces that boast varying layouts and capacities, we have hosted everything from weddings to networking events, bar mitzvahs to individual meetings. 

Personalization is what makes your private event at the Club so unique. Chef Jim Gelzheiser can prepare anything you crave for your special day, and our private event directors, Kari Jensen and Amanda Rapach, are with you through every step of the planning process. 

Weddings are especially popular at the Club, with the Three Rivers Ballroom measuring 3,955 square feet and comfortably seating up to 250 guests for a wedding (with a dance floor) and 300 for other seated dinner events.

During weekends, private event hosts can have access to the entire dining level of the Club. This provides separate areas for the wedding ceremony, hors d’oeuvres, and the reception, which means you don’t have to share the space with another wedding party; something all too familiar at other venues. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about last-minute set up and layout changes – it’s all taken care of in advance. 

In addition to the Three Rivers Ballroom, other private room options include:

  • The Duquesne Room, a traditional space with rich wood décor that can be used for cocktail parties of up to 45 people, luncheons for groups up to 35 or committee meetings of 25 or fewer.
  • The Rivers Room, a 60-seat backdrop for an impressive view of Station Square, the Incline and Mount Washington, as well as several pieces of inspiring local artwork.
  • The Grant Room, presenting Station Square by way of expansive windows and abundant sunlight, is ideal for an intimate dinner party of 20 people or fewer.
  • The Smithfield Room is a corner room that seats up to 12 and faces the Smithfield Street Bridge, best for small team meetings or board discussions.

The Rivers Club has close relationships with many private event vendors that will ensure every last detail is perfect. 

Rivers Club Three Rivers Ballroom Table Setting


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