• Celesia Faith Patterson

Enjoying your Engagement

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

You've found the perfect catch, but what's next? Here are a few tips and little advice to help you through a stress-free engagement.

It’s that time of year – engagement season is nearing its end. Congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples! What’s next, though? There is so much that goes into planning a wedding. Securing a venue, florist and finding the perfect dress... but hold on! An engagement is such an amazing time – it is important to enjoy the process.

Here is some advice to help you through the beginning of your engagement.

Who should you call before posting about your engagement on social media? This should be obvious – call the ones closest to you! Immediate family is a must – mom, dad and siblings should know first. Next, tell your family but don't let them find out on social media. The worst thing is to have people find out through the grape vine, and if your family is anything like mine, word can travel fast! We live in a social world now, so it is customary to post those cute pictures on social media almost as quickly as they are taken, but before you click ‘post,’ make sure you make those important calls first.

How to pick your bridal party without offending anyone. It can be a little awkward picking your bridal party when you have so many friends that want to be involved in your special day. Some brides choose more than one maid of honor, and most brides choose not to have one at all so their bridesmaids are equally involved. Here's a tip: Choose close family before friends. The most important thing to remember is the right people will be happy to be celebrating your day with you, whether they’re your maid of honor, a bridesmaid, or sitting in the audience. Your day is about YOU.

What should you delegate to your maid of honor? One of the best things about having a bridal party is their ability to help with wedding tasks – USE THEM! An important first step after you get engaged is coming up with a to-do list. This gives your maid of honor and the rest of your bridal party a clear idea of what to do and when. Your maid of honor should aim to figure out what skills the rest of the bridal party can bring to the wedding planning process. Try planning a 'girls day-in,' play games and delegate tasks to your MOH and bridesmaids. This will make the wedding planning process stress-free and fun for everyone!

Keep your mother involved in your wedding. Speaking of stress-free FUN, keeping your mother involved in the wedding planning process is something brides accidentally neglect. Especially if you are an only child, your wedding day is something your mother has been dreaming about since you were born. Maintaining a good relationship early in the process [with your maid of honor and your mother] will make things a lot easier. Secretly, moms do like to be included in ALL the details.

What is a customary timeline to get things done throughout your engagement? After getting engaged, couples often have no clue where to start. What do you do first? It is often customary to set the date, find your officiant and book the venue over a year prior. Within 8 months of your wedding date, you should have a photographer and videographer, music and entertainment, caterer and the lovely bridal gown. Within 2 months of your wedding date, invitations should be mailed. Touch base will all vendors you’ve selected, and submit newspaper or media wedding announcements. These are all important components to a wedding and can be simplified by hiring a wedding planner and day-of coordinator! So, enjoy your engagement. Don’t stress. Enjoy these special moments, because they’ll pass before you know it.

Written by JJ

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