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With the holidays in full swing, families coming to town, and love in the air, it’s no wonder why this time of year has been deemed engagement season. There is something that is undeniably magical about the season, and saying “YES” to spending the rest of your life with your best friend is icing on the cake. We know you’re overwhelmed with excitement and emotion, but before you make any decisions, here’s the best engagement advice that we’ve ever been told and that you should keep in mind now that you have that shiny ring on your finger!
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1. Bask in your engagement glow
It’s really easy to get wrapped up in posting your engagement immediately onto social media, but timing is everything. Instead of saying yes and then jumping on your phone to tell the world. Instead, just take a step back and relish in the moment. Take the day and the night to leave your phone in your bag and just enjoy your time with your new FIANCÉ. Being engaged is such a short period of your life. It’ll last anywhere from 6-12 months (on average) and then it’ll be gone and he or she will no longer be your fiancé, but instead your husband and wife. If you don’t bask in it, you’ll look back at this time and regret not enjoying every second.
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2. Ok fine, post it on social media
But first, share it with all of your family and friends with a phone call or text message. The last thing you want to happen is for your family and friends to get angry that they found out solely through social media.
Brace yourself for the onslaught of calls, texts, comments, and likes you’re about to receive. The outpouring of love will be awesome yet overwhelming. Again, see above, and take in every moment and loving message you get.
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3. Start talking budget
Your family is in town, so what better time to start securing a wedding budget. This has to be your first step in your planning process since you can’t choose anything unless you know what you’re working with. If your families are helping out, have a candid conversation with them on what they are willing to give. If you’re paying for it yourself, sit down with your fiancé and figure out what is going to work best for you. Map out your expectations and priorities. Do you want to invest more in a photographer or a videographer? Do you prioritize food over entertainment? These questions will largely point you in the right direction on where you want to allocate most of your money.
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4. Pick your wedding season
Yes, we said season, not date. First, coordinate and figure out what wedding season fits you and your fiancé best. From there, start coordinating with your family. If you choose summer, will June, July or August be the most convenient month for everyone? If you choose fall, September or October? You get the point. Get a month and a couple of options of weekends solidified before you move forward with anything else.
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5. ‘Tis the season for shopping sprees… Venue shopping that is.
Unfortunately, because the holiday season is so popular for engagements, venues tend to get swooped up pretty quickly. If you’re following this (like you should! – trust us this advice saved us SO much headache during our engagements) then you’ll have a few options of weekends and months that work best for you. Choose a few options for venues and set up viewings to scope out the landscape. Keep in mind, that venue will play a huge part in your wedding pictures. View the setting around the same time that you’d want to get married there. After narrowing it down to a couple of your favorites, then start negotiating prices further and looking at what dates they have available. Once you sign the papers for your perfect venue, you will officially have your date set! Yay!
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As the engagement is still so new, some couples may opt for an engagement party. Registering for wedding gifts before that party will be key! You will actually get things you want and/or need when you give your guests and loved ones a guide to go off of. Also, with engagement pictures and wedding pictures in your near future, secure your wedding album now rather than later. This way you’re given freedom to customize on your timeframe and secure a price that can easily fit into your budget.
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7. Study up on wedding planning guides!
You can officially cross off some of the hardest tasks on your wedding planning list! Now, for the fun stuff (aka wedding cake tasting – yum!). Check out this wedding planning guide that will map out what you need to do by month.
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We hope that you took as much from this advice as we did when we first heard it! Trust us, it’ll save you a lot of time, headaches, and arguments if you plan ahead and think this through. While the logistics aspect is necessary the most important thing to take away is to enjoy every moment of your engagement. It is such an exciting time and we couldn’t be more thrilled for you and your fiancé. Congratulations again!!