You’re Engaged! Now What?

It’s officially wedding planning season! Here at Swoozie’s, we are big fans of this time of the year because it gives us all something to celebrate. And what is better to celebrate than true, undying love? 

In 2013 one of our very own girls, Sarah, got engaged. Eek! So, we thought it would be exciting to introduce a blogging series where Sarah will share the ups and downs of her very own wedding planning. In the following weeks, Sarah will blog about her own experience, providing tips and advice as she learns along the way. She will even solicit the advice of others and create an online dialog for all of our other recently engaged readers. 

So, without further ado, let’s get planning! 

You’re Engaged! Now What?

Hello, ladies! First, I would like to pause for a moment of exciting reflection. I am engaged!

Now, while that may or may not matter to you, the purpose of this blog is to bring all of us engaged (or married) women together so that we may share our experiences, trials, and successes as we go through these next few months with one another. Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of a women’s life. But, with that excitement can also come stress.

Before I get into a few tips that make up my first blog, I figured I would at least give you a little background on my story.

I was engaged in the latter part of 2013, when my boyfriend, Kevin, of over two years popped the question. It was a romantic night that involved flowers, dinner, wine, and a dance to “our song.” I will never forget the overwhelming emotions that were felt that night. The photo above was taken the following day during the madness of family celebration.

Since Kevin and I were engaged, we have spent a lot of time working on planning our wedding. There are a lot of details to cover, and it can easily become overwhelming. First, let’s start at the beginning. You’re engaged, and that’s awesome! But, now what?

1. Write it down, so you don’t forget

Before you begin looking at wedding dresses and contemplating flowers, pause to really reflect on this moment. In 10 years, will you remember exactly what your fiancé said when he proposed? Probably not!

Take the time to write down everything you can remember about that special moment. What was the weather like? What were you wearing? What did he say when popped the question?

The week Kevin and I were engaged I bought a journal and have been writing about the experience since the beginning. This is a special time in your life and you should document the pivotal moments along the way.

2. Talk timeline

Only you and your fiancé know what a realistic timeline looks like. While most couples give themselves a year to plan a wedding, determine what it best for you. Kevin and I have a very busy schedule in 2014 and knew that the only month we could realistically get married was in June. However, that was going to limit the amount of time we had to plan.

I vote for scheduling more time than less. It will help alleviate the stress of feeling like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

3. Breakdown a realistic budget

I put an emphasis on realistic for a reason. I plan on addressing this topic more in-depth at a later date, but I think it’s important that you understand how much money you have to spend before you start any planning (or dreaming).

Getting married can be expensive, and with Pinterest, wedding blogs and magazines, it’s easy to get lost in the romance of it all. However, that romance comes with a price. Understanding what you realistically have to spend will help you determine a lot of the specifics. Be honest. This will help prevent future disappointment.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for those who are recently engaged? We’d love to hear from you by commenting below! 

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