Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Make the Most of Your Engagement

Engagements are often overlooked.  After the ring and the party, it is easy to become caught up in the pressures of the big day.  And sometimes this romantic and significant time in your life becomes forgotten.  Embrace your engagement and cherish this time.  Create some memories that you can look back on during your future life together.  

For all engagements, there will be things you need to do.  First things first.  Have you chosen the ring?  If not, ease the pressure by going to a specialist like Whiteflash.  Read the Whiteflash review for details of their exclusive offering.  

When you’re engaged, it is easy to be swept along into thinking that everything needs to be done right now.  That is rarely the case.  There will be ample time to plan your wedding dress, visit wedding shows and decide on place settings.  Start by purchasing a folder with dividers.  This will be your wedding bible.  Then make a top level list.  Begin with general items first such as dress, rings, venue, etc.  Create a section in the folder for each item.  

Next, enlist the help of friends and family.  Work out who can help and in which areas.  Delegating tasks will take away some of the pressure.  It will also speed things up.  Don’t think that you have to do everything yourself.  You don’t.  And keep telling yourself that there’s time.

Make planning as fun as possible.  Instead of pouring over seating plans and tearing your hair out, make a night of it with family.  Go out for a meal to discuss organisation.  Or talk about the wedding over tea and cakes.  Plan days out with your girlfriends.  Combine wedding fairs with a few drinks or a meal.  Make the planning enjoyable, instead of stressful.

Your engagement is a special time for you and your partner.  It is an unusual time; a bridge between your single and married lives.  Try to mark that occasion.  Many couples are now opting for engagement photo shoots as part of their wedding package.  The idea is to pick a location that is significant to both of you.  This could be where you live or somewhere you like to visit.  It could even be the place you met.  The photographer will put you at your ease and take a series of photographs.  You can choose the ones you like and create an engagement album.  Photos could be used in your wedding stationery or displayed on your wedding day.  But the main purpose is to celebrate this romantic time.  

Another important thing to remember is that you are both still individuals.  Don’t stop doing the things that are important to you.  Take lots of breaks from the wedding planning to do what you enjoy.  Spend time together.  Go out on dates.  Talk about things that interest you and not just the wedding.  

If at any point it all feels like too much pressure, take some time to relax.  Read a book, do some yoga or set up a pamper day with your girlfriends.  Do whatever it takes to restore the peace.  Your engagement will pass by quickly.  Remember to cherish and celebrate it.

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