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I wanted to share my 6 tips to the newly engaged since we are just passed Valentine’s Day, New Year’s and Christmas and many of you may be NEWLY engaged.  The Holidays are a popular time to get engaged!   My hubby proposed to me the day after Christmas…I am a difficult person to surprise so a Christmas Day proposal would have been highly anticipated by yours truly.

Congrats to everyone that is newly engaged! Here are my Six tips for the newly engaged:
Enjoy the Moment. Our first instinct as soon as we get engaged, is to start planning.  We’re usually calling the church to get their availability the moment we say yes!  Enjoy that sparkly rock that now resides on your finger.  Kiss and hug your hubby-to-be a few more times.  Celebrate with your family and friends.  Relish in the excitement.

Be Organized.  Planning Books that you can find at Barnes and Noble or Target will be your best friend.  They will keep you organized.  A reminder of all the little things that you need to think about and plan for your wedding day.  You can also make your own binder if you’re on a stricter budget.  Save your favorite photos from magazine’s and pintrest for inspiration and to add to your planner.  I also think that a wedding website is the best way to keep you and your guests organized.  It’s a one stop shop for them to find the information they need.

Ask for help.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help or take your friend up on her offer to help you.  Most of the people offering their help; your bridal party, your mother, your mother in-law to be, your high school friend, truly want to be of help to you.   Whether it’s helping you stamp and lick all 200 tasty envelopes or decorating the church the day before, they want to be there.  It’s how they feel more involved in your special day and because they love you.   Plus, you won’t be running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

Have fun.   Don’t get too caught up in the stress of planning.  It can and will be stressful.  Just remember that this is usually a once in a lifetime event.   Enjoy this time with your hubby-to-be as you begin to plan your life together.  Get to know each other’s family better. Celebrate. SOAK it up!

Do the Research & Collect Information. Before you set a date, be sure to talk with all your family members and closest friends.  Also, know your budget from the beginning.  You don’t want to book that winery in Northern, VA on the last Saturday in June to find  your parents will be going on vacation that same weekend and they won’t have any extra money to spend!

Be yourself.  Let your own personality be present when planning your wedding.     It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing or has done for their wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, find inspiration in other’s weddings.  Remember that this is your wedding day and to reflect on the personality of you and your fiance’s.  It will only make your wedding day that much personal and enjoyable.

Do you have any tips to share?