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THE BRIDE’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: What to do Right After You’re Engaged

POP goes the question! Congratulations on getting engaged and officially gaining a few new, temporary titles, like Bride-To-Be and Fiancée! If you have thousands of questions running through your head right now, including where do I start and what to do first? You’ll be happy to hear you’re not alone! Even better so, what if we told you the answer is to do nothing! While it’s pretty common for newlywed couples to start their wedding planning right away (and for the bride-to-be to start wedding decor and wedding dress mood boards), it’s highly recommended to take some time to yourselves first, and there are a few reasons why, so let’s get into it!


  1. There’s No Need to Rush into Stress

Now, unless since there’s an actual urgent matter at hand (such as a legal instance), there truly is no rush to getting the wedding planning started! We have a feeling that moments after the question was popped, the first thought in your head was not about the date of the wedding. Since that hasn’t been settled, there’s nothing that should have you hustling to get all the details figured out and vendors booked right away!

As we’re sure you’ve heard from loved ones or seen on TV, planning a wedding is a long and stressful process. Rather than diving into a boatload of stress, we say, take some time – to enjoy the calm before the storm (of stress, that is). It’s important to understand that this won’t be wasted time as many meaningful discussions can occur during this period.

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  1. Get Onto the Same Page

The key to a great wedding planning experience is communication and collaboration. After all, it is a wedding for both of you! It’s vital that views, wants, and needs are being considered by both partners throughout the entire planning process. The best way to do this is to be clear from the beginning on what that may look like.

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Take this time to discuss the most important part of the wedding for both of you individually. See if your expectations line up or if both views can be incorporated. The main goal should be to get on the same page and to have it discussed, so it never gets lost along the way. Lightly brainstorm your expectations, such as an outdoor or indoor wedding? Local or destination? Which season is ideal? And how big is the wedding dress budget? – Oh, that just snuck its way in there; silly us, that should be saved for a little later!


  1. You’re Engaged, Just Enjoy That!

Lastly, we recommend taking at least a week to bask in the joy that comes with being recently engaged! Spend time together to take in all that you love about each other. Hold off on telling all your family and friends for just a few days, so there truly is a moment for just the two of you to enjoy.

It sounds bizarre, we know, but try it, and you’ll see how precious these moments are before you get down to business.

Once your grace period is over, your head is on straight, you’re on the same page as a couple, and we believe this will set you up for a smoother planning process!

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