2017 has been an exciting year so far. Getting engaged this past January was definitely one of the better moments. Needless to say, I was completely stunned when my boyfriend of 15 years popped the question. I was literally in the kitchen cleaning the counter when I turned around to see Kyle holding a ring box in the palm of his hands (So romantic – ha!). I can’t remember much of what happened after I said “yes” but there was lots of jumping and tears of joy. We had been together since high school and I knew this day would come. I was completely floored by the ring he chose. He definitely paid attention a couple of years ago when I “joked” about one day owning a Verragio engagement ring. He later told me that he took my mom with him to pick it out, which makes it even more special.
Over the course of the past few months, I have experienced so many things that come along with an engagement. Here are the top 5 things I learned:
It’s YOUR time to shine
Having watched all my friends get married, I dreamed of having a beautiful wedding also. Yet, I always told myself I was not ready to take the plunge. The sheer anxiety of planning a wedding with everyone there to see you was enough to make me break out in sweats. But then, I realized that there was no need to be nervous. I too could be happy like my friends were on their special day. I needed to change my perception and look at the day with less anxiety and more love. Since that is what it’s all about. With that in mind, I will stay true to myself and savor each moment.
Have you set a date yet?
Get ready for everyone to ask you if you have set a date yet. Don’t feel pressured to have an exact day picked out the minute you get engaged. Take as much time as you need to make sure you pick the month that makes you happy. While we do want to get married in spring of 2019, we have not picked a month yet. We are thinking late May and are hoping to finalize that soon.
Colors and themes go in and out of style
It might seem appealing to jump right in and start planning everything from day 1. If your wedding is more than 18 months away, try to resist the temptation to buy anything. At the moment I am obsessed with blush, I want blush EVERYTHING! But, I also know that chances are I will obsess over the next color trend too. What you like right now may not be what you like a year from now so patience is a virtue in this case. Unless of course you are getting married this year, then this would not apply to you.
Your Fiance is your rock
I am pretty sure I have felt the entire range of human emotions over the past few months. I am so grateful to have a fiance that is there to listen to my wedding planning ramblings no matter how silly they are. He is the voice of reason when I can’t find my own.
Don’t forget to celebrate your engagement. Whether it’s a backyard party, or a small get together with friends. This is a time for celebration and should be shared with those who matter most.