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Newly Engaged?

Posted: Friday, Jan. 03, 2014

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

The holidays are statistically the most popular time for engagements, so I’m sure that there are lots of new sparklers being worn on left hands as we enter 2014. Here are a few tips for those first magical moments after he pops the question.

Make it personal. While it’s very exciting to let everyone know that you said yes, it’s important to let those closest to you in on the news first. Call your family and friends to spread the word, and it’s okay if it takes a few days to talk to everyone. You don’t want your Grandma Sue to find out when your mother shares your Facebook post.

Speaking of Facebook, it’s okay to post a picture of you and your handsome husband-to-be instead of a close up of the pretty diamond he put on your hand; after all, you are the ones who got engaged, the ring is just a symbol of that.

Take some time to soak it all up. It’s such an exciting time and there will be ten million thoughts floating through your head. You will also have a dozen people with ideas, suggestions, and questions for you. You don’t have to have the answers to their questions, or write down their ideas (although you should at least be polite and listen). Enjoy being engaged to that guy you love so much.

Start your planning after the initial shock has faded. Figuring out dates that work and don’t work (ahem, football season), checking availability at venues and start the conversation if there’s a photographer or other important vendor you have your eyes on. Check out our directory for local vendors as you start this process.

Being engaged is such a wonderful opportunity to spend lots of time with your other half, reflecting on your relationship, planning for the future and making sure your wedding represents your personality. Celebrate, date, and keep falling in love while you plan for your most special, big day.

P.S. Congratulations!

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