He FINALLY put a ring on it!!!!

Congrats to you & your fiancé, I know this is a very exciting time in your life right now. Now it is finally time to start planning your own wedding. No matter how many weddings you have attended, or been apart of , trust me this time around is going to be completely different, because it is your wedding. Although I am not married, nor engaged, I got the opportunity to speak to a few friends who are, and they gave me a lot of insight. Hopefully this will be able to help you out. Below are some tips, advice, and so much for you to think about now that you are finally engaged!!

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1. Your left hand is now your favorite new thing to wave. You can’t help but want to show off your new ring.

2. Get ready to tell your proposal story a million times. Everyone will want to know what happened, so try not to get annoyed when retelling the story over and over.

3. People will overwhelm you with questions about the date and location before you even have an idea yourself. Don’t let that stress you out, but definitely sit down and pick a reasonable and convenient time to have your wedding so you can let people know in advance.

4. You will always be able to tell who is and who isn’t happy for you. Don’t let that get to you. Focus on who really is important and supports your marriage.

5. Time to figure out who will be in the wedding party. Pick individuals who you know won’t complain too much, take over the planning process, and have money to pay for their outfits and other necessary items.

6. If you come from a family who carries out certain cultural traditions for a wedding, make sure that you are aware of the Do’s and Don’ts for your wedding.

7. Start compiling a list of guests you would like to see come to your wedding. Make categories: Family, Friends, Co-Workers, Sorority/Fraternity Friends, etc.

8. Set a budget that you would like to spend on the wedding. Just know your start out budget most times won’t be the end budget. Start a wedding savings account. Have an idea of what you are spending, especially if you do go over budget.

9. Consider getting a wedding planner/ coordinator. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, so make things easier for yourself and hire someone who is knowledgeable and help you have the wedding of your dreams.

10. Do you want to travel for your Bachelor/Bacherlorette Party? Once you pick your bridal party, start letting them know, so they can save for the trip.

11. Make the groom feel appreciated. As the bride, it is easy to want to takeover, but make sure you hear the requests of what the groom wants. After all, you are not marrying yourself.

12. Don’t wait until the last minute to get a wedding dress. You will be surprised at how long it might take you to find that ” perfect dress” and you still may need alterations, etc.

13. Enjoy being engaged, the wedding is ONE day, marriage is FOREVER. Don’t stress too much, and don’t spend what you don’t have, because you do not want to start your marriage being in a financial burden.

14. After you get engaged, you notice that you get more manicures than before. Everyone wants to see your ring, so you want to make sure your nails look good at all times.

15. Make sure your Wedding Registry includes necessary items that you will need for your new home.

16. You unintentionally start taking mental notes when you attend other weddings. You pay more attention to minor details that you would have not recognized before getting engaged.

17. You pay more attention to songs that you listen to, because you want the perfect” first dance song”.

18. Get your ring insured and appraised. I’m sure you don’t plan on taking it off, but just in case you lose it, make sure to get the ring insured.

19. Start thinking about where you would like for your honeymoon to be! This is the first trip as husband and wife, so choose a destination that is peaceful and relaxing for you both to enjoy.

20. Relax!!! It will all work out & you are marrying the man of your dreams, so enjoy the moment!

Hope this list helps!  Feel free to leave comments, and also add to the list, because I know I can not cover everything. Good luck & Happy Planning!