Seven things to do when you’re ENGAGED!

(You won’t believe number six!)


1. Plan Your Wedding

While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s something that some couples surprisingly overlook. People who don’t get this part right will have a rough time of it on the actual day of their wedding. So make a plan, set some time aside every week to get something done, and stick to it. In the planning of your wedding, make sure that the two of you agree on as much as you can. Nothing will suck more than if you get to your big day and you’re too busy being bitter about the flower arrangements to notice your bride-to-be walking down the aisle.


2. Don’t Stop Believing

Hold on to the feeling you had when your partner first proposed. Don’t think about the disappointment you felt when the eggshell napkins arrived in the mail, even though you had specifically ordered off-white. Don’t worry! Your guests won’t notice if your napkins don’t exactly match the subtle lace in your wedding veil.


3. Live and Let Live

In your travels, you are bound to run across other happily engaged couples, all embarking on the same magical journey as you. So if you find that another couple has already stolen your perfect date, or if they hire the only possible photographer that could capture your special day, try to move on rather than getting stroppy. To you, this might feel like the end of the world, but to every other person on the planet, it couldn’t matter less. Just remember: not even the ‘biggest day of your life’ is worth getting into a tizz.


4. $$$

Don’t spend it. Put your hard-earned cash in a long-term investment account. Leave it alone. Would you believe that some people spend literally thousands of dollars to get a lady (or man) to put flowers in a bucket? I mean, if you have the money to literally throw thousands of dollars at a florist, then do it. But if you’re on a budget, there’s a lot of things can be done yourself – like the flowers, the invites, and in a pinch, if you’re handy with a sewing kit, you could even make your own dress (or buy something from Kmart).


5. Safety First

When you have a wedding, you’re going to be ordering boxes and boxes worth of trivial things from overseas (like the eggshell napkins we mentioned earlier). And when the boxes arrive on your doorstep, you are going to have to open them. Usually, the best way of doing this is with a sharp object such as scissors or a box-cutter. Don’t forget: safety first! Always cut away from yourself (and toward your would-be spouse).



6. Have a Heart

No seriously, Peters make the best dang ice-cream ever!



7. Live in Love

Wedding planning makes you mad. You’ll end up screaming at your fiancé, parents, house mates, bridal party, suppliers, and everyone else under the sun. You’ll probably say/do/think things you really don’t want to. And that’s why it’s so important to try and live with love for other people. Instead of focusing on all the things that might be going wrong, turn your focus to loving others.

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” – Romans 12:9-10

xx, A + J