I want to take some time to address those of you planning your weddings, so for my weekly blog for the next several weeks I will be going through the process to help you gain some ideas & begin planning for the wedding of your dreams. As someone who was recently married, this is something near & dear to my heart. My husband & I planned our entire wedding ourselves in less than 5 months while also hand picking & making every piece of it. Wedding planners are great fantastic people but lets face it some couples either don't have the finances to hire one (especially as pricy as that can be especially here in Hawaii) or are like myself and love the artsy stuff and want to remember the day as a day they designed & handmade, thus planners are not for everyone.
Let me give you a little background info so you don't think I was one of those brides with a heap of time on her hands & looking for fun interesting things to do. We got engaged on Feb. 16th, my husband was working full time & rebuilding a jeep while I was working full time, a full time grad student, & in the middle of my first season of triathlon training which happened to cumulate a few weeks before the wedding. As you can imagine we had little to no real time for extras & although it would have made planning easier if we waited till the fall or winter we set the date for July so that the kids in the family would be able to fly in on their summer holidays. That gave us barely 5 short months from the day we got engaged to wedding day. So lets begin with those very first days after getting engage. You know the time when you're all excited & motivated...
STOP, BREATHE, TAKE IT ALL IN
Those few hours, days, or even weeks after getting engaged are a whirl wind, you're excited & want to tell everyone. I caution you though to wait just a second. First think about who you want to announce the engagement to first as well as how. I know I know social media is how we all communicate events in our lives now right, but think of mom, or grandma or other family member who may or may not be on social media, wouldn't you rather tell them first so they do not hear it through word of mouth? One of the first things we did was call our mothers, but brace yourselves for a few things if that is your plan as well. First think about how they could react, not how they will or would be nice if they did but the endless possibilities. Then prepare yourself to respond gracefully to the very worse reaction you can think of, because no matter how happy they will be for you on the wedding day when you first tell them you're engaged a parent may not respond as hoped because no matter how old you are or how far away you live they know that once married there's a level of letting go that they have to do that they could never prepare themselves for. Also prepare yourselves for those well meaning people who will criticize timing(too short, too long ect ect there's always someone) or those who although they know it's only been a few hours since getting engaged, seem to think you should already have a date & location planned out. Now go & after you have contacted the most imortant people then you can do the mass acknowledgement of either social media, texts, ect ect. After all the excitement go relax for a few days just to get your bearings, go on with daily life and do not try to plan just yet, enjoy a bit of time being happily engaged!
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