I often hear people say that love comes when you least expect it and, while that may be true the majority of the time, I can personally attest to the fact that love is also abnormally abundant during the holiday season. In my little niche of the planning world, the winter months mean one thing: engagement season.
We find ourselves frequently getting excited for friends, family members, friends of friends and even long lost friends who boast photos of their bright and shiny new rings. Smiles are abundant as we join in on the celebrations and seemingly endless threads of congratulations. But, beyond the cameras and engagement parties, new brides-to-be often are left with the overwhelming question of, “What now?!”
If I have learned anything from my years in wedding and event planning, it is that there are two types of women in this world: the planners and the procrastinators. As with everything else in life, there are pros and cons to both sides, and the winter months tend to bring out an interesting combination of both in the “planners.”
The initial excitement can be an extremely motivating factor in wanting to start planning your big day. Many newly engaged couples have already discussed the big details and have general ideas about how they envision their ceremony. However, the best advice I can give to any newly engaged couple is to wait. Enjoy this phase of your relationship! The big ideas are fun to conjure up at the end of the day, as you’re snuggled up to your future spouse, but the logistics can become somewhat daunting for those who try to sort out all of the details at once, or rush to their Pinterest boards only to find that the perfect bridesmaid dress was discontinued two seasons ago and your favorite Etsy decorator has closed their shop for good.
It’s small things like this that add up and often cause future brides to dread planning their own weddings. I have seen it happen all too often, which is why I want to remind you that this is your special day! And, as excited as you may be, I hope all newly engaged couples will sit back, relax, and try not to let this part of the process impact such a special part of your lives. You’ve got your entire lives to be married, so take your time, plan accordingly and don’t be afraid to consult a planner if the process begins to seem overwhelming. You’ve always imagined your wedding day as one of the happiest days of your life. Why should the process of creating that day be any different?