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From 'Yes' to 'I Do': Navigating Your Journey to the Big Day with Less Stress
It's time to celebrate the love you and your partner share, and you've just embarked on a beautiful journey from engagement to the big day. Whether you've been planning it for ages or got swept away by a surprise proposal, you're now officially engaged, or should I say, "fiancée"!
Savour the Moment
Your heart is probably racing, and you're feeling closer than ever to your partner. Please take a moment to soak it all in. You've found "the one" and will declare your love to the world through a legal bond. So, savour every second of this incredible feeling.
Share the News
Now, about sharing the news... You might want to shout it from the rooftops immediately, or perhaps you prefer a more intimate approach, waiting for the right time. There's no right or wrong way here. Talk to your partner and agree on how and when you want to share your engagement with the world.
The Engagement Ring Question
Here's another thing to consider:
Do you need an engagement ring?
The answer is a resounding no, you don't.
An engagement ring doesn't define your commitment to getting married. It's a personal choice, one that should align with your financial, moral, and ethical values. If you opt not to have a ring, be prepared for curious friends and family who might ask, "Where's the ring?"
Setting the Date
When will you tie the knot? Some couples can't wait and want to get married ASAP, while others have a five-year plan. Discuss it together and have a unified response, as people will undoubtedly ask and sometimes offer their opinions on when or how you should get married.
The Almighty Budget
Now, onto the budget. Will you have a quick, no-fuss registry-style wedding with minimal expenses, or are you planning a grand celebration with a hefty price tag?
Be realistic about what you can afford or want to afford. Discuss this early on to ensure you're both on the same page financially.
Planning Your Special Day
Don't let wedding planning overwhelm you. Decide whether you'll both tackle the planning or if one of you will take the lead based on work commitments and organisational skills.
Remember, I've got a blog with top wedding planning tips that you can check out for some guidance.
Finally, amidst all the planning and excitement, don't forget to stay connected with your partner. Spend quality time together, not just discussing the wedding, work, or future kids.
Cherish your relationship and enjoy each other's company. After all, you're about to spend the rest of your lives together, so they deserve your time and attention.
I'd love to hear about your proposal or engagement plans. Share your story in the comments below!
Love, Jade x
As you embark on this beautiful journey together, remember to cherish the love and connection that brought you here in the first place.
My Celebrant journey began in 2017, and I now have had over 600 beautiful weddings, funerals, naming, MC and special occasion events.
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