Forever has a nice ring to it - doesn't it?
When it comes to engagement season, the milestone months are all around the board. They range from a spectrum of incredible to simple, during or after holidays, on exotic vacation trips or at your favorite date spot. This makes popping the question not nearly as simple as an "I do". You and/or your partner may have been planning this for years or perhaps it's a last minute plan to tie the knot. Either way, here are some things to consider when planning or executing your proposal and engagement season.
1. The Ring
You of course, can't flaunt some bling without your ring! Make sure to take your partner ring shopping well in advance before the proposal. This way, you obviously have an idea of what type of ring your partner is looking before getting down on one knee. Also, ring shopping ahead of time makes your plan less obvious. Check out a variety of stores and options before purchasing of course. Stay tuned for our later blog post in this series of engagement ring types and styles to browse through before hitting the stores.!
2. The Proposal
One of the most important questions of your life! The proposal is such a beautiful way to move into forever together! The first thing to keep in mind, to which is extremely crucial, is
to get an idea of what type of proposal your significant other is looking for. At this point in your relationship, you should have a pretty good idea of each other's personalities and comforts. If family is essential to your partner, think of a way to include them in the proposal or have an engagement party planned following the big question. If a private setting is necessary for the overall comfortability and intimacy, ensure that the place picked out will complement the two. These personality traits will, in itself, already begin to plan out the scope for which how you/your partner will propose. Lastly, this goes without saying - hire a photographer or entrust in a friend who can get some pictures/videos!
3. The Engagement Time Period
After your beautiful moment is captured, your next steps to dive into the wedding planning process will begin! Hiring professionals is a crucial next phase where a wedding planner can help allocate your funds and vision altogether. Be sure to check out our blog post on why you should hire a wedding planner to see the benefits of a wedding professional. As you start to book vendors and carve out how the future plans will unfold, you can then determine how long of an engagement you desire to have. For some couples, the engagement season should be short and sweet, and merely a time to book what you need to while organizing your special day. On the other hand, a longer engagement could mean more time to devote to enjoying this pre-married life! Perhaps you wedding plan for half of the season and take the other half to vacation. Usually, these cases in which the engagement is a long period of time is due to the fact that the wedding is extravagant and very detail oriented where the more time the merrier!
4. Save the Dates
When you finally determine a wedding date, you'll need to send out your save the dates to friends and family invited to the wedding. You should plan on hiring a photographer and choose your locations/outfits accordingly!
As you will be shrouded with all the love and attention possible, be sure to take it all in! Engagement season can be stressful at times which is why you must balance the organizational aspects of this time with the celebratory exciting part of this experience. An engagement party is always welcomed but not necessary. Based on budget and desires, you can figure out if you'd like a designated time to celebrate with your loved ones or simply celebrate more intimately and individually.
Written by: Rebecca Richards