Once the question has been popped, the happy crying has ended, and you’ve taken sufficient ring selfies, you may be left wondering: Now, where do I even begin to plan a wedding?
It may seem incredibly overwhelming, and that’s because it really is. But do you want to know a secret? My years of shooting Pittsburgh wedding photography have taught me that you don’t have to stress about planning the best wedding the world has ever seen the moment you get engaged. Trust me, you’ll have more than enough time. Before you get down to business, the only thing you need to do is relax, savor the moment, and enjoy every second of it.
I know that it’s easier said than done. So, for you to start enjoying this wonderful engagement phase of your relationship, I’ve decided to break down the best ways to avoid unnecessary stress, and celebrate your engagement!
Go on a post-proposal getaway
Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into the world of vendors and bookings before you absolutely have to. There’s no rush, your Pittsburgh wedding doesn’t need your undivided attention right away. You can stay in your happy place for just a little longer, by grabbing your partner and just skipping town, embracing all the “just engaged” excitement of starting your lives together. There’s no better way to kick off the celebrations than with a post-proposal getaway.
Wait before choosing your wedding party
Even if you’re 100% sure of who it’s going to be, you might be doing yourself a favor by holding off for a while before asking. So many factors go into determining the number of people you can afford in your wedding party, requiring lots of changes to be made to accommodate the budget. Maybe you’re sure that you want all your college roommates and your fiancé’s sisters as your bridesmaids, but if you end up going for a slightly more expensive wedding venue, you might need to re-think the line-up. It’s better to be certain before you tell them. Avoid unnecessary extra stress, and just give yourself some time to figure things out.
Love your body
Getting engaged doesn’t automatically mean that you need to go on a diet. Despite the opinion of some people in your life, you have to remember that your partner is marrying you because they love you, no if or buts. There’s no need to feel pressured to get a boob job, or get your teeth done, or have a dramatic Hollywood makeover. We all want to look stunning as we walk down the aisle, but that in no way means that you need to stop eating your favorite high-carb meals a year in advance! This is the time for you to sit back, relax, eat what makes you happy, and enjoy this beautiful phase that your relationship is entering.