Are You Ready To Get Engaged?
4 Important Things To Know
There is no denying that, sometimes, when you know, you just know. It's that "I-just-slipped-on-the-most-amazing-outfit-for-girls-night-out" feeling. Except, it's not slipping on an outfit; it's finding the right guy. Oh, and it's not for a girls night out; it's for forever.
You have found The One and are eagerly anticipating a future of wedded bliss. It is important to take some time to be a little introspective as you consider engagement, and also talk through some "hot ticket" items with your main squeeze (we'll get to those shortly). A little prep work up front paves the way for a peaceful, FUN engagement!
1. Self Reflection
It is easy to get swept away in the magic of being in love - it's fun to imagine the future with your partner and dream together; however, it's also important to guide Cloud 9 to the ground for a bit to dig through some real-life questions before taking the Next Big Step. Here are some things to think about as you continue along this journey.
Make sure you are moving forward for all the right reasons; it really is that important. It's easy to get swept up in the idea of happily ever after without having your real Prince Charming at hand.
2. Date Night Discussions
Use some of the QT on your date nights to talk through some hot-topic issues that will most definitely have an impact on your relationship down the road. These topics have the potential to be a bit emotionally-charged, so set some ground rules up front, but definitely do not be afraid to dig deep. It's best to push through the issues now rather than when you've invested so, so much (emotionally, physically, mentally, etc.) years down the road. Here are just a few "hot ticket" items we feel should be broached prior to making a very public commitment to each other for life:
Hammering out the logistics on these topics can help circumvent any future problems. Hard as it may be to imagine right now (listen sweetie, you're in the honeymoon phase), marriage isn't all unicorns and rainbows. There will inevitably be issues down the road and you don't want one of the items above to be one of them!
3. Keep Calm and Fiancé On
Once you have that ring on your finger, life as you know it will change. Get ready for a whirlwind of celebrations, amplified emotions, and memorable moments. Here are a few tips to keep in mind in the midst of the flurried excitement:
4. Social Media Etiquette
To piggyback on the above topic, it's important to remember that as excited as others are bound to be to hear about your special news, you will likely be just as excited to share it on social media (yes, all of them). This is tricky. Or can be tricky if you're a big social sharer. We recommend you follow these tips:
Becoming engaged is a huge life milestone that you won't soon forget. From the story of the proposal (and how he asked your dad for permission. . . eek) and calling friends and family to the many, many wonderful celebrations to follow, your future engagement will inevitably throw you down a whirlwind road (and that's a great thing).
Afterall, your engagement is the first excerpt in your story as soon-to-be husband and wife. Lay the groundwork today so that the story goes on and on and covers all of life's amazing moments that are sure to follow you and your loved one.