My Tips for a Stress-Free Engagement

So as most of you probably know I planned my wedding in 6 months. Read all about that here.

While it was stressful and busy it also was a ton of fun! Today I wanted to share some of the best parts of planning a wedding as well as some tips for a stress-free engagement!

Best Parts of Being Engaged:

-The perks…duh!! People want to celebrate you and give you stuff! Wedding showers and engagement celebrations are tons of fun! Everyone is so happy for you and it’s a great feeling to celebrate with the people you love and care about.

-You have a fiance now! You can officially make plans for your future and look at each other and say “I can’t believe we’re getting married” (you did this/you do this…admit it)

-You are planning the most epic party of your life! I will never throw a party like that again and it was so cool to brainstorm unique ideas and daydream about all the possibilities.

Treasure this time. Sometimes it feels weird and like you are caught in this strange in-between transition but it really is special.

Tips to make the most of your engagement:

-Journal…regularly. I tried to journal at least once a week and I’m so glad I did. I love looking back and reliving all those of moments. You will want this one day

-Keep things in perspective. Try to remember why you are getting married and put that above everything else. It’s not about the party, the dress, or the food…at the end of the day, all that matters is that you are marrying your best friend!

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-Make a plan and stick to it. Try to make a timeline of all the tasks you need to complete. Check out my timeline here. Staying on top of things will make the entire process much more enjoyable and help ensure a stress-free engagement!

-Section off time with your fiance with “no wedding talk”. Maybe you go out on a date or just hang out at home. Either way, do not permit any discussion about the wedding. It’s easy to get sucked into this and you’ll take a step back and wonder when the last time you talked about anything other than the wedding was! Make time to talk about other things going on in your life, you’ll thank me later.

So there you have it. In my experience, I have found that people either love wedding planning or they hate it. I was somewhere in the middle. Some days I enjoyed it other days I wanted to run to the court house. Neither experience is wrong but I think that everyone can find some joy in it if you keep things in perspective and stay on top of things!

Before you know it, it will be your wedding day so enjoy the ride!

Want to see more of my wedding photos? Check them out here.

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