Monday, January 2, 2012

A Letter to the Newly Engaged

Congratulations! If you're anything like me, you're probably scouring the internet as we speak and being completely inspired/excited/overwhelmed by the MASSIVE amounts of wedding related info and prettiness out there!

This is really such an exciting time. It really is. Because the sky is the limit! Go ahead, daydream. Let me tell you, it is marvelous.

Which leads me to my word of advice to all the newly engaged out there. Take your time, enjoy it, relish in it, and really do some soul searching. The soul searching part of that statement is really a two-parter:

1. Figure out who you are as a couple, and how you want that represented to the world. Look at the big picture. You always wanted pink as one of your wedding colors? That's great, and you can certainly do that, but don't get yourself stuck with such a specific detail just yet. When you step back and envision your wedding as a whole, you may be surprised at the details that come out.

2. Remember, the whole reason for this fabulous engagement is the marriage. Spend this time diving in to the nitty gritty of your relationship. Pre-wedding counseling can be a great thing. But if sitting on a couch is really your thing, there are all sorts of exercises and resources you can use to initiate conversations and engage your partner. Ask the hard questions. If you don't know every little detail about your fiancé, now would be a good time to delve in to that.

Planning a wedding is SO MUCH fun, but never ever lose sight of why you are doing this in the first place. Don't, as Carrie Bradshaw once said, "Let the wedding get bigger than Big."

Once again, congrats. Now get out there and pin some pretty photos!

Photo credit: Chris Emeott Photography

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