You Just Got Engaged… Now What?

Winter Wander-land: Your Anti-Stress Guide to Getting Engaged Over the Holidays 

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So amidst the chaos and bliss of planning parties and having some hard-earned time off from work, you’ve gotten engaged! Mazel tov!

But- seriously- you just got engaged…now what?

It can definitely be stressful to think about planning for the future when you’re trying to just enjoy the present. Well, we’re here to say relax, sit back, and drink that little glass of bubbly…we got this.

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Here are some steps to calm you once you’re on the road to tying the knot.

1. Give Yourself a Minute

Before you post about this magnificent revelation on a myriad of social media platforms, give yourself a few days to just feel the joy of it for you and your fiancé. Of course, tell your family and close friends. But we’ve found from asking around that folks derive a lot of pleasure from keeping the news close to their heart for a few days.  Do something just the two of you to honor this fleeting and interesting time of your lives, something unrelated to wedding planning and solely related to being engaged: go to a pottery class and make mugs that say “Fiancée”; go on a hike and engrave your names in the sand; or indulge in a session with an affordable & interesting photography brand like Flytographer to take photos of you as a newly engaged couple.

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2. Go ahead and brag about it!

Get your girlfriends together, pop some champs and gush over how he popped the question.  Go one step further and even submit your story to How He Asked, a blog totally dedicated to explaining just that  (especially if your fiancée pulled out all the stops–and something tells us, they did). Also, think of a sweet, clever, and EASY way to acknowledge the pending nuptials at your holiday party, especially if you’re hosting. That way you won’t be avoiding the subject entirely, but you also won’t be stressing about planning some kind of hybrid engagement/holiday bonanza. Try something DIY like these glitter champagne bottles that your guests can take home as a memento!

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3. Window Shop (via Wedding Spot)

The most daunting thing to plan…the venue: Wedding Spot  is a brilliant solution to the stress and intimidation of planning a wedding venue. Self-described as “Kayak for the wedding industry,” they are a tiny but mighty female-owned company and the first ever online site that allows you to search, price out, and compare wedding venues without ever leaving the comfort of your bed (we’re all about that).

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4. Think about Fashion

Vow to be Chic is a pretty magical idea. We admit it leaves us wondering why no one had thought of this brilliance before. You can rent the hippest designer bridesmaid dresses, as well as gorgeous wedding gowns, what they charmingly call “Little White Dresses,” online…wait for it…starting at $50. They take the stress out of adorning yourself for your wedding, so that you can look forward to the fun rather than dread the financial burden. In their words, “an affordable, convenient, and stylish alternative to the status quo…bringing an age-old tradition into the 21st century.”

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5. Get Back to Relaxing 

Now the best part: THE HONEYMOON. Wanderable takes the stress out of planning the trip of your lifetime, since we’ve done all the research for you. Name it: the destination, restaurants, beaches, bars… with Wanderable’s curated experience network, this is all done for you- you just have to click and add.  Another plus: Not having 1,000 browsers open and getting overwhelmed and throwing your computer across the room. The world is your oyster, and the sky’s the limit. Register for a honeymoon instead of a toaster…and collect experiences, not things. Whoever you marry should be the person you want to travel the world with…that’s our founding belief.

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Your loved ones want to give you a gift that really matters; and while china chips and silver tarnishes, that trip you take as a married couple is something that’ll stay bright in your memories, for life. Oh and did we mention Wanderable also has personalized postcards that act as thank you notes?  Go ahead and cross that off your list as well. But don’t just take it from us, here’s some advice from a REAL WanderableCouple on why they chose to go with experiences, over things.

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Oh and before we forget, you can enter right now to win a six night trip to Hawaii, and use THAT as your honeymoon.

You’re welcome.

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From a Real #WanderableCouple: Why a Honeymoon Registry

Advice from a real couple on why they decided to register for experiences, over things.

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s officially engagement season! Which means love is in the air… right? We caught up with real #WanderableCouple Morgan and Logan on how he proposed, how they love to travel and ultimately why they choose to go with a honeymoon registry (hint: why they went with Wanderable). Read on, Wanderers… there’s some great stuff in here (especially if you’re planning to propose…wink).

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Wanderable: Give us a little background on you and your beau: how you met, how long you’ve been together, when you got married, and any interesting fun facts about the two of you

Morgan: Logan and I met in 2006, within the first few months of our freshman year at USC. We’ve been together for eight years now, and just got married in May.

W: How did he propose?

M: Logan popped the question while we were on a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. The first week of our trip, we were planning to see temples in Chiang Mai, visit elephant sanctuaries, and explore the Angkor Wat temple complex before heading to Koh Samui to relax on the beach. I had a feeling that he was going to propose, but was not expecting it on the second day of our trip – we were out in the jungle and I had no makeup on, just before we were about to take a ride on an elephant. It caught me completely off-guard!


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 W: Why did you decide to go with a honeymoon registry?

 M: We currently live in Boston in a tiny apartment, and don’t have much space for things. Using Wanderable gave us the chance to design memorable experiences and do things together, rather than accumulate items we didn’t really need.

W: What was your favorite part about using Wanderable? Can you talk a little bit about your overall experience using the site?

M: Wanderable helped us share our ideas and excitement allowing us to be creative with pictures and layouts. Also, we really liked being able to absorb the transaction fees rather than passing them along to our guests.

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W: How did you parents/grandparents react when you told them you were registering for experiences over things?

M: Many of our older family and guests wanted to get us things that we could hold onto, like vases and kitchen goods, but appreciated how excited we were to be taking an incredible trip together.

W: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

M: We spent a few days in Zurich, Switzerland, then took the train through the alps to Lake Como, Italy. After that we rented a car and drove to the Portofino coast!

W: Is there anything you wish you could have done on your honeymoon, but didn’t get too?

M: We wish we could have stayed longer!

W: What place is on your bucket list right now?

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M:
 Petra, Jordan

W: Do you have any advice for people getting engaged over the holidays? What should they do RIGHT away, what should they wait on?

M: Find a planner and a location first, then build the rest around that! And obviously a start a honeymoon registry!

W: What new Wanderable experience would you like to try today?

M: I’m thinking it’s just about time for some cocktail making classes and wine tasting…

You crazy kids. We’re SO GLAD we helped you #WanderOn

 

Wanderable On The Road: Bike Adventures in Rouen & Les Andelys

Wanderable enjoys bike adventures in the the small towns of Rouen and Les Andelys.

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Fall colors of Rouen offset the gothic spectacle that is the city’s main Cathedral

Ah, Normandy. We’re completely obsessed with your whimsical small towns, cobblestone streets, and strong apple liquor.  And there is no better way to see these towns than by bike. We traveled to Rouen and Les Andelys, and we were able to see more of each town than we would have by foot. We’ve decided there might not be anything more luxurious than Europe in the Fall: the colors, the crisp air…getting lost down side streets…and hidden-treasure alleyways with the one you love.

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On Monday we were in Rouen: a lovely town that has the second largest population in France, next to Paris.  Even though there are tons of people, be warned: most of the town is closed on Monday until the afternoon (after 3pm).  This was both a good and bad thing. The Good: we got the town to ourselves, so we didn’t have to watch out for pedestrians as we cruised down cobblestone streets and took literally 1,000 photos. The Bad: we were hard-pressed to find an open fromagerie (we were successful, however, in finding a patisserie, so at least we were set with many croissants). There is a ton of history in this town (like the Cathedral and a memorial to Joan of Arc) so we did do our fair share of Instagram- worthy sight-seeing.

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But our favorite part of the day in Rouen? Sitting at a little cafe, playing cards and drinking cappuccinos. We watched as the towns people went to work as this sleepy little town started to wake up.

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The view from our seats at the cafe      

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 …and our seats at the cafe

Les Andelys was our next stop. This town was adorable (straight out of Beauty & The Beast). This town also houses a huge Cathedral Notre-Dame, the focal point of this city.

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As we rode around this tiny town, we stopped at intricate little shops selling art and came across a Salon de Thé (tea house). Along with their homemade, organic teas made from real leaves (we’re talking real mint leaves infused for hours) they had some amazing food. We ordered two different kinds of goat-cheese stuffed peppers in local olive oil, as well as octopus and baby squid. It. was. Incredible. #TravelTip: Always try the food. We came across this place by accident, and it was the highlight of our day!

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                                                                    Spicy peppers                                                     Octopus and baby squid

And even though it’s late November– this town was ALL ABOUT the Christmas decorations.

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Unfortunately, we ran into the same issue we had when we were in Rouen; a lot of this town was closed in the morning.  But that was fine– enough of the shops were open and the scenery was beautiful (can’t you tell?)

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Moral of the story? When you have the option, always go by bike. ALWAYS. You’ll see more of the town, and when its cold (like November), you’ll warm up quickly. And always try to be adventurous with the local cuisine– especially in smaller, quaint villages. They’re not touristy like some places in Paris can be, so you know you’re getting authentic food that the locals eat.  There also isn’t a lot (or any) of mark up at these places, so the food you’re getting is worth the price.

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