Winter Wander-land: Your Anti-Stress Guide to Getting Engaged Over the Holidays
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.”
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.
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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