WEDDING ENGAGEMENT ADVICE Part 2

Don’t stress out.
WEL-COME – “Wedding Essentials List:  Communicate/Compromise, Organize, Manage and Exercise.”  During the engagement period, work on these everyday.  You’ll reduce your stress during the hectic and emotional months ahead.

Gain strength.
Use the engagement time wisely.  Pre-marriage counseling is meant to weed out potential problems and strengthen your communications.

Get organized.
Right after the engagement is announced, create a wedding binder with plastic sleeves.  Any items or documents you find can be organized immediately.

Tell the world!
Make your engagement public by placing a formal announcement and black and white photo in local newspapers, alumni and professional publications.  Before sending in your written spec. sheet (parents of bride and groom, career information, etc.), have someone proof it for accuracy, and put your names and phone number on the back of the photo.  Most often, this is a free public service.

Get help.
The pre-wedding phase is crucial planning time.  Make a list of things you want to delegate and create a support system from the start.

A reflection of you.
What’s your wedding style?  After you’re engaged and before you’re knee-deep in wedding planning, take some time with your sweetie and discuss your unique wedding vision. Maybe it isn’t the large, formal, Saturday evening affair. Or, maybe it is. Either way, it should ultimately reflect the two of you.

Get licensed!
The most critical part of the wedding: the marriage license. Without it, you can’t get married. Call the office in your county that handles marriage licenses, and get all of the important details, such as when you need to apply, how much it costs, and what types of payment are accepted. Do this far in advance of the wedding!

Get the proper coverage.
Is your ring insured? As soon as bring your engagement ring home, make sure that you your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy is updated to offer adequate protection in the event of a loss or theft. Take the time needed to learn the details of the coverage – what is and is not covered, etc.
Party girl.
Be a happy bachelorette. Be clear and articulate with your bridesmaids about the type of bachelorette party you would like to have. You don’t have to dictate the details, but if you want an intimate gathering of friends to talk’ and they’re planning a ‘wild night at strip clubs’ you may feel a wee bit disappointed, not to mention uncomfortable.

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