16 March 2016

The Life of Being Engaged

Well, where do I start about being engaged, as getting engaged was the most existing time of my life! During my trip to Mexico recently, my man of over 8 years got down on one knee and popped the question. I was actually in shock and didn’t say anything at first, as I just got so used to being his girlfriend. When you’ve been together for that length of time, he was constantly asked the question ‘when are you going to propose’, so it was always something that I thought might never happen. Now I couldn’t be happier. 



We celebrated a lot whilst in Mexico, our hotel was just unreal, it was being in paradise, drinking champagne and cocktails, eating nice food and being on the beach or by the pool. We had two weeks of celebrating together, before heading back to the UK to see our friends and family. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet TBH, even nearly four months later. I’m heading back to Ireland next month to look at venues and we’re super excited and can’t wait to see the rest of my family, as I’ve not seen any of them as of yet, with living in Leeds now. 


Until you’re engaged, you don’t know what’s in store, as no one ever tells you until the day happens. Therefore, I wanted to highlight a few things I’ve experienced since being engaged, that no one warns you about, as well as some of my personal tips:


The Ring

Everyone wants to look at your hand to see the ring, which don’t get me wrong is normal and flattering, as you want to show the ring off all the time to people. Although, it does mean that you constantly need to have perfect nails, so make sure you are stocked up on nail polish, as I’ve gone through a lot. 


Not only does everyone want to look at your ring, but you will find yourself going about your normal day and looking at your finger and smiling, as it’s a very exciting time and it takes me back to the moment he proposed. 



The Proposal

Where to start with this one, every time you meet a family member or friend since the proposal, you are pretty much guaranteed to be asked ‘so how did he proposed’, so be prepared to answer the same question over and over again.  


Celebrating Your Engagement

It’s not often you get engaged, it’s once in a lifetime, so plan an engagement party. I know a few people recently that have also got engaged, however didn’t have a party to celebrate with everyone together. So we booked two places in Leeds, we started off in The Slate bar and then moved to Manhatta, we got special treatment and lots of prosecco to celebrate with our nearest and dearest.  


Bridal Party

You wouldn’t believe how many people voice their opinion on who should be in the bridal party. Just do what you both want to do, as it’s your day and that’s all that matters. For my bridesmaid, I created a gift box, with personalised ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ cards, little bottle of wine, chocolates, No 7 Make-up, Laura Ashley bath salts and some Hen Doo confetti. My bridesmaid’s love them and it was a good way for me to ask them. 


Planning

No one knows where to start when it comes to planning your big day, as there is so many things to consider and discuss together. The first three things I done was: 


1) Decide where to get married, Ireland or England, was a no brainer considering I’m from Ireland

2) Write up the guest list to get an idea of how many people for budget planning

3) Look at venues for pricing per person to kick start your budget planner


The Dress

I’ve saved this to last as it’s thee most important thing, all eyes are on you on the day and need to look your best. My recommendation is to have a look online first and get a feel for what style you like, as there is so much choice. 


Write a list of ten stores to go and try dresses on, based on your research on line, what’s what I’m currently doing and have already been to one store. However, when you go shopping for a dress, be open minded, try on five different styles and get a feel for the type of shape that suits you, as it might be different to what you imagined. Although the shop assistant will help steer you in the right direction as well. 



Did you recently get engaged and got any tips to share? 
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5 comments

  1. Congratulations on getting engaged! I wish you the best for your future together and I hope the big day is everything you want and more

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  2. Congratulations on getting engaged!

    I got engaged back in 2012 and it was such a surreal experience. Tip for your Wedding - use local businesses for decorations, catering etc. It worked out a lot cheaper for me.

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  3. So exciting! I'm so happy for you lovely, and I'm thrilled to be your bridesmaid <3 xx

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  4. So exciting! I'm so happy for you lovely, and I'm thrilled to be your bridesmaid <3 xx

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  5. Such a lovely ring! I never thought about needing perfect nails all the time! Congratulations on the engagement!

    Erin xxx
    islandbell.co.uk

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