14 August 2017

Being engaged: One year on...


5 things I learnt being engaged

Today marks the one year anniversary that Sean got down on one knee at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and popped the big question that every girl wants to hear.

I was surprised to say the least. We have been together since we were 16 so obviously we had talked about it before and I knew it would happen one day, but I wasn't expecting it at that moment in our lives. After laughing in his face for a good 5 minutes before even answering, I can still feel the reaction on my face.

One year on, we still need to buy the house that we have been dreaming about for so long which is on the cards for next year and then the big day will happen in August 2019. I'm sure there will be lots more wedding related content to come in the next 2 years but I thought I would start it off with sharing 5 things that I have learnt in the last year.

1) You will live in a happy bubble: It was the first proper night of our holiday that Sean proposed and he couldn't have picked a better time. We told our families the day after it happened (who already knew and were waiting for the confirmation) and then we just kept it to ourselves for the rest of the two weeks. It was only when we returned that we made it 'Facebook official' and I will treasure those two weeks for being able to spend some quality time with my FeyoncĂ© (yeah that's right I went there) and generally being the happiest I have ever been in my life.

2) The response is overwhelming: Once we had made it 'Facebook official', the congratulations started pouring in. It was lovely reading everyones comments of well wishes but it was certainly an overwhelming period of time. Everyone asks you about your plans; when will we get married, who will be your bridesmaids, what colour scheme are you going for? And whilst they mean no harm in asking these questions it starts to make you think...oh my god, what have I let myself in for?

3) Long engagement = more time to plan and save: I always hated the idea of a long engagement (and I still do, in fact) but what I've realised is that having all of this extra time means that I can spend all the time in the world planning every little detail of our big day and making sure it is perfect for us. Not to mention it gives us chance to save more money so we can have the day that we really want (how much for a videographer?!?!)

4) Pinterest is amazing: Ok so you already knew this, and anyone who says they don't have a secret wedding board is lying I tell you! But seriously Pinterest is really amazing for getting you started with your planning and also has lots of great ideas, if like me you are planning to DIY a lot of the wedding.

5) Enjoy it: I only ever plan on being engaged once in my life so I'm trying to take the time to enjoy every single moment of the process because I know the next two years are really going to fly by.
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