Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Engagement Tips

It’s November, and that can only mean one thing: the holidays are right around the corner. Are you planning a wedding while the holidays are coming in the blink of an eye? What to do? As you wish… is here to help! Here are a few tips to help you maintain your sanity:

What traditions will you two celebrate privately? Make some plans that are just about you. Don’t be afraid to set some boundaries. You are starting your own family, establish traditions that blend both of your pasts with your desires for the future. You might feel like it’s hard to schedule one-on-one time right now. Make a point to plan time to look at Christmas lights, exchange stockings, make cookies together. Anything where you’re not focused on wedding to-do lists!

What traditions will you observe with your families? Figure out what’s important to both families and be flexible so you can be sure and spend quality time with both, if possible. Don’t be afraid to keep your boundaries, as a couple you should work as a team! This is a great time to do research for your wedding. Talk to friends and family members. Listen to stories about their wedding day and ask for marriage advice. You’d be surprised to discover things you never knew! Do some research about the fun things they did at their weddings. What song did they dance to? What holiday traditions did they start when they were first married?

What events will you be attending with friends? Is there an annual party, dinner, or cookie exchange? Do you volunteer for community service together? Do you attend concerts? What would you like to do? If something’s not planned, be the one to start something new!

A few other tips:

Think about asking your friends and family members for a holiday ornament. It’s fun to see what people choose for you, and it’s a great way to start your collection!

Ignore your to-do lists for a while, and enjoy some incredible time with your loved ones. Spend time together as a couple, balanced with family and friend time. Now is the time to establish great holiday traditions, but more importantly, a healthy, strong marriage!

The holidays can be a tough time to nail down vendors, because many of them are doing holiday work. No one can give you the attention you deserve for your wedding if they're arranging holiday parties at the same time, and vendors might not be as attentive as other times of the year. Let As you wish… handle this for you, we’d be happy to help!

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