Getting engaged is probably one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. You get to marry the love of your life and plan a beautiful occasion to celebrate it with your family and friends– it’s your Dream Come True.


However there are some things about getting engaged that people neglect to tell you, so I’ve decided to share my experience:


You won’t be able to stop staring at your hand

From the moment he puts the ring on your finger, you want to stare at your left hand ALL day. And when I say all day, I mean every single minute of being awake. No matter how hard you try and pretend to not be looking at it, you still do.


You will repeat your proposal story a million times

Maybe even a million and one. The very next words that will come out of your friends’ mouths after congrats will be ‘so how did he propose.’ From my experience, love your proposal story (even if it didn’t’ happen they way you imagined it would), because you’re going to be retelling it over and over so enjoy sharing it with the people in your life.


People will bombard you with questions you haven’t even have thought of

When is the Big Day? What font will you have on your stationery? What colour will your tablecloths be? People ask you anything to everything, from when is the big day to what your dress looks like? I must admit that answering polity does get a bit difficult when it feels like you are being bombarded, but in that moment just remember that you are engaged and its important to enjoy this once in a lifetime journey.


There might be a few sours

As the saying, what goes up must come down. And unfortunately this also applies to your happy space when there is a family member/friend who isn’t as supportive as you’d like. My advice, try and brush it off, fake a smile and focus on the most important aspect – you’re getting married to the love of your life!


Share the excitement

It is such a great time in your life and what better way than sharing what you are going through with the friends and family close to you? Cherish them and lean on them for support during your engagement, they are very valuable to have by your side.


Everyone else is a wedding planning expert

People who have recently tied the knot, family and even the unmarried friends, will be full of advice on the perfect wedding, whether wanted or unwanted. Take it from where it comes and remember that they are just trying to be helpful. If you agree with their advice, use it. If not, be a lady and thank them for it, but move on with your own agenda. The big day is after all, a reflection of you and your fiancé as a couple – what worked for someone else won’t necessarily work for you.


You’ll have a hard time not jumping into wedding planning

Anyone who’s ever been told to ‘just enjoy being engaged’ will know how difficult it is to actually adhere to that statement. It’s almost impossible to not go crazy on Pinterst the minute you say yes, it’s such an exciting time and there’s so much to do! Even if the Big day is a few months away.


You will feel overwhelmed

Chances are you’ll feel a little anxious and overwhelmed with the to do list for planning a wedding. Take a deep breath, and start at the beginning. Make us of your bridal party and family, that is in actual fact why you asked them to be part of this journey.


Your relationship will feel different

Even if you’ve been dating for years, the minute you’ve got that ring on your finger you feel different. You’ve just agreed to spend the rest of your life with this man, and that is a big deal. So enjoy it, it is a special time in both your lives and so very exciting, cherish every moment!