You’re engaged – congratulations! Despite the excitement of choosing your wedding dress or picking a honeymoon destination, your engagement is also a period to focus on your relationship. Follow this tried-and-true advice to help you navigate through this important stage of your relationship.
Don’t Rush into the Wedding Planning
As soon as you get engaged, many couples (ok, women) immediately begin planning their wedding. Sure, some things – like the wedding venue – need to be booked well ahead of the big day, but it’s easy to rush too quickly into planning every little detail. Becoming engaged to the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with is an exciting time. You and your love should enjoy this special time together. Don’t forget, your man has probably spent a lot of time (money) planning the proposal and picking out the ring. So give him a bit of a break from the planning process and show him how much you appreciate all that he has done.
A Lesson in Compromise
The wedding planning process is a good lesson in compromise, trust and learning to rely on one another. When challenges occur — which will happen sooner or later — remember that your partner in life is there to help and support you. Make sure you take him into account in the wedding planning, and don’t be afraid to let him know what’s important to you.
Counselling? But you’ve only just got engaged! Hear us out: walking down the aisle is a huge commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. To help strengthen your relationship and build a stronger bond, consider pre-marital counselling during your engagement period. It gives you the opportunity to discuss important life decisions, like do you want children? What happens if one of you gets sick? And how will we handle financial difficulties? It can also teach you how to better communicate, which builds a solid foundation for your life together.
Continue to Date and Woo One Another
Just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean you should stop those romantic dates that made you get to know and fall in love with each other. Couples should take turns planning fun, romantic dates. Dates like a picnic in the park or hike together will continue strengthening your bond, and keeps your relationship fresh.