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If you read my Mexico blog (here) or follow me on Instagram (here) you will know I got engaged earlier this year and am slooooowllllly planning my wedding. So I just wanted to point out a few little things I've noticed in the last 6 months of being engaged.
People Will Want All the Details
Not just the details of the engagement although I have told that story so many times now (and it's not a complaint) but all the details of the wedding too. I'm not a super secretive person and am happy to share my plans if people ask but I do also want there to be an element of surprise for my guests. I think nearer the time when the details are more finalised I will tell people they just have to wait and see!
We got engaged 6 months ago and I'm not planning to get married for another 2 and a half years. I want to be super organised, take my time over things and really just enjoy being engaged. One of my friends actually pointed out to me that being engaged and being a fiance/having a fiance is only ever temporary so we really should enjoy it whilst it lasts.
Don't Invite People Too Early
The downside of having a long engagement is that there will be people in 3 years time that we are no longer in contact with, there will also probably be new people in our lives that we will want at our wedding. So, don't send your invites out too early. It's fine to create a guest list well in advance (we've already done that) but we don't plan to send our invites out until 6 months before the big day.
Dress Shopping is Exciting
I thought it would be stressful because I'm so fussy when it comes to clothes and every finer detail but it's actually super fun. I kind of already know the style of dress I want but I think I will make appointments at all the big designer dress shops anyway just to have a fun girly day playing dress up with my mum and sister.
Will I Change My Name?
For me it's a yes. I know not everyone wants to change their name these days and some men even take the women's name now but you just have to do what's right for you. I'm quite traditional so I think I will change my name and I've also never been that keen on my maiden name! However, professionally I will keep my maiden name as my reputation is connected to that name so I don't want to lose that.
What did you learn after getting engaged?