10 Things to Do the Moment You Get Engaged

you get engaged, but some of them are important to KNOW about the moment you get engaged, because they could save you in various aspects of your planning. Some of these tips will save you lots of money, but the first one has to do with your relationship.

This involves NO wedding planning, but just simply enjoying each other’s company and remembering why you want to get married in the first place. Planning a wedding can be stressful (probably more so for the girl), and stress can take over the relationship if you forget to take time for each other and put the wedding plans aside for a little bit. Girls, as excited as you are to address those announcements, the men just aren’t feeling it. Don’t get offended. It is what it is.

Unless of course he is interested in diamonds. But most men’s wedding bands are a little bit more simple and they are WAY OVERPRICED at most jewelers (why do you think there are a lot of promotions for a free men’s band when you buy a wedding ring? It’s because the men’s bands cost NOTHING compared to the bride’s wedding band). I found that many of the wedding bands we looked at in the $400-500 range, were being sold on

averages anywhere from 2-10% cash back for most online retailers, and the average wedding costs $30,000. Let’s say you shopped at an online retailer for your wedding supplies and you got 5% cash back…that’s  a potential of $1500 extra cash in your pocket (and that doesn’t include your credit card rewards). *When you sign up for an Ebates account, make sure and download their bookmark tool so you don’t ever forget to activate your cash back. I was buying something online at Kohls the other day and a little notification popped up to remind me to activate my cash back. Awesome!

I WISH these were around when I got married! Simply create a “secret” board and invite your mother, maid of honor, and whoever else is helping you plan your wedding to pin to your board. Now you have lots of eyes out for the best ideas in your colors and theme. Group boards are a fantastic way to brainstorm ideas with other people, and Pinterest has LOADS of good ideas for weddings.

HERE IS WHY! I can’t stress this enough. Amazon has an awesome feature called a “universal” registry. Meaning, you can add things to your registry from ANY store, even if it’s not found on Amazon. This way, you can keep track of what has been purchased, even if they chose not to use Amazon.com. You also can read reviews before you add an item to your registry. I will always remember wandering around Bed Bath and Beyond like lost sheep when my husband and I first got engaged. We had no idea what was good, and what should be added to our registry. Using an

helps you to pick only top-rated items. You also have a MUCH wider selection of items, instead of just choosing bed, bath and kitchen items (the groom will love that). Amazon also gives you 10% off the remaining items on your registry and lets you print out an easy thank you list with names and addresses of your gift-givers. That alone, is gold my friends.

Again, engagement can be stressful, as well as overwhelming as you plan a lot of “grown up” things. Plan ahead and do something kind for your fiance everyday. This will be great preparation for marriage. Stressful situations will sometimes bring out the worst in you, but if your partner is kind in return, then there is a reassurance of love. Start now by remembering that marriage is not 50/50. Each must give 100%, because on days when one person falls short (stress, frustration, fear, etc.) the other will make up for the gap. Love and be kind,

 Advise can be so awesome, and it can be so….not awesome. There will be moments when someone gives you advice when you should quickly grab a pen and write it down. There will also be moments when someone gives you advice and you say, “uh-huh” and then quickly erase everything they said from all depths of your memory. It is up to you to discern between the two

No but really, there are some people out there that have been married for a long time and have a lot of experience and have fantastic advice to give. When we were engaged, my husband and I made it a point to ask married couples for marriage advice wherever we went. It was really fun to hear what people had to say and some of them I still treasured  years down the road.

of all the things I love about my fiance/husband. When times are difficult, or stressful, or we have a hard time understanding each other, I read from this journal. It helps bring me back to a positive perspective and is actually very powerful.

No but really, hold on…you’re in for a journey. Let go of any expectations of what marriage “should be like.” Some days  it’s amazing, and some days it’s hard, and some days it’s a mixture of everything. Just remember that it’s normal to have an adjustment period as you get used to living permanently with your spouse.

I’m six-foot tall mother of two and I’m enjoying the view! I use blogging as my creative outlet, swimming as my physical outlet, and the rest of my life revolves around my husband and girls (18 months apart). I enjoy warm summer rain, eating peanut butter by the spoonful, having dance parties with my husband and kids and I avoid folding laundry at all cost. Come find me at my other blog,