#EngagementDiaries 1 // So You're Engaged, Now What?

This is going to sound so cliche, but ever since I was a little girl I dreamt of one day being engaged. My heart swoons over engagement stories and stories of how couples met. I really do love a good solid love story, and in fact I cry at every single wedding I have been to without fail. So for me, getting engaged was a big deal. And then it happened. 

Now let me clarify, the day my fiancé proposed was the most INCREDIBLE day ever, and I can honestly say I have never felt more joy than I did in that moment. But what no one ever tells you is what happens after you get engaged. We were so overwhelmed with emotion that we immediately wanted to go and tell everyone we knew, so we spent the entire afternoon driving from house to house to share the news. With an outpouring of excitement and emotion I suddenly became more overwhelmed than overjoyed.

Here's the thing, I always knew that when I got engaged I wanted to tell the important people in my life the news in person or at least over the phone. But as it was happening, I blinked and suddenly all of these people knew our little secret; my parents starting texting my aunts and uncles, friends started telling friends, I was so stressed about who was telling who that for a brief moment I stopped enjoying it all together. After a long chat with everyone we made it clear we wanted it to remain between us until we were ready, and I know it was hard for them because my fiancé and I decided to wait a bit before telling the whole world over social media. 

If I could give you any advice, when you get engaged: wait at least a week before you post the news on social media. This was the best decision for us, we were able to spend some time together basking in the moment, and honestly falling more in love with one another. I love social media, it's part of my life and part of my job, but the second everyone found out we were both bombarded with question. "When is the wedding", "When are you having kids". Seriously world, calm down, we JUST got engaged! Don't get me wrong, Travis and I were beyond grateful for all of the love we received when word spread of our news, but what made it even more special was we gave ourselves a bit of time to just enjoy it without all of those people knowing. 

Your engagement is, and should be, about the love you both share together, not about everyone else. So even though you want to shout it from the rooftops that you finally tied one down, I promise it's worth the wait and your relationship will thank you for it in the end.

Visit the #LMEblog next week when I outline the first five things I did, and every bride should do, to kick start the planning process

Thanks for listening to my #EngagementDiaries, until next time

xo 

Shannon