Before you get down to crunching the numbers of your wedding budget or browsing big day inspiration online, taking the time to actually enjoy your engagement is a must.
Wedding planning is after all rewarding but very stressful, which makes taking some time out as a couple after engagement even more important.
Many couples look back fondly on those first few days or weeks of engagement. You’ll feel on top of the world after getting engaged and be closer than ever as a result.
Getting engaged is a huge milestone, and that just engaged feeling is something that should be relished. Here’s how to lap it up before the business of wedding planning really begins.
Head off on an engagement-moon
You’ve heard of honeymoons and even babymoons and mini-moons, but now it’s all about the engagement-moon!
With travel off the menu for many of us during 2020, celebrating your 2021 engagement with a holiday becomes even more of a treat.
Taking a trip together, whether that’s to a destination a little closer to home or somewhere tropical, will cement your newly engaged status free from the distractions of everyday life. It’s also the perfect environment to get used to calling each other “fiancée” or “fiancé”.
Some couples even use their engagement-moons to dream about their wedding days as The Heart Bandits details:
“Spending time together is the perfect space to reflect on what you both want out of your soon-to-be nuptials and what traditions are important to you.
There may be decisions and topics that come up that you never considered before, so what better way to celebrate your engagement than to start dreaming about your big day?”
Up the romance with a night in
You don’t have to celebrate your engagement in grandiose style, in fact, your wedding budget will be all the better for it! The point of any post-engagement celebration is to spend uninterrupted time together as a couple, and all this can be done in your own home.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, spending quality time as a couple is more difficult than ever, particularly if family life means you’re hardly ever alone.
Call on your parents or in-laws to take the kids off your hands overnight and enjoy a romantic night in to celebrate your engagement in a low-key yet utterly romantic way.
Cook your favourite meal, enjoy a glass of bubbly in the bath, light some candles, or vegetate in front of your favourite flick to mark the occasion.
Indulge in some couples’ R&R
Don’t wait to indulge in a pre-wedding pamper session. A little R&R will allow you to enjoy some time together as a couple and mark your engagement.
Whether you’re booking yourself in for a spa break or creating your own spa-like sanctuary at home, indulging in a well-timed pamper session will certainly be a welcome treat.
Take a trip down memory lane
Asking that all-important question or saying “yes” in response is certain to have got you thinking about your relationship journey so far, so why not share that with your partner?
Go on a tour of the places that have been significant during your time together. It could be the place where you first met, first kissed, had your first date, or the first home you shared. This beautiful bonding experience will bring you closer.
Party with your nearest and dearest
News of your engagement will spread fast, which means you may want to continue the celebrations with all the people who are special to you.
The best way to do just that is by throwing an engagement party. It doesn’t have to be a huge occasion, you could even celebrate your newly engaged status by hosting a fun game night at home.
However you choose to party, having a gathering with your nearest and dearest is an excellent opportunity to get people acquainted before hen or stag parties and the wedding.
Discover engagement party ideas that are certain to kick off your wedding journey in style.