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That Moment When You Realize: I'm Engaged, Now What?!

Written by: Kara Epstein
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The Local Bride: I'm Engaged!

Hey, y’all! Kara here.

A lot of people have asked me: “What was the first thing you did once you got engaged?” and “Where do I begin?”

I know these questions well because I had the exact same ones. Hopefully my experience will help combat any anxiety you might be feeling as the newly betrothed.

Take Some Time Off

This may come as a surprise, but Clinton and I didn’t do much planning right away. We took some time to just enjoy being engaged. For a few weeks, we kind of had this wonderful pre-wedding bliss that surrounded us. We didn’t feel any pressure to start planning, and it was heaven. 

My advice is to take some time off—if you’re able to—and enjoy spending time with your now fiancé. Whether it’s taking a few days away from work to spend time together or going on a weekend getaway to celebrate, hold off on rushing into planning and let the fact that you’re getting married sink in!

Download Those Wedding Apps

They help—trust me. After those first few weeks, I downloaded all of the essential wedding apps, including the San Antonio Weddings app, and Clinton and I sat down together and did some research. We created a budget we were comfortable with using the budget tool on the SAW app, and then I dove head first into Pinterest. I'd actually already been keeping a Pinterest board full of wedding ideas for a few years (I know I’m not the only one, right?), but as I went through it, I realized how much my tastes had changed over time. So I created a new board from scratch, and I’ve been pinning everything I love! I even went out and bought some bridal magazines to get some inspiration. I probably flip through these at least once a day.

Decide on a Date

Clinton and I knew we wanted to have a longer engagement—about 16 months—so picking a specific date wasn’t a pressing matter for us. Instead, we decided on a month. March was ideal for us both, and we figured we could have a month we both loved in our heads as we toured our venues.

Until next time...

With love,
The Local Bride

 

Kara Epstein has written for San Antonio Weddings for a few years and recently became the magazine’s resident bride because…she’s getting married! She’s known her fiancé Clinton, who popped the question on a trip to Boston, since she was 14. These full-time teachers will say “I do” on March 10, 2018. Read more from The Local Bride's adventures by searching keyword: TheLocalBride!

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