By Deirdre Reynolds
So you’ve just gotten engaged – Congratulations!
Whether your beau stuck to tradition by getting down on bended knee or you grabbed the bull by the horns by popping the question yourself, engagement is one of the most exciting times in a young couple’s life together.
Cohabitation is well and good, but nothing screams commitment quite like saying ‘I Do’ in front of your nearest and dearest.
But now that he’s finally put a ring on it, what next?
For the first few weeks – heck, make that months – you may be so busy flashing that sparkler in the face of anyone who’ll look that you forget one tiny detail: the wedding.
For those who’ve been dreaming about their Big Day since they were a little girl, celebrating your engagement (and showing off that bling) is naturally a gal’s prerogative.
“We’re still celebrating our engagement,” admits model Lisa Murphy (37), who’s set to wed solicitor-to-the-stars Gerald Kean next Spring. “To be honest, at the moment we’re just focused on getting our house finished before the wedding. I definitely haven’t turned into Bridezilla!”
Before your life slowly transmogrifies into one long episode of reality TV show Four Weddings, take time out to enjoy simply being engaged advises Weddingstyle.ie relationship expert Trish Murphy.
“Engagement is a lovely time for a couple,” says psychotherapist Trish. “It’s romantic and exciting; it’s the first chapter of your life together as husband and wife.”
“After my husband and I got engaged, I just felt all loved-up again like I had when we first met,” agrees newlywed Rosemarie (28) from Dublin.
“Although nothing really changes in terms of your day-to-day relationship, all of sudden I just felt more secure. All the small tiffs seem to disappear; it’s a bit like an early honeymoon period!”
When the sheen of the engagement wears off and the stress of planning a wedding sets it however, it can be a different story.
So for all you blushing brides-to-be, Weddingstyle.ie has compiled the ultimate engagement survival guide.
From interfering in-laws to pre-wedding jitters, read on to find out how to make it down the aisle with your sanity in tact!