As wedding season comes to an end, we are about to venture into engagement season! It’s that magical time of the year when love is in the air, and couples around the city are taking the plunge into marital bliss. If you find yourself amidst the flurry of proposals and sparkling rings, fear not! Whether you are proposing, being proposed to, or are that friend who is single but must attend all the engagement parties, we’ve compiled a survival guide to help you not just endure but enjoy this engagement season.
1. Embrace the Love
Engagement season is a celebration of love and even if you’re not personally involved, take joy in the happiness of those around you. Remember that the joy of others does not diminish your own experiences or journey. Take pleasure in the happiness of those around you, and you’ll find the season more enjoyable. Attend engagement parties with a genuine smile, congratulate the happy couples, and bask in the positive energy!
2. Master the Art of Small Talk
As the bride, chances are you’ll find yourself in numerous conversations about wedding plans, bridal showers, and dress fittings. It’s a great way to share in the excitement and to gain perspective from people who may have gone through this all before! As a guest, chances still are you’ll find yourself stuck talking to great Aunt Sheryl so brush up on your small talk skills and be genuinely interested in others’ stories. You are all together to celebrate the same love!
3. Prepare for the Inevitable Questions and Set Boundaries
Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or married, be prepared for the inevitable questions about your own relationship status. During engagement season, everyone seems to be invested in everyone’s business so have a gracious response ready that redirects the conversation or humorously addresses the topic. If you find yourself overwhelmed with wedding invitations, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties, it’s crucial to set boundaries. Politely decline invitations if you need a break or if attending every event becomes too much. Prioritize self-care to navigate this engagement season gracefully.
4. Be Mindful of Others
Engagement season can be challenging for those who are single or going through a tough time in their relationships. Be mindful of others’ feelings and avoid excessive flaunting of your own joy. This is not to say you can’t be excited and post about your ring and engagement, it’s just to remind you to also not let this become your whole personality. Consider private messages announcing your engagement to close friends and family before making a public announcement. If you’re not the one getting engaged, be supportive and avoid negative comments. Sensitivity goes a long way in maintaining positive relationships during engagement season.
5. Define Your Own Timelines
During engagement season it is easy to be swept up in the emotions and comments from others about your relationship or potential wedding details. Remember that everyone’s journey is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Define your own timeline with yourself and with your partner based on your values, goals, and personal circumstances. You do you, and do only what makes you happy!
Engagement season can be a whirlwind of emotions, but with the right mindset and strategies, you can navigate it with grace and enjoy the festivities. Whether you’re celebrating your own engagement, attending numerous weddings, or simply witnessing the love around you, this season is ultimately about love, joy, and the connections we share with one another. Remember, life is a series of unique and individual experiences, and there’s no rush to meet societal expectations. Embrace the season with an open heart, and you’ll find that there’s joy to be discovered in every stage of life. Contact us today!