There are some moments that we all consider special in our lives and getting engaged is usually one of the most significant milestones for many.

Two people meet, fall in love and decide to take the next big step; getting engaged, ready to be married.

Engagement is a celebratory moment as well as a sentimental one. It is the time to share with the nearest and dearest, all the happiness and excitement about the upcoming future life together as a married couple.

But shortly after celebrations comes the stress of starting the wedding preparations. Planning a wedding involves dealing with a lot of stressful situations, and that is why many couples might feel tempted to shorten the engagement time along with the wedding preparations, speeding things up and getting the wedding over with as quickly as possible.

Having said that, according to a Huffington Post Survey, most couples opt to wait it out, some for as much as 18 months and continue to follow a slow planning process instead. Most new couples tend to wait at least a year to get married, following an initial engagement period.

Those that tend to have short engagements, often around six months, are couples who've been together for a significant amount of time already, or those getting married later on in life.

A slow-paced wedding plan can help to ease the stress somewhat, and it's important to remember that since you have your whole lives together ahead of you, there really is no need to rush it.

Weddings can be quite stressful to plan

Depending on the type of wedding you wish to have, these are generally stressful events to plan. The perfect ceremony takes a lot of time to prepare, a lot of planning, not to mention the costs, so it's wise to do this slowly.

It's also important to note that some venues can be fully booked for up to as much as two years in advance, meaning that you have little option to speed things up if it's your desired choice and insist on getting married there.

Also, planning your wedding will most certainly be one of the biggest emotional events of your lives and can often cause some family commotion; couples will need to come together and compromise on many things leading up to the wedding.

Then there is the budget to consider as it is vital to be realistic about what you can afford for the ceremony of your dreams. On this note, many families generally like to contribute to the wedding, so that is always a bonus.

And last but certainly not least, the couple must decide on the wedding rings.

Choosing the Wedding Rings

When it comes to choosing a wedding ring, many people like to opt for a design that complements their engagement ring. It's nice to be able to wear both items of jewellery together rather than to replace one for the other as both rings are of sentimental value to the wearer.

But sometimes Brides may like to have a bit more choice and flexibility. For instance, they may not want to wear their engagement ring all of the time after the wedding, but would still like one that complements the wedding ring, if and when they do choose to wear both, in the future.

There is a rule of thumb when it comes to pairing rings together and matching old and new is commonly avoided, because they just don't match! For vintage design engagement rings, be sure to opt for a wedding band of similar appeal. Equally, if your engagement ring is a modern design, opt for something that is likewise as contemporary, and you cannot go wrong.

Wedding preparations can also be fun

As much as they are stressful, let's not forget that weddings are fun, happy times too and usually after an extended time of stress, all is calm and joyful when the special day arrives.

The best thing is not to allow the stressful planning phase to cause you too much worry or panic and instead focus on the fun part of the pre-wedding plans such as the announcement, invitations, the hen dos and stag dos along with other engagements parties.


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