Okay, so you wake up the next morning and begin to remember all the plans that were made the night before; some of them you like and some of them you don't like. This is when you need to call your boyfriend, oh, excuse me, your fiancé to set a time to get together to discuss all the plans that were made and how he feels about all of it--after all, he has a family who would probably like to put in their two cents on all the arrangements.
Getting engaged during the holidays, and "holidays" being the operative word here, is exciting and stressful at the same time. You work full time, which takes 40 hours out of your week; add in holiday shopping, parties, etc., in the hours left over (don't forget to factor in time for sleeping), and now you're engaged and your families are pulling you in many directions. So how many hours remain for you to have some personal time? The most organized, sane person would be stressed out at this point.
It is at this time that you and your fiancé need to make some smart, sound decisions. You can either:
1) put your wedding plans on hold until after the first of the year and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends; or
2) you can stress yourselves out by trying to make wedding plans during the holidays, trying to appease everybody and take the risk of arguing over little things just because you're worn out and stressed.
Decision #1 sounds real good to me; how about you?
The week between Christmas and New Year's is a great time to get together (the two of you) to discuss a plan of action. The last week of the year is so quiet and everyone just wants to rest after all the hustle and bustle of the last two months. Your minds will be much more rested and ready to discuss a plan, and when you gather your family together to discuss your plan, they'll be more receptive to changes.
Just a note to you both: when you're making your plans, keep your families' wishes in mind to some extent by incorporating what they want for your wedding. After all, they've been waiting for this moment also, and if they didn't have a large wedding themselves, they'll be living it through yours, and how you manage all of this will determine the end result.
If you need help in getting through all of this, search the internet for wedding planning workshops in your area and sign up--you'll be amazed at what you can learn.
Happy Holidays to all!
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