Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why I Love Being Engaged


This is a time in my life I have been dreaming of since I was a little girl; it has been the most perfect 9 months of my life and we have 7 more months to enjoy this wonderful time. We decided to have a long engagement (post to come about why) and it was the best decision we ever made.

Timothy and I got engaged on Saturday July 26, 2014, you can read all about it here, while we were vacationing in Delray Beach, Florida. I have had some amazing experiences while being engaged, so here are just a few of the reasons why I LOVE being engaged!

Wedding Dress Shopping

This was my absolute favorite day and I got to spend it with some amazing women. My two sisters, my two grandmothers and my mom's best friend and her daughter, which so happened to also be one of my sisters best friend. It was an AMAZING day. The only part that was missing from that day was getting to share this wonderful moment with my mom. I had always dreamed about what my dress would look like and it was everything I could have hoped for and more! I can't wait to wear it again, but for real this time!

The Parties

Now, I love a good party and what better time to have as many parties as you possibly can than during an engagement! We have had two parties so far: Engagement party that was just with our family and the bridal party and then a Stock the Bar Party that my dad threw us with our friends! My absolute favorite part was the planning of the Stock the Bar Party and all the DIY decorations I got to make! We are planning on have 3 more parties - a Monograms & Mimosas party my MOH is throwing me in June, a bridal shower my mom's best friend is throwing me in October with my side of the family and a bridal shower Timmy's cousin is throwing me with his side of the family in November. Parties are my favorite because I get to spend time celebrating my love with all my closest friends and family!

Registering for Gifts

So I might have gotten a little "gift happy" but I just had no idea what to put on our registry. It was a lot of fun though because we literally spent one whole Sunday looking online and just clicking "Add to Registry" It was just so much fun looking at all the china and bedding and deciding what we wanted to start our life with. It was a little nerve racking because there was just so much to choose from!

Picking the Bridal Party

This was one of the easiest decisions thus far; I knew from even before I was engaged who would be standing up next to me on my big day, I had my girls I just needed a groom. Picking our wedding party was the beginning of the process. Timmy and I were going to California to visit with 3 of the girls that were in my wedding party just about a month after we were engaged so I jumped on planning on how to ask them! Asking all the girls was the first thing I did and it made everything so much easier because they all jumped right in and starting celebrating and helping me plan my wedding. Picking your bridal party means you are picking some of the most amazing people in your life and that means all your parties are going to be amazing because they are going to be there and you know you can count on them!

Envisioning your future together

Timmy and I can't wait to start our new life together. We are starting a new chapter and talk about it often, we can't wait to see where God takes us in our life.


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22 comments :

  1. Firstly, congrats! I'm getting married in September :) I can totally relate to these! My most exciting part is our future together :)

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  2. I can't wait to get married someday, but I think I'd rather elope!

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  3. Being engaged was honestly one of the best years of my life! And it just keeps getting better after that! You hit all the highlights with those key points. Registering is so much fun, isn't it?! I would daydream for hours envisioning our life together!

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  4. Awww, congratualtions! Mairrage is so awesome. I felt like I was on Cloud-9 everyday when I was engaged.

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  5. Even though I wasn't engaged long, only 5 short months, but I loved every second of it! I definitely wish it was a little longer so I didn't have to rush the wedding planning. But it was still great.

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  6. Cute! I can't wait to be engaged! I've been with the Mr. for over 4 years so I'm just waiting for the ring :) I dream about everything you just wrote about. It's going to be amazing.

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  7. I've loved being engaged so much! I only have a month or so left, and I honestly think I might miss it a little!

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  8. Those are all fun! My favorite has been doing the registry! Lol good luck and congrats!!! :)

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  9. So fun Ashley, enjoy every moment. We had a long engagement also {a year and half} I loved it. Now married 18 years and love it.

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  10. Congrats! Being engaged was so much fun!! One of the best times. I loved all the planning.

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  11. The engagement is really the most exciting part of it all.. Enjoy every minute of it!

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  12. Aw I'm so happy for you!! I can't wait to be engaged. My boyfriend let it slip when he was drunk last weekend that it's coming in a few months! lol.

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  13. My husband and I eloped 8 years ago, so we didn't have all the crazy planning going on. But it sounds like you're having a blast! Enjoy this time in your life!!

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  14. This is very sweet! I wasn't engaged for long as my hubs and I couldn't wait for our planned wedding and ran off to the courthouse a month before! Then we went on to say "I do" three more times! Lol I'm glad you're enjoying it all!!! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

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  15. So sweet, these are the things I miss about being engaged! It does get better after you get married too!

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  16. Congrats! My favorite parts were looking for my dress and planning the food. =)

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  17. What a gorgeous ring! Love that picture. The engagement and planning season is such a fun one! It’s been almost 10 years for me, but my best friend is getting married in May and I’ve gotten to live vicariously through her planning! So glad to see you are enjoying it all. And I think that a longer engagement is less stressful (and more enjoyable) than trying to plan everything in such a short time!

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  18. Congrats on your engagement! My favorite part of my wedding was the decorations. I hope you have a wonderful wedding!

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  19. We quickly married, but I'm planning a small ceremony for our sixth anniversary (April 1st 2016!). It'll be in a different country with our son. No one else. I wish I would have had the chance to do all this planning, but it wasn't in the plans. Congrats and good luck!

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  20. Our engagement was super sweet too. A lot of people overlook that time because getting married is so important, but it's such a sweet time, with all the expectation, the dreaming about the big day, about the marriage. You do have a wonderful ring too! Enjoy! The wedding will be here before you know it! Thanks for linking up with us on Tuesday! :)

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  21. Oh, love this post! I loved being engaged as well! Everything was so much fun and the wedding day was just the best! We had so much fun! Now I live them through everyone else! Can't wait to see pics from yours!

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  22. We had 17 month engagement and I loved every bit of it too. We didn't do parties, but now I wish I would have. They look so much fun! I loved wedding dress shopping. I had a blast picking out my favorites and trying them on. I cried when I envisioned myself walking down the isle in the one dress! I'm looking forward to reading why you wanted a long engagement.

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