So this may come as a surprise to you, but getting engaged was a pretty big item on my bucket list, or as some of my friends will remind me, an important component of my five year plan.
Ok I lie. You all know how desperate I was. I even wrote about it here and received a lot of feedback from people ranging from “I can’t believe you admitted that to everyone on the internet” to “OMG I feel exactly the same way, I’m glad I’m not the only one!”
Well folks, you’ll be relieved to know that he bloody well did it. My better half took Beyonce’s advice, got down on one knee and put a ring on it. I have to say, the day we got engaged has been one of the best days of my life to date. It was everything six-year-old Simone imagined, but with even more butterflies and squeals. My cheeks were sore from the ridiculously big grin I had on my face not only all day, but pretty much for the next week. As far as popping the question goes, I give it a good 10/10. Gold medal for Wesley!
So almost three months later, how am I feeling? Am I still living up the engaged life? How’s the wedding planning going? Good news guys – I’m going to tell you all about it in a nice neat blog post package.
Being engaged is pretty awesome. I mean, it’s pretty much exactly the same as not being engaged except you have a beautiful big sparkler on your left hand and you get to start planning one of the biggest parties of your life. But on a (more) serious note, there’s something really comforting about knowing I’m going to marry my best friend and that we’re taking the next step forward in our relationship.
Of course you don’t have to get married to prove your commitment to one another, but it’s something we’ve always talked about and it’s something that’s important to us – so the fact it’s finally happening really is…well, for want of a better cliché, a dream come true.
Ok, now for the fun part – the planning. You can bet your last dollar that I went into planning mode the moment we left the sacred proposal site and headed home to break the news to our families. I mean, I’d had my secret wedding Pinterest board well established at that point, so you could technically say the planning started years ago.
Wedding planning has been a hoot. I bore way too many people discussing colours, flowers, locations and dresses on a daily basis and I’m not even sorry. We still have a year to go and I’ve already booked our photographer, celebrant and the band. I’ve started trying on dresses, have had to divide my Pinterest boards into categories and have quotes for flowers and marquees coming out of my ears.
Admitting this, however, also makes me feel like I should justify my actions and that some people do judge you, thinking you’re being ridiculous booking things in so far in advance. Maybe that’s just my insecurities speaking, but either way, I love being organised. I love the thought of not stressing in the lead up because everything’s been organised months in advance. I love spending my free time reading bridal magazines and tossing up between natives and succulents.
Some people will probably tell me I’m dreaming and that it will always be stressful; I’ll take that advice onboard too. But (I hope) this is the only time I’ll ever get to enjoy planning my own wedding, so I’m going to make the most of it while I can. And then afterwards you can all tell me how annoying I was, but for now, just let me enjoy my ‘glow’. (Not the pregnant kind. Just thought I’d better clear that up.)
You know, sometimes you do have to pinch yourself. I talk a lot about my own definitions of ‘growing up’ on my blog, and this time in my life is a big part of it. Getting married is one of those milestones you think about when you’re a child, and it’s somewhat surreal to know it’s going to happen. But, in my old age, I’ve realised that getting married is something a lot of people do (and something everyone should be able to do) and that once the wedding is over, life just continues on as normal. Getting married doesn’t make me special – it just means I’m special to one person, which is still pretty cool in my book.
Ok, enough from me. Your turn! Please share with me all of your wedding tips and tricks, because I want to know them all! And keep an eye out as I’ll attempt to share some of my own down the track.