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I’M ENGAGED!!!! We can all agree that finally being able to share these words with the world is THE BEST! Right? Whether you’ve dated your fella for a few months or a few years (or more than a few) years, officially declaring your newly minted fiancé status to your loved ones and best friends is one of the best feelings in the word!

Since we’re smack in the middle of engagement season (it’s a real thing that happens every year from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day—we promise), we’re declaring the next five days Engagement Celebration Week. Grab your best gals, your mama, and even your new fiancé (and the confetti) because we’ve got some cheers-ing to do!! We’ve planned fun celebrations all week long, giveaways every day (!!!) and we’re officially re-releasing our recently updated and extra-marvelous Joyful Wedding Planner.

To kick off our weeklong celebration, we want to hear from you! We want to hear the stories of your proposals (and see pictures) so get to posting and use the hashtag #JoyfullyEngaged so we can follow along. I’ve got my confetti and heart emojis-sending fingers ready, and I know the other Southern Weddings gals do, too.

As for the Planner, you might notice that in addition to some updates on the inside (pretty gold D-rings, updated info in every section, new downloads!), we’ve given our gal a fresh new name. There are a few reasons for this:

First, we wanted our Planner to more clearly communicate how we want you to FEEL while planning your wedding. I’ll be the first to admit that wedding planning can have its stressful moments (ahem, budgeting and guest list anyone?), but we believe it IS possible to have a joyful wedding planning experience, and that our Planner can help you have just that — by equipping you with both the practical and the pretty and reminding why we’re all doing this in the first place.

Second, while we will always be the Southern Weddings team and we have the biggest heart for our sweet Southern brides, we think the advice and encouragement in our Planner transcends geography, and we’d hate for a bride who’s hoping for a meaningful and joyful wedding to miss out on our info just because she doesn’t hail from beneath the Mason-Dixon Line!

Our whole team agrees that the Joyful Wedding Planner might be the best thing to ever come out of the Southern Weddings office. We have a burning passion for sharing really, truly GOOD information with y’all – the exact pieces of advice and same resources we’d give our sisters and best friends – and our Planner is the best way we know how to do that.

Whatever stage of engagement you’re in, celebrate as if you said ‘yes’ yesterday during this coming week! For the next five days, be all in!! Reminisce on the feelings you felt right after he asked, and soak up this fun week just for you. It’s time to celebrate!

xoxo,
Kristin and the Southern Weddings team

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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    I typed “engaged” into my phone the other day and it auto-corrected to “ENGAGED!!!”…and if that’s not a sign of engagement season, I don’t know what is! If you’re one of the sweet gals out there sporting a sparkly new ring, I’d love to be the first to give you a big welcome hug to Southern Weddings. We’re thrilled to have you here! You can learn more about us here and pick up our latest issue here, but in the meantime, I know you must be itching to get started planning your very special day.

    And that’s exactly what this new series is for! The Southern Weddings team is passionate about making sure that our readers have the BEST information at their fingertips as they dive into wedding planning–our goal is to give you all the tools you need to plan a meaningful celebration while you also, first and foremost, prepare well for married life. This series will walk you through the very FIRST steps to take after getting engaged. It’s easy to get super overwhelmed by inspiration and checklists and timelines, but we’ll worry about all that later–here’s what you need to do right off the bat!

    If you’re reading as a new bride-to-be, you may have already tackled this first step, so we’re backtracking for a second for any girls who are waiting on a proposal annnny day now ;) The FIRST thing to do after saying “yes” and celebrating with your brand new fiancé is to spread the good news! Start with your parents, and then move out in concentric circles to siblings, BFFs, and other close relatives (especially older ones who may particularly appreciate hearing from you directly). It’s always fun to share in person, but over the phone is great, too! A little tip: before letting loose on social media (and watching the congratulations roll in–so fun!), do a quick scroll through the contacts on your phone to make sure you didn’t accidentally forget anyone who should be called or texted first.

    Moving right along to the first physical step of planning your wedding (!!), you’ll need to put an organizational system into place ASAP. Some people like creating an email account specifically for wedding planning, but a dedicated folder in your inbox works just as well. For all the physical papers, note taking, and magazine tear-outs, a wedding planning binder is a must-have–and to be honest, when I got engaged, I was a little let down by the options I found.

    Thankfully, we started creating the Southern Weddings Planner just a few short months later, so along with all the information our team has gathered over a decade in the wedding industry and after working with hundreds of vendors, we included everything I personally wanted in a wedding binder as I walked through my own engagement (yes, major #jobperks :)). Since then, the Southern Weddings Planner has undergone two rounds of revisions, and the 2017 version is absolutely the best yet! You can learn all about it and pick one up for yourself in the Southern Weddings Shop.

    We’ll be back with more steps to take after getting engaged next week! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a single post of this special series–there’s lots more fun to share! As a bonus, when you sign up, you’ll receive an exclusive “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” card printable created just for Southern Weddings readers by Sage Paper Company. It is gorgeous, and will be perfect for asking your best gals to stand by you when you get to that step of planning!

    See more from this engagement session by Leslie Hollingsworth on our Facebook page!

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    1. avatar Alexandria Palmer reply

      Just got engaged but our wedding will be in may/June of 2019

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    Get ready engaged (and soon-to-be-engaged) gals: today’s your lucky day!! In the spirit of gifting experiences, we could think of nothing better than giving you ALL the things you’ll need for creating a memorable wedding planning experience. I wish I’d been lucky enough to have all these resources (both pretty and practical) during my engagement season, and you can bet that I give them to all my best gals when they get engaged. We know that your wedding day will be one of the most meaningful experiences in your life, and we hope these tools help with your planning and preparation!!

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    4. Vows Booklet Set: For crafting your vows and keeping them close (pocket of your wedding dress perhaps?)
    5. The Wedding Day Journal: To remember the planning process, big day and early days of newlywed bliss
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    kristin Written with love by Kristin
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