7 Helpful Tips for the Newly Engaged  ...

Your engagement is a very exciting time, but it can quickly turn into a stressful time. So, I'm here to help you and your wedding plans remain in that happy state, because no one wants to deal with a bridezilla! Continue reading for 7 Helpful Tips for the Newly Engaged...

1. Take It Step by Step...

Don't feel rushed to set a date or choose a maid of honor and bridesmaids. But do enjoy the rush of emotions and enjoy them together. You don't need to pick up the phone as soon as you say yes to call everyone in your phone book. Go out to dinner and celebrate, just the two of you. If you don't want or need to have a short engagement; relax, save money, and set a date a month or two from now. Make a plan and take it step by step so you don't feel stressed to jump into everything right after s/he popped the question.

2. Listen to Your Heart...

You know what you like, even if your mother is helping with the cost you are still planning your big day not hers. If your husband-to-be hates the color red, don't let anyone tell you how lovely red would look on your bridesmaids. If you don't want to plan an outdoor ceremony, then listen to your heart instead of being the yes man when your best friend tells you how gorgeous you will look as the sun glows on your skin!

3. Stop Looking on Pinterest...

Once you've narrowed down your wedding theme and decor, step away from Pinterest and other wedding sites! These are wonderful tools to get ideas for when you first begin your wedding planning, but they can start to stress you out after a while. New pins pop up and the wheels in your head just keeping spinning. Know when to stop looking for ideas and settle on a theme, decor, and other items.

4. Don't Feel the Need to Lose Weight...

Yes every bride wants to look her best and be a little more toned here and there. However, you shouldn't feel the need to drop a dress size or two. You're fiance popped the question to YOU, not the woman two sizes smaller than you. On your big day, be yourself and not some image you have in your head of what you think a "bride" should look like.

5. Don't Bring an Army with You to Shop for a Gown...

After watching "Say Yes to the Dress" a few dozen times, I learned that when you bring too many people gown shopping with you it usually turns into a disaster. There are too many opinions, too many people who won't like the gown you love, and too many who love gowns that you'll hate. Bring those who you know like your style, who are honest in a good way, and won't pressure you into buying something you really don't want to walk down the aisle in. Everyone else will just have to understand and wait until the big day to see your wedding gown.

6. Make Sure Your Fiance Feels Included...

Guys act like they don't care about wedding stuff like whether your invitations have hearts or butterflies on them, if you have a candy buffet as your wedding favors, or if your cake is chocolate or chocolate chip. However, when your invitations come in and he doesn't like them, you'll realize that you should have asked for his opinion. So be sure to make him feel included and ask him things that might sound silly right now, but later on you'll be glad that you did.

7. You Can Go with Your First Choice...

Your friends and family members might encourage you to keep looking at other venues, photographers, and to even try on more wedding dresses. However, if you are in love with the first venue you look at then why look at others. The same goes for your wedding dress; if it is everything you dreamed of then don't feel pressured to keep trying on other dresses that your mom or sister want to see. If you are an easy going bride, keep it simple and don't let others stress you out.

This is your day and it should be done the way you want it to be done. Enjoy this time together and make it as big or small as you like. Not everyone has an engagement party or a bridal shower. If these are things you don't want, stand up for yourself and tell everyone no. I hope you have found my tips for the newly engaged to be helpful as you begin your wedding plans. What other newly engaged tips have helped you after saying, 'I Do"?