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After nearly 7 years of dating, I can now call him my fiance! With so many great memories between us, he couldn’t have chosen a more perfect setting than he did. For the past 6 months, we have been building a house, planning every detail from beginning to end, and all of that adds to the excitement of seeing our home come together. The day we got the keys, he let me do the honors and open the front door. Upon entering, there was a trail of red rose petals on the floor, leading a path to the kitchen where a bouquet of red roses lay. Then he’s down on his knee and so many emotions overcome you! All you can do is focus on what he’s saying and cherish the moment because before you know it, you have a ring on your finger and it’s all surreal from there.

My advice ladies, for the next week after it happens, just enjoy it! Make your phone calls, announce it on social media, and relish in your days of bliss, that’s what I did! After an exciting week, adding to my work agenda was planning my own wedding! Since we had just moved and were already planning an open house party, I changed the title to open house/engagement party! We don’t have a date set yet, but knowing people will be asking at our party, we do have a time frame in mind for next September or October. If you throw an engagement party, be prepared to answer those questions, or use your party to announce your wedding date if you have picked it.

Now, don’t think that planning a wedding over a year out won’t sneak up on you, because as a planner myself, I know how fast time flies in planning mode. You can start by figuring out some basics like what season you wish to have your wedding, maybe you are looking for a particular date?  Are you considering a planner? Now is the time to contact one. Even if you are just thinking about a day of coordinating package, it’s not too early to inquire. You should also begin thinking about a ballpark number of guests so you can view suited wedding venues. Lastly, let’s not forget about the elephant in the room, the budget! Trust me, that dreaded conversation about the budget needs to happen!

Interested in more? Follow my featured blog series Plan With Natalie on The Wedding Opera over the next year as I plan my wedding in real time. Next up on the agenda, the budget, followed by touring the beautiful venues of Niagara with my fiance to find our perfect fit!

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