Engagement season is quickly approaching and it's time we all prepare ourselves for the onslaught of ring selfies our feeds are about to get hit with. With 8 out of the 10 of the most popular days to get engaged falling between Thanksgiving and Valentine's day, there's no denying that engagement season is a very real thing. Whether you're sick of the social media announcements or wondering when your partner is finally going to pick up on your not so subtle hints, we've got your ultimate guide to preparing for this unique aspect of the holiday season.
If you're the one proposing...
Congrats! You're about to ask one of the most exciting questions you've ever asked! With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, keep in mind that it's doubly important to nail down all of the proposal details so nothing is forgotten. The holidays are the perfect time to involve family in the proposal, so don't be afraid to ask for help pulling off a surprise. Your future mother-in-law can easily keep your partner busy with an afternoon of gift shopping if you need time to set things up and BFFs are perfect for ensuring her nails are perfectly polished ahead of time. Just make sure your helpers can be trusted to keep a secret! The holidays are also infamously known for excessive spending, but don't let that put a damper on ring shopping. A personal engagement ring loan can help ensure you'll have the funds to pick out the perfect bling without blowing your holiday gift budget.
Finally, try to go more classic than cliché with the holiday proposal ideas. A carriage ride complete with a jolly Santa and his reindeer...might want to rethink that one! Are you thinking of proposing while surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights? Having gorgeous votive lanterns hanging from trees? That would be absolutely perfect!
If you're the parents of the happy couple...
Many people forget that this event is usually just as important for parents as it is for their children. You're gaining a new family member and will soon be guiding your child through one of the most exciting times of their life, so it's important to be super supportive.
Although the holidays are already jam-packed, having lots of family in town could be perfect for throwing together an impromptu engagement party. Just keep in mind that etiquette says not to invite anyone to the engagement party who won't be invited to the wedding, so try and confer with the couple before making the call.
Finally, with this season of peace and goodwill, you may want to think about reaching out to your future in-laws, especially if you haven't met before. You're about to embark on an exciting journey with them and making sure you're on the same page from the start will make the whole process more enjoyable. Plus, they're probably the only other people who are as excited about this news as you are!
If everyone you know is getting engaged...
As a millennial, it can certainly seem like everyone and their brother is getting engaged and married right now, even more so if you're eagerly awaiting a ring of your own! It's important to not let this ruin the happiness of the holidays. Instead, focus on the positives! Maybe your bestie got engaged and you'll get the chance to be a bridesmaid. At the very least, you'll have a few fun parties coming up where you can celebrate your friends and their new partners with great food and drinks! If you're still feeling super overwhelmed by social media announcements don't be afraid to step away and take a break. After all, it's a great time of year to focus on family!
Above all, try to handle this time with grace and reflect on the positive things in your life you have to be grateful for. It also doesn't hurt to stock up on some classy note cards to send your well-wishes to the happy couples. (Check out the image below, we've pulled some of our favorites for you!) If you're still having trouble with your jealousy rising, again we recommend taking a break from social media until the majority of engagement season is finished.
If you’re the one being proposed to…
We're so excited for you! Maybe you saw the signs coming or maybe this was a complete surprise, but either way one of the biggest moments of your life combined with the most wonderful time of year means there's endless happiness all around. You just need to remember to thank all of your well-wishers and be prepared to show off your new bling at every upcoming holiday function.
This time of year already feels like a whirlwind so before you throw wedding planning into the mix it might be time to invest in a pretty new planner as a holiday gift to yourself. A fresh calendar is perfect for filling with all of the upcoming planning meetings and appointments you'll soon be busy with!(Again, check out some of our favorites below!)