197 – Dates to Avoid and Etiquette for the Newly Engaged

Dates to Avoid and Etiquette for the Newly Engaged

Dates to Avoid and Etiquette for the Newly Engaged – Episode #197 

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Picking out a wedding date can be hard.  We are hoping to help with that by giving you a few dates NOT to have a wedding on. Plus, we are here to give you some guidance on how life is going to change now that you are engaged. 

Dates not to have your wedding on
A few dates to avoid: 

  • Super Bowl Sunday 
  • Final Four/March Madness 
  • World Series 
  • Large Festival Weekends that take place (in Austin- SXSW, ACL Festival) 
  • Holiday weekends con- families have standing plans or traditions 
    • Mother’s Day 
    • Father’s Day 
    • Independence Day 
    • Thanksgiving 
    • Christmas/New year's (Irish tradition states that New Year's Eve is a lucky day to get married-You will be able to start fresh and happy in the New Year) 
  • Tax Day 
  • Bad luck:
    •  Friday 13th 
    • Patriot Day-Sept 11th   
    • Ides of March (March 15th) 
    • Remembrance Day- Dec 7th  
  • Religious Observances 
    • Rosh Hashana 
    • Yom Kippur 
    • Chanukah 
    • Palm Sunday 
    • Easter Sunday 
    • Passover 
    • Kwanzaa 
  • Close to a birthday 
  • Leap Day- don't do it, it just confuses everything and everyone! 

Thanks to TheKnot for helping us out with this, here is a link to check out all dates for 2019, 2020, and 2021. https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-dates-to-avoid

Etiquette for Newly Engaged Couples 

It is not bragging to post a pic of your engagement ring on social media but it makes a happy statement to include you and your fiancé in the photo(s) as well.  

People are going to ask questions. Be ready.  Think about how you will kindly and tactfully answer these questions. And some people will be nosy! 

You may, and it is encouraged, register before the engagement party if you choose to have one. But do not include the registry info on the party invitation.  Only offer the info if asked. 

If you have yet to meet parents do so as soon as possible. 

If you do not like the engagement ring that was picked out for you: There are a few options: learn to love it or work together to design something new.  Just remember that the giver has feelings too so be kind. 

Give great thought into who you will ask to be in your bridal party.  It’s hard to take back once you’ve asked, or blurted out on a whim. 

 Episode 168

Traditionally the engagement party is thrown by the bride's parents but anyone can host, even you!  But don’t ask your MOH or Best Man to host as they have other obligations. If you opt to have the party, make sure it’s closer to the engagement rather than the wedding. 

Refrain as long as possible from oversharing wedding planning details on social media.  First, you want to keep your details a surprise for your guest.  Secondly, you will receive much advice, much of it unsolicited! 

You may be asked quite a few questions about the ring, how big is it, how much was it, or even is it real. Answering with an “it’s not the size that matters to me, I love it” is advised. Even using humor to lighten the conversation can be another way to go. 

Usually, Engagement parties are kept fairly small since you will most likely want to invite them to the wedding also.   

When it comes to changing your status on social media, that’s totally up to you.  But we advise waiting until you’ve told your VIPs. Don’t want ma finding out through FB. 

Share your love not your brags.   

Calling you in-laws Mom and Dad…it’s up to you.  Some never feel comfortable doing that.  

Don’t panic and get overwhelmed at the idea of planning a wedding.  There are lots of resources and people to help you. 

Don’t let planning take precedence over your relationship!  Keep dating!!! 

Episode 179

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