Friday, April 24, 2009

You've Proposed – Now What?

So you've found the engagement ring. You've mustered up the nerve to propose. And to your delight, she's said YES! Now what? Most grooms think they're done after the proposal, but not quite fellas. Although your bride will most likely take the lead in wedding planning activities, your work isn't done. Let us tell you what your next steps are.

• Take the lead in coordinating the groom's party – Your bride will have enough on her plate. This is an area where your involvement will be key. Once you've decided who you want to stand beside you at the ceremony, volunteer to initiate contact, communicate important wedding updates, select the tuxedo choice, coordinate sizing among the groomsmen, and pick out the groom's party gifts. In addition to your bride's other planning duties, she will be busy coordinating things for her bridesmaids. She will appreciate you taking the lead with the groomsmen.

• Ask to receive periodic updates on the status of planning activities – Your bride does not want to feel as though you don't care about the detail and effort that is going into creating a special day for the two of you and your guests. By asking to be kept abreast of wedding planning efforts on a regular basis, you have communicated to your bride that you care about the end product just as much as she does.

• Plan the honeymoon – This is something that has traditionally been tasked to the groom. So guys, let's make sure to follow through. After the long, hectic, and tiring planning process, your bride can take joy in knowing that once the wedding is over, she can retreat to a destination that you took such care in planning and making special for the two of you.

• Just be supportive – If you've flipped through the TV channels, you've no doubt seen the notorious bridal meltdowns. While we hope this doesn't happen to you and your bride, you can help ensure a stable mental state by being supportive throughout the planning process. If your bride is upset about something, try to understand why and help to create a resolution. If your bride is excited about something, share in her excitement.

You've proposed and she is just beside herself at the prospect of planning a wedding celebratory event as you begin new lives together. Follow the tips listed here to ensure your bride feels the same way once the big day draws near.

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