Getting Engaged

Amy Cunningham

Congratulations, it's official! You're engaged and soon to be married!

Getting engaged is an exciting, though sometimes nerve-wracking, time. From planning the proposal, meeting the in-laws, setting the date, you're in for a whirlwind of stressful, crazy fun, but a lifetime of love.

If you're like most couples, you can't wait to show off that ring, announce your engagement to the world and start planning your big day. Before you're buried in wedding plans though, take time to bask in the moment, relax, and just enjoy your engagement together.

Once you've had time to let it all sink in and the planning begins, make an effort to keep that magical feeling that you felt on your engagement day alive. Throughout the entire engagement period and wedding planning, keep your relationship at the forefront. Don't lose sight of what's really important. Remember, the wedding lasts one day, but your marriage lasts a lifetime, and your engagement is preparation for both.

Read on for our complete guide to your engagement: from planning the proposal, to planning the wedding, and surviving everything in between.

Engagement Parties

Planning an Engagement Party - Tips and ideas for planning the perfect engagement party including hosting the party, inviting the guests, and more.

Engagement Party Gifts - Creative engagement gift ideas for the happy couple!

Engagement Rings

Buying an Engagement Ring - A guide to buying an engagement ring, understanding ring styles and diamonds, and learning the 4 C's: clarity, cut, color, and carat weight.

Symbols of Love - Celtic and Claddagh Rings - These specialized motifs are the perfect symbols of all it means to be married.

Engagement Rings Through the Ages - Ever noticed that it's the engagement ring that gets most of the hullabaloo, while the wedding ring seems almost an afterthought? This is no recent development, despite our modern preoccupation with bling. It's been going on for thousands of years, and we'll fill you in on the details in this article.

Moissanite Engagement Rings - Full of sparkle and radiance, these rare stones are an attractive, unique, and affordable alternative to diamonds.

Engagement Proposals

10 Tips for Proposing Marriage - 10 tips for men getting ready to propose. A must read for all men about to get down on one knee.

Will You Marry Me? - Tips on how and when to propose marriage.

Proposal Ideas - Hundreds of unique and creative proposal ideas! If you're looking for a unique idea, you'll find it here.

Getting Him to Propose - Tips for getting him to propose when he's dragging his feet!

Engaged Living

A Groom's Guide to Surviving Engagement - 10 tips for keeping the romance alive during the stressful engagement period.

Meeting the In-Laws - Tips to make your first meeting go smoothly.