It still sounds "new" to me, and the first moment I said "fiance" I think I blushed, but I am so happy I can hardly stand it
In fact, the energy was so positive, and the emotions so high after my now-FIANCE (with the little boopy-doop over the "e") asked me to marry him, that Dakota and Kaiser jumped up from a nap and started to play with one another
This just happened Saturday night so I am still floating on cloud nine from the initial excitement. We are going to take our time and enjoy our engagement as opposed to jumping into wedding planning with a short time line. We do have some things to figure out (mainly who is moving, since we are long distance) and we are going to have to pay for everything ourselves, but he is super supportive and I am SO lucky for that. I'm not fru-fru by any means, but I AM very anal retentive about details so I want to make sure that I am as organized as possible...and I hate rushing...so I wanted to look to my GSD web-friends for advice and ideas.
Going back to my lack of fru-fru-ness, I am not that girl who has had a wedding book since she was 13. In fact, I absolutely refused to watch romantic movies (even the comedies) until recently, and aside from having a general idea of what I THINK I would like my dress to look like, I have NO idea about where I want the wedding or any other details related to "the big day". I've registered at theknot.com and I'm planning on browsing a B&N bookstore this coming weekend to get a feel for magazines and books that are out there. Like I said, I'm not trying to jump into the planning part right now...but I DO want to get my resources ready for when the planning phase DOES begin.
For money saving purposes, I am going to talk to the credit union about a joint savings account (or some sort of account with no limitations or minimums for when we start USING that money for payments) that will have a previously set amount direct deposited from our respective checking accounts each month. Right now we are both on a super tight budget, but I want to start saving NOW, even if its only $50/month.
I know this is a general first question, and I promise you that I will have more refined questions for you all soon, but what advice would you offer a newly engaged couple? Mistakes you made and learned from? Sites/books/magazines you loved? Tricks of the trade, so to speak? And especially how to save money, when money is tight to begin with? etc etc etc