Love Is In The Air: Jess Levin’s Advice for Newly Engaged Ladies


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'Tis the season of love, ladies. February 14th is just on the horizon, which means couples are ramping up the romance and according to statistics, more than just a few of them are set to make their relationship official too. Valentine's Day: a popular occasion to get engaged? Who would have thought…

Sarcasm aside, if your beau pops the question this season, it's important to address the following weeks accordingly. Jess Levin, the creator of the interactive wedding site, Carats & Cake, offers her expertise with five tips for newly engaged couples. After the proposal comes the journey of the party planning process. Here's what to know!

1. Just got engaged? Embrace the moment! So many couples rush into planning mode right away without taking the time to bask in the “just engaged glow”. Regardless of whether you are planning a 12 week or 12 month engagement, you have time. Beginnings only happen once. So breathe.

2. Set boundaries. When you do start the planning process, it is important that you have a sit-down with all parties involved and discuss the big picture from responsibilities to budget. The biggest piece of advice I hear from brides everyday is that communication and organization are key. Not only does this help everyone get on the same page, but it also avoids future conflicts.

3. It's all about you and your beloved. Period. Too many couples say they lose sight of this and get wrapped up in trying to make everyone else happy but themselves. Remember this is your wedding. As harsh as it sounds, you have to come to terms with the fact that you aren't going to please everyone. Setting boundaries as mentioned above can help.

4. Prioritize. Make a list of the things that are important to you and rank them. Working on a limited budget? Splurge on the things that matter and figure out how to save with things that don't. Obsessing over a designer dress? Then see if a friend can make you an amazing play list so you don't have to pay for a DJ. A flower aficionado? Make sure your florist can re-use flowers from the ceremony in the reception.

5. Photographs last a lifetime. Even though I said it's all about you, arguably the third most important person at your wedding is the photographer. Choosing the right person to capture your special day can be daunting, so make sure you not only ask to view multiple weddings they have shot but also ask for referrals. In addition, many girls recommend you meet your photographer before the big day so that the photographer gets a sense of you as a couple and knows what to look for. One more tip, make a list of the shots you absolutely want so nobody misses a thing.