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It's engagement season! If you've received an engagement ring recently, you're probably overwhelmed with excitement and information. After you get your requisite mani and consult your best friends and family, take a deep breathe—this should be one of the most joyous times in your life! To help organize your teeming thoughts and keep you sane, we consulted top bridal experts for the their best engagement tips. In no particular order, invaluable advice from some of our favorite wedding gurus:
"Before you get swept away by ideas you find in magazines, blogs, and Pinterest, talk to your guy about what makes your relationship unique. That will help you focus on creating a day that's truly meaningful to you."
—Tracy Taylor Ward, Tracy Taylor Ward Design
"There's such a big buildup toward the wedding that a lot of engaged women put crazy pressure on themselves. Instead, stop and ask yourself, 'How can I make this year as wonderful as my wedding and my future married life?' Love yourself enough to have fun!"
—Calder Clark, Calder Clark Designs
"Make decisions as a couple. It's his day, too."
—Renny Pedersen, Bliss Weddings & Events
"Be nice to everyone! Nice goes a long way in an industry where people are constantly abused. When you get demanding and bitchy, you will get service—but you may not get impeccable service. Be courteous and thank people for their time and you will get a whole lot further with your vendors."
—Alison Hotchkiss, Alison Events
"These days, there are too many options. Brides suffer from what I call 'analysis paralysis'—they drive themselves crazy researching the best option and the best deal. It's OK to make a decision and not look back. It will keep you sane."
—Annie Lee, Daughter of Design
"If your vendors are giving you options that don't resonate, run the other way. Don't hire anyone until you find someone who really channels your vision."
—Jung Lee, Fête
"Plenty of people are going to have ideas for your wedding—what kind of ceremony to have, which kind of band to hire, what kind of cake to get. Take it in stride, then do what you want."
—Yifat Oren, Yifat Oren & Associates
"Make a pledge with your fiancé to only talk about the wedding at a certain time each weekend—not every time you sit down for dinner or relax on the couch. You need to spend time nurturing your relationship, too."
—Loulie Walker, Loulie Walker Events