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5 Expert Tips For Getting Engaged

From what time of day you should propose to not overthinking your engagement photos.



Don’t overthink your photos

“Feel free to laugh, move if you feel awkward and focus on the person you are on this adventure with. It sounds cliché, but have fun. Treat your session as a date. Enjoy a rare hour in your wedding planning process without a to-do list or agenda.” —Mitchell and Sancia Toth, The Toths Photo & Film


Don’t wait too long to pop the question on the proposal day

“Remember, you’re asking the person that knows you best, so there are going to be nuances to your behaviour. I’m a firm believer in proposing in the beginning [of the day]. It minimizes the kinks to your plan.” —Clarence McLeod, general manager and butler, Azuridge Estate Hotel


Write out what you want to say

“In the moment, there are so many emotions swirling in your mind and the right words can get swept up and lost. Putting your thoughts in print is the perfect insurance policy. Plus, the proposal note makes for the sweetest keepsake.” —Aimsley Leece, wedding coordinator, Julianne Young Weddings Inc.


Don’t obsess over the ring price

“Don’t focus on the price tag as much as what it represents. Get something that speaks to you. Maybe the colour of a stone reminds you of the colour of their eyes. Maybe you appreciate the symbolism of weaving two kinds of metal being about two lives becoming one. Make it about your new journey together.” —Charlotte Furneaux, design consultant, Gem by Carati


Do talk about money

“Communication is key. Be transparent about each other’s financial picture. As you get engaged, open a separate joint account to establish your combined financial history and as a place to deposit gifts from the wedding. This will serve as the nest on which you’ll build your future.” —Victor Kuntzevitsky, sr. associate, Northland Wealth Management 

This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


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