How Life Changes when you get Engaged

Our Special Projects Senior Analyst, Jamie, Talks about being Engaged

People always say things like “you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone” and unfortunately for me, that cliché has come true for my free time. As any full-time employee would probably agree, evenings and weekend time is precious. This is when you can leave behind the piles of work and overflowing email inbox to take advantage of “me time.” Whether you hit the gym, meet up with friends, or sink into that permanent indentation on your couch, these are the valuable moments you have to do whatever you want.

Last summer, my fantastic boyfriend of 4+ years proposed to me on the beach of the Exuma Island in the Bahamas. It was a whirlwind few weeks of sheer excitement, happy tears, and girly screaming. Shortly thereafter when the clouds of giddiness cleared, I realized I was not only committing to a future with my fiancé, but I was also signing up for a second job. Adios free time.

I am not one of those girls that had every last detail of their wedding day planned out by the age of 12, so I had to start from scratch. Instead of leaving work with the evening’s dinner plans in mind, now all I can think about is an expanding guest list and table linen colors. Nightly TV time and Facebook stalking has been replaced by hours of Google searches for favor bags and invitation card stocks. There are so many little tasks involved in planning the big day, so bringing in a wedding planner was a must. Luckily for me, my mom doesn’t charge much!

At the end of the day, I know it is all worth it and I cannot wait to see all of our hard work come together. As long as I get to marry my best friend (and every single thing goes off without a hitch…just kidding), then I will be a happy bride. My advice to the Bridezillas out there: start early, take it one day at a time, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.