Surviving the holidays if you're a bride-to-be

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November 28, 2012|By Katie Mercado, For The Baltimore Sun

The holidays are an exciting but sometimes stressful time, especially as a bride-to-be. Not only are you dealing with the stresses of holiday shopping, but you also have to keep an extra eye on your budget, watch what you eat and juggle your family and your fiancé's family -- all while trying to be joyful and bright!

 You're right, that doesn't sound easy at all. But it can be.

 I’ve noticed a lot of brides are always SO overwhelmed and they often forget that being engaged is an exciting time that was never meant to be stressful. Being engaged is like a stage in life all to itself. First you're single, then you're dating, then you're engaged. After that you get married, have babies, etc. So for the past 13 months (and for the next six to come) I've committed to enjoying this stage and not wishing it would be over. Yes, even during the holidays!

If you're a bride-to-be, now or five years from now, don't take the holidays for granted and just remember:


  • New family means more love. They may be crazy, different and quirky but they're YOUR family now, so embrace the crazy and remember how lucky you are to have more people on your side.
  • The holidays aren't about gifts so don't let a tighter budget because of wedding planning make you a Scrooge! Giving gifts with meaning are more important than anything a whole bunch of money can buy. And the people you are buying gifts for are the ones who will understand the most that you need to be more conservative during this time!
  • All the treats and deliciousness don't have to be a challenge, even when you have a dress to fit in to (trust me, that's saying a lot coming from me). Let yourself indulge a little. Keyword –- a little! It will go a long way and you'll still be on track for the big day. My family had nachos for Thanksgiving and believe me, I indulged…a little.

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