You’re Engaged! Now What?

Engagement season is between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with most happening during the month of December. While this year was unlike any other, when it comes to couples falling in love and planning their lives together, we expect the engagement trend to continue! If this is you, Congratulations! On one hand, it is an exciting time! On the other hand, it can also be a bit overwhelming. We can help!

What to Do

There are so many decisions to make and being in the midst of a pandemic complicates things. Your first decision is how soon to tie-the-knot. Putting off the big day until it is safe to invite all 100+ of your besties gives you time to plan and get everything just the way you’ve always dreamt it would be. But, if waiting isn’t your thing, you can still go forward with a micro-wedding. Or, have the best of both worlds by having two ceremonies: an intimate one now, and a big celebration in the future.

Technology has helped us stay connected, even as we socially distance. Live streaming your ceremony lets your loved ones participate, even if they aren’t at the same location. This gives you much more flexibility. To proceed, all that is needed is you, your beloved and your officiant. Keeping the group small is a must, but you can still make it work if your children or parents join in.

So, with these decisions out of the way, the rest falls into place. Find your perfect officiant on The professional JPs (and notaries in Maine and Florida) are knowledgeable about many venues in the area. Especially now, their familiarity with semi-outdoor and outdoor locations for your nuptials will prove beneficial. Likewise, they are experienced to practice COVID protocols, which will give you confidence that everyone will be safe. Ask your officiant what services they offer to help you achieve your vision.


Next, think about the words you’ll say, and if the ceremony will be in the winter, be prepared for the elements. Take one step at a time so you don’t get frazzled. No matter how you decide to proceed, enjoy your engagement. The steps you take to plan your wedding day should make you happy.  Have fun!

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Loretta Jay is the Managing Member of the Justice of the Peace Association. This is the membership organization for professional marriage officiants. All officiants’ profiles are searchable at, the place where Couples who Click can find their perfect JP. 

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