Celebrate Good Times
The holidays are over and you may be seeing an increase in blingy photos on your social media accounts with the uptick of engagements. Whether you're well-beyond the season of life where your peers are getting engaged and married or squarely in the thick of it, it can be helpful to have some pointers on how to celebrate the soon-to-be-wed among you.
A quick written note of congratulations is even more meaningful in the age of text and instagram post updates. Big life changes deserve a little thoughtfulness and a simple written message is a great way to rejoice with a friend on her big life news.
Engagement can be a joyful and overwhelming time of life for many, so here are a few things you might want to include in a note:
1. Offers to Help
Are a whiz at spreadsheets? Are you willing to host a shower? Do you have excellent penmanship for addressing envelopes or thank you notes? Piping in with some concrete, practical help can be such a gift in a time where to-dos often outweigh time.
2. Words of Advice
Are you married? Can you remember some of the best things you did for yourself and relationships when in the season of engagement? What are some helpful conversations you and your fiance had in the in-between time before your wedding? What are some things you wish you'd known as you began to navigate the wedding planning process? What are some of the best/worst things you included on your wedding registry? Share some simple advice on how your friend might cherish and get the most out of this short time of life.
If you've had the opportunity to meet your friend's significant other and have enjoyed the chance to get to know him, share that! For example: Sally, it was such a joy to get a chance to spend some time with you and John over the holidays. I loved the chance to see what a great listener he is. I got a real sense of how attentive he is and how respectfully he considers you and your thoughts. What a gift!
4. A Small Treat
If you read this post, I shared some of my favorite small congratulations gifts for brides-to-be. Ring boxes or dishes are a favorite of mine, but other ideas include a fancy chocolate bar, a mini bottle of champagne, a sheet mask, or a fun bottle of nail polish. These little indulgences are inexpensive and yet, meaningful ways to acknowledge this special time in the life of your friend.