Post # 17
Actually, at the same office a few of us went out to a pool hall one Friday night. Another coworker brought her boyfriend and we all had fun. She got fairly drunk and we all left around 2am. Come Monday we find out they left straight from the pool hall to Vegas and got married! So yeah… I guess people do just up and do it!
Actually… my sister works at Starbucks & one day I got a text from her saying “(Cousin) and his Girlfriend are in the store with (Aunt & Uncle). I swear they’re talking about a wedding! They aren’t engaged, right?” Yup. They decided to go to the JOP with just their parents and we all found out about it after the ceremony.
Post # 18
DH and I are super private and we only shared the details with one or two close friends. If people ask, just give them very vague answers, like “Oh, we’re still looking” or “Oh, it’s going well”. If people suggest vendors or whatever, just say, “Oh thanks, we still don’t have a plan/vision yet.” It’s hard being nosy when someone is being deliberately vague.
As for a shower and a bachelorette party, you just have to put your foot down and say “No, thank you!” and be done with it. I had to repeat that a few times and in the end, people understood. If they really know what you’re like, I think they’ll understand.
Post # 19
I can definitely relate! I really wanted a private elopement, but the big family ceremony and reception is important to my fiance. The challenge is that since I’m the bride, everyone is constantly asking me about the plans, my “vision” for the wedding, etc. And while I’m certainly glad to be getting married, it’s kind of awkward to field all of the questions.
I’ve basically dealt by just shifting the attention away from the wedding stuff as much as possible by saying things like, “Oh, we’re just really enjoying being engaged right now. We’ll figure out the details later.” Or sharing just a quick detail that I’m genuinely excited about like, “We’re homebrewing a lot of beer for the big day!” and then changing the subject.
It’s tough when people are constantly asking you about the wedding when it feels like such a personal event, but I just try and keep the things that are truly important to me in mind (and know that before long we’ll be married and all of this will be done!).
Post # 20
I think we must be the same person, because my guy and I have also been together for a decade already! That’s partially why I’m dreading the onslaught…because other people have had ants in their pants for us to get engaged for years, and also I come from a huge crowd of nosy, party-happy Russians whose only concept of a wedding is a huge bash with 300 of your friends, family, and church members who will all be insulted that they were not invited to the intimate family event. LOL. Thanks for your input!!
Post # 21
On the other side, you could have my experience — barely anyone has asked me anything about the wedding. Aside from my mom (who is also doing about 15% of the planning, so she has to ask!), sister and closest friend, people have either assumed a congratulatory, non-inquisitive stance or have asked 1-3 polite, noninvasive questions.
I don’t have a lot to share (small wedding with little elaborate planning), so it’s been great.
Post # 22
OP you are a woman after my own heart! 🙂
Post # 23
I’m a fairly private person, so I can totally relate. I did have to deal with a bombardment of questions on FB once the news broke, but for the most part I ignored it or played it off. I waited until the rush of comments was over, and then posted something general like, “Thank you for all of the congratulations and well wishes! We’re very excited. So far, we’re still enjoying the engagement and haven’t started planning anything.” If someone commented on FB about being invited, I either ignored it or explained in private that it’s a small family gathering.
I didn’t walk into my workplace with my ring finger out or anything, but I did oblige requests to see it. People gushed for a little bit, asked me about my plans (and I would repeat that we hadn’t started planning), and then that was that. The only thing I really said was, “Well, we’re likely going to have a very small wedding with just close family.” That way, no one really assumed they were invited.
It settles down pretty quickly. Everyone gets all excited, which for a private person is uncomfortable, but then things return to normal. I think people follow my lead, and since I don’t volunteer any information about the wedding, hardly anyone asks about it other than to ask if it’s going well or if I’m getting nervous. A couple of people ask more involved questions, but I keep it vague and simple.
Post # 24
Thank you very much, Bees, for all of your advice. I did get engaged last Sunday night, and I took all of your advice about how to handle the fuss. It died down after about four days and I did not have too many people asking questions. Thank goodness. I am doing my best to just enjoy the engagement now before delving into the planning.
I did have one person really ask about wedding planning, to which I said something vague about having a ‘small family wedding’, to which this person replied loudly “you can’t have a small wedding! everyone is going to want to be there! I’m going to help you plan it over the summer and it will be amazing!” And I was able to just be amused because I have been forewarned about all of the rude questions and comments I am potentally in for over the next few months. 🙂