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

By Katie Mercado, For The Baltimore Sun

12:44 PM EST, November 28, 2012

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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: