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Andrew McCaul

Losing That Newly Engaged Glow? Here's What to Do

You got engaged, updated your status, celebrated with friends and coworkers, and couldn't be more excited. Then reality hits: You're going to have to plan a wedding. Family starts asking for a wedding date, and you start to learn that planning your dream wedding might require more hours in the day than you have. That's when that newly engaged glow starts to fade. But here's the truth: You're not alone. So how do you keep from falling into a post-engaged rut? Read on.

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Get organized.

Maybe one of the reasons you're feeling the way you do is because you're overwhelmed. The best way to counter those feelings is to get organized. Start your online wedding planner and checklist, and put key dates on your calendar (you should've found your wedding dress by eight months out, for example). Aim to cross off items from your checklist every weekend, and then a few times per week as the date gets closer.

> Your first 10 to-dos
> Your wedding planning checklist

Start a beauty routine.

We know you can't stop staring at your ring, so you might as well have a pretty nail polish to go along with it! Grab your best friend and plan a manicure and brunch for Saturday, or pop by the nail salon on your way home from work tonight to get that glow back. Also, now is the perfect time to start a fitness and beauty regimen for the wedding. Think: bridal boot camp, teeth whitening, haircuts and color, and facials.

> Head-to-toe bridal beauty prep guide

Sign up for a registry event.

Staying motivated and excited about being engaged is all about doing the things that make you feel engaged. So find out whether there are any Macy's Sip & Scan events or Crate & Barrel brunches going on in the area and make a date with your fiance. Trust us, they're fun and often involve free food and drinks. Besides, this is your chance to actually go on a shopping spree. Before you go, take inventory of what you think you'll need and use our checklist.

> Find places to register here
> Ultimate registry checklist

Watch a wedding movie!

It might sound silly, but watching a classic -- or even a cheesy, eye-rollingly romantic wedding show -- might give you that engaged glow back. So load up the Netflix with some classic wedding movies, or shamelessly set the DVR for TLC's Bride Day.

> Our favorite wedding movie moments of all time
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Talk with other brides like you.

Share your excitement, panic and most burning questions with a group of to-be brides just like you. There are a ton of forums on TheKnot.com dedicated to just about every topic -- from proposal stories to planning and etiquette questions and everything in between. There are also city-by-city boards (to help you find the perfect florist and get vendor suggestions) and wedding month boards (to connect you to brides who are working through the very same checklist items you are).

> Check out TheKnot.com forums