Many couples get engaged during the holidays. What a great time to show your love and commitment to loved one.
So now that you are engaged where do you go from here? My first suggestion is to hire a wedding planner. Many planners will actually save you money in the long run. Wedding planners know the best vendors and usually work out special pricing for their customers. Also, many wedding planners offer what I call cafeteria style wedding planning. Say you only want them to help you find the caterer and manage the events on the day of the wedding or the last minute arrangements the days before the wedding so you can concentrate on yourself. Check a few out and see if you click with anyone.
This does take some stress off the planning because you can have the planner do the tasks you don't want to do or don't have time to do.
If you can treat your wedding planning like the entire experience is a party that commences with the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. Enjoy the journey just as much as the destination.