How to feel patient about getting engaged #Relationship Advice#engagement#proposing Posted Dec 25 2020 Guest post by RamblingHen Photo from this super cute Harry Potter proposal. This may not be a popular opinion, but I feel sad when I hear how many of my friends seem to think their relationship is somehow not "valid enough" unless they are engaged or married. Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe in marriage and I would not entertain a relationship unless it was leading to marriage. But so many people seem to define their worth as a partner by their status of girlfriend-fiancee-wife. I consider myself so blessed to be with my partner, I would never think "I am just his girlfriend, therefore he does not love me enough to make me more than this." I know I am exclusively and absolutely loved, regardless of the label society is able to put onto me. My partner and I are getting married in 6 months and have everything planned and paid for, without there being a proposal… we just planned it because it made sense. A proposal is not important to me, but he quite fancies the idea, so there may still be a proposal one day. He says he might get round to it after the wedding, or the day before just to make sure, and it is a source of never-ending jokes between us. How to feel patient about getting engaged Yes, it is wonderful to plan a wedding and look forward to the future, but please do not miss the NOW! Your relationship with your partner has to be healthy in the NOW, and if you both know you are heading for marriage then great, and that is all that matters — being with the person you love, whether this is as a girlfriend, fiancee or spouse. Enjoy what you have now, don't back yourself or your partner into the wedding corner. Do not force a future to happen on your own terms! If your partner is the right person for you, trust in their love… and the future will happen naturally. Related Post Anyone else struggling with FEELING engaged while not officially engaged? My boyfriend and I frequently talk about getting married -- to the point that we have already decided on a wedding date, a venue for both ceremony and receptions, bridal… Read More Related Post I'm ready to get married… but my life situation isn't My partner's been proposing to me, almost as a game, on the semi-regular since we both realised that we were "it" for each other. I want to say yes with… Read More RamblingHen PREVIOUS Something Borrowed, Something Sanitized? NEXT Officiating weddings for friends? Don't make this easy mistake Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] There's nothing wrong with being someone's boyfriend or girlfriend. The relationship shouldn't change just because the title changes, the responsibilities remain the same. And above all, make sure you're getting married for yourself and your partner, no one else. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.