the part about holiday weekends - too funny and I agree completely!
If your friends will make a big stink since they can't sacrifice a vacation day, then they are not your friends. Maybe you are not a good friend either since you complain so much about it. Just a thought. But then, that is New York.
What a romantic way to propose... she seems a lucky gal! A moratorium on planning is a terrific idea, you gave yourselves some time just to enjoy the fact that you are engaged, Wonderful. Good luck to you and she!