I’ve received a lot of really good feedback about the wedding posts I’ve done so far, so here we are with another Wedding Wednesday post….
Missed our Proposal? Read that post here
Yipppee, you’re engaged! This next year (or so) will bring so much joy and excitement to both you and your significant other, as well as all of your loved ones. Now that you’re over the beautiful surprise and have announced the good news to your friends and family (and changed that Facebook book status of course); you can begin all the fun stuff, and get that Pinterest board working overtime. Like many brides to be; you’ve probably got quite a strong idea of what you want your big day to look like, or maybe it’s a particular color or flower that you have in mind, and need to work out the details. There’s no time like the present to begin collating your ideas together, and creating an online, or physical, scrapbook so that you can reference something visual throughout your planning process.
Although you have probably had a vision of what you want your wedding to be like for years, it’s also important to involve your future spouse as much as possible regarding the themes and ideas for your wedding. Trust me, I know this can sometimes get to be a bit of a headache, especially if the two of you have different tastes, but it’s important to remember that you want it to be a representation of you as a couple and reflect both of your tastes in some way.
You don’t need to wait for your wedding to arrive to enjoy your style and taste in design; express your ideas from the get-go so that people will get a sense of what to expect as they witness your nuptials. Remember, it’s crucial that you have as much fun throughout this process as you can; you don’t want to look back and regret not enjoying the little things.
It can be easy to get tired and stressed as you plan for your wedding; however, your fiance and loved ones are there to help you enjoy this celebration, so make sure that you are open and honest with them about what you do and don’t like and that you call on them whenever you need to. You’ll be able to make some beautiful memories, and trust me, once it’s over you’ll be wishing you could do it all again!
The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for brides who want to get their personality and style across as soon as the engagement has been announced, and plans to relish every step of the planning process.
An Engagement Celebration
Whether your fiance throws you a surprise party right after the proposal, or you plan it together, the engagement party is a great way to kick off the wedding festivities and allows your future bridal party to mingle before the wedding obligations really begin.
An engagement party is an ideal way to enjoy your new status, ensure the wedding guests will have met before, and get to grips with planning an event. The party will also be a positive way to see what does and doesn’t work within your ideal event, and you can decide to use companies and wedding-related businesses again for your big day, or if you need find new ones. Some ideas will seem great in your head regarding themes and party ideas, but if they don’t work out as well on the night of your engagement party; you’ll know not to include them in your wedding day plans.
Letting People Know
Your chosen venue will say a lot about your style as a couple and the sort of vibe that your wedding will have; once you’ve booked where you’re going to get married, you can begin planning the characterful touches. Firstly; you’ll need to send out your save the dates and/or invitations, which should have all the relevant information on them and give a clue as to what your guests can expect. Companies like Paper Themes can help you find something that’s just right for your big day, and it’s worth thinking about all of your customizable elements. Take into consideration your color scheme, if there’s a particular era you both favor and the venue where you’ll get hitched. Sending out the word about your special day is the first step in building excitement with those you love and creating your perfect wedding, full of the happy couple’s personality.
Alongside traditional invites; many couples are choosing to utilize a wedding website (check out ours HERE) to update their guests on the plans and what will be happening on the day. People will be able to log on with a password and see where they’re heading to celebrate your union, what they might wear regarding the weather, and whether or not to take their dancing shoes.
It will be a chance to express your ideas further in the beginning, and you’ll have something to look back on after the wedding has finished. In addition, if you’re planning on providing some sort of transportation to and from the venue for guests, this is a great way to communicate those details without having to reach out to each individual person.
Most importantly, remember that you don’t need to do things in the run-up to your wedding just because everyone else has; your special day is about you and your partner, so do whatever makes you both happy AND what you both can AFFORD. The last thing you want to do is run yourself into major debt going into your marriage, just to show off a big wedding. Work within the confines of your own budget, no one else’s.
Next up on the Wedding Wednesday series…. Engagement Photos!!