5 Important Steps to Planning your Engagement Party

That glorious new ring on your finger means you’ve officially entered the wedding events planning stages. The very first event is your engagement party, and we’ve got the top 5 things you need to know for your post-proposal soiree. 

  1. Determine if you will host, or have someone else host it. Traditionally, it was the bride’s parents who hosted, but nowadays anything goes. 
  2. Determine the budget. Whether it’s a hall, a restaurant, club, library, backyard or park, understanding what you (or your host) will be spending is an important consideration. It will also help you determine how many guests you can invite.
  3. Determine a gift strategy. While gifts aren’t necessary, some people won’t know whether they should be bringing something or not. Be clear on the invitations, and if people insist, consider a donation to a charity or use this time to set up your bridal registry early.
  4. Set a date. If you have a long engagement, you may want to set your date months into the future. But if you can’t wait and want to share your joy with everyone right away, set it a few weeks into the future. Give yourself a little time for planning.
  5. Book an engagement photography shoot. Fab photos make great announcement cards as well as save-the-date cards. 
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Choosing your Bridesmaid Gifts

Your bridesmaids are an important part of your wedding. They’re your people, the closest of the close, the inner circle, the BFF squad. Not only do they stand with you on one of the most important days of your life, but they also invest a great deal of time, money and effort into making sure your day is the best day that it can be. 

Getting them a gift is non-negotiable. Budget this in at the beginning. It’s important, and shouldn’t be an afterthought. When it comes to picking out gifts for them, there are two ways to go about it. The first, is that each girl gets the same gift. Jewelry and/or handbags are quite common. 

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This is a great idea for a group that is super close. Having something that is the same (with minor variances) will make them feel forever part of the tribe. If this sounds like your “I do” crew, consider splurging for something a little more personal and a lot more permanent. Your sisters are forever, right? They are the anchors that keep you grounded. Together you have unbreakable hearts. (Or something like that.)

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The second school of thought is to shop for each one like it’s their birthday. This allows you to be sentimental and choose something personal and appropriate for each girl. 

Whatever you choose, don’t cheap out. You don’t have to spend as much as they did on their dresses, but make sure that you put thought and effort into their gifts. And don’t forget the card. A personal note to each girl acknowledging what they mean to you individually is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Write brilliant prose and make those girls cry big ugly tears!

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Wedding Party poses with Adoptable Pups for Wedding Photos

Matt and Sarah Cain are animal lovers. For their big day photo shoot a few weeks ago, they decided to work with the non-profit animal rescue where the bride works to include adoptable pups in their photos and then let the naturally adorable chaos ensue. I mean, who doesn’t love puppies? Of course the photos went viral.

The wedding took place at Moonstone Manor in Pennsylvania and included a litter of eight-week old boxer-coonhound sisters. It’s all pure puppy bliss.

Check out the rest of Matt and Sarah’s wedding photos on Caroline Logan Photography.

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Hosting The Perfect Bachelorette

 

Your best friend is getting married. The big day is coming up and you want to show your friend one last night of being “single”. Here are some tips for planning a great bachelorette party. (more…)

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Being A Bridesmaid

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When you are asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend or family member’s wedding, it is an honour. However, when you joyfully agree to stand by the bride for their special day, there is a lot to consider when committing to the biggest day of your friends life. (more…)

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