Pop open the bubbly, you’re engaged to be married & it feels like you’re floating around a peachy cloud called nine!
This is an incredibly special time for you both, so cherish your engagement elation for a few weeks before diving into wedding planning mania.
In this time you can tick off your official announcement, ring shopping (if applicable) and your engagement party.
Announcing your Engagement……speakers at the ready!
Whether your engagement news has gone viral or you’ve managed to keep it under wraps, here are a few ways to make your announcement:
*Old School – why not publish your engagement news in your local newspaper under the announcements section, after all your first anniversary is paper, so you can keep this clipping and frame it for your one year anniversary, double tick!
*Go Viral –Instagram a cute couple photo fashioning the bling and stream away to your heart’s content. Warning- an inbox invasion of heart-warming congratulations is coming your way
*Surprise Engagement Party – gather your nearest & dearest, get the champagne on ice & surprise your friends & family with your announcement. Simply turn up the tunes & your surprise engagement party is well under way
PS– if both sets of parents have not met, this is a killer opportunity to check this box! There will be so much celebrating going on, that this meeting can only go one happy way
Engagement Ring Shopping Guide
Your engagement ring is a sizeable purchase and a sentiment you will cherish for a lifetime. If you’ve both decided to choose or design a ring together, then it’s time to get up to scratch on the facts.
Follow this Guide to Ring Bling – & take that important step with style, confidence & grace.
Planning your Engagement Party….
Your engagement party is a special occasion to soak up your engagement elation & share it with your favourite peeps.
Choose a setting that suits you both, & try to book your own area, or get there earlier enough to claim a dedicated space! Try to give your friends & family two weeks’ notice & take the time to share your engagement story to all. This is a small insight into being the belle of the ball for your wedding day, it’s pretty awesome.
Here are some engagement party ideas to consider:
*It’s a family affair – Picnic in the park with fun games like croquet or boules. Ask guests to bring a dish that reminds them of you two love birds
*Afternoon tea & bubbles – keep it casual at yours or your parents or you could head to the best afternoon tea spots
*Party time – Boozy Barbeque, Your favourite Gastro Pub, Themed House Party, or get dressed up & make it a posh affair, Kensington Roof Gardens dahling? For a bit of fun & post party giggles, provide paper & ask guests to complete their best advice for you, they can then pin it on you if you’re up for it!
Engagement gifts ideas………If your guests have asked you about engagement gift ideas, you could suggest a personalised wedding planning journal, a wedding cake knife set, or a special experience that the two of you could enjoy together whilst your’re saving up for the big day, like a cooking class or a wine tasting experience.
*Ask a creative friend to take lots of photos on the night & a responsible friend to keep your cards & presents in a safe place
*Add some personal bespoke décor to make your photo’s picture perfect. Get creative…you could make bunting from old photos with your boo, a ‘we’re engaged sign’, wear personalised outfits – a firm favourite & make sure theres enough bubbly for each guest to have at least one tipple on arrival
*high heels & a rocking frock at the ready, your engagement party is a once in a lifetime event, so it’s time to spruce up & have a blast!