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Just engaged…so what’s next?

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:

Engagement Announcement Ideas*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.

Engagement Party IdeasChoose 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.

Top tips:

*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!

Engagement party personal touches

A Bespoke Proposal

The marriage proposal is undeniably the one responsibility that falls to our partners. This prospect may send some of us ladies into a flurry/state of panic, but it does bring to light the pressure that most men experience when planning such a memorable moment.

Back in the day, referring to our parents, proposals tended to follow the simple approach of ‘fancy getting hitched?’ followed by a rocking bell bottom fest party.

These days it is hard not to drop a few hints or exaggerate another’s engagement story in the desperate hope you are setting the standard for your own. But is it really worth dropping that much cash for a phenomenal proposal moment?

Two possible answers here:

  1. YES- I have been waiting for this all my life and this moment will be shared for generations to come.
  2. I’m not too fussed, but it must be a special moment shared together, ie not in a public place like McDonalds or Starbucks

If your answer was no.2, then there could be some advantages like more pennies for your wedding budget, or if the shoes are a priority it will have to be a Louboutin/Blahnik investment.

One such bespoke proposal that struck me as genius is the Ultimate Bespoke Box by Anya Hindmarch that a very lucky Poppy Delevingne received from her fiancé this month.

It is an amazing trinket box that is personalised with your photos and a message to your loved one ie. Will you marry me!!!

Prices start from £895 – £2900 depending on the size of the box, but there is also this keepsake box below from £290-£330, depending on the amount of personal touches.

Little White Book heart shout out for this stunning proposal idea.

Click on the images to be re-directed to the Anya Hindmarch website.