You have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and have accepted the ring and proposal and now you want to shout the news of your engagement to the world. When sharing the good news, courtesy and thoughtfulness are the guide-lines to follow. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are informed about the engagement first,
and then the groom’s parents are told. Once both sets of parents have been notified, the groom’s mother is expected to contact the bride’s mother and arrange for the parents to meet. If this isn’t possible, they should keep in touch through written letters, telephone conversations, and e-mails. You can celebrate your engagement with relatives and
close friends in person, by telephone, or with a nicely written engagement announcement. Everyone will become aware of your engagement when they see the beautiful new ring. Your knight in shining armor has given you a gift of a ring as a pledge of his undying love and commitment to your future. An engagement gift to him in return is a classy and
thoughtful gesture to show him how much you love and appreciate him. Suggestions include a beautiful watch, engraved cuff links, a handsome ring for his right hand, or any-thing in gold, platinum, or silver. Consider his tastes and tailor your selections to them. It doesn’t have to be a gift of jewelry, but that is often a good place to begin. It doesn’t have to exhaust your resources either, but it does have to come from the heart.Every bride deserves the best and is looking for ways to give a personal touch and style to her wedding celebration. There is no need to have a cookie-cutter wedding when you can choose a unique reception, theme, and location and still remain within your budget. Whether planning a traditional formal, semi-formal, informal, or modern day wedding, your goal should be to have fun and personalize it. Some good examples are to in-corporate the bride and groom’s heritage into the decor, choose a historical period, a fairy-land theme, your favorite hobby, or a beach theme, include a slide show set to music with photos of you and your spouse from birth to present, write poetry or letters to each other and read them during the ceremony, or include color for a festive and memorable occasion.
Your first step in planning a successful and memorable wedding is to set a budget and the second step is to hire a wed-ding consultant. Hire your wedding expert early, even a year in advance, and when you interview a consultant, ask about experience and fees. A professional wedding planner can ensure you get the best value for your dollar and can organize your
ceremony and reception, deal with all sup-pliers, oversee your rehearsal, and solve any last-minute problems, creating that special ambiance for all of your wedding festivities.
Flowers represent the beginning of your new life together with the promise of growth in love and devotion.
A reception is the celebration of one of the most joyous moments in your life with those closest to you. Filled with tradition and symbolic foods, the reception provides family and friends the opportunity to greet you as husband and wife for the first time. To create a reception that is uniquely yours, use your imagination in choosing a location. The time of day, the location of your reception, the number of guests, and your budget determine the services you will need and the type of cuisine you serve. The wedding cake should be a glorious centerpiece to the festivities. The flavor and icing should be appropriate for the season of the year. A beautiful invitation and a heartfelt thank-you note will mirror the warmth and
happiness you feel during this special time in your life. Memories of your special day become more precious as the years pass. That is why it is crucial that a record of your wedding day be preserved by a professional photographer.
Hope these tips will guide you through the many wedding-related questions, enable you to personalize your wedding, and keep happiness and joy in the forefront.