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Your wedding is one of the biggest moments of your life – but that doesn’t mean the pre-wedding events aren’t important. On the contrary! These moments build up to the big moment, helping you create a sense of excitement and anticipation among your guests, so that they come to your wedding in a really good mood.

Obviously, your engagement party is one of the most important pre-wedding events – but what are some of the absolute essentials you should remember about planning such a party?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • It doesn’t have to be very big. Usually, engagement parties are consisted of the closest friends and relatives – so you really don’t have to go over the top with the list. One rule to keep in mind, however, is that those who are invited to this party should absolutely not miss from the list of guests for the wedding.
  • It can be themed. No matter what kind of event you may be planning, adding a theme to it can be a complete game changer. If you already have a wedding theme in mind, you can tie it into your engagement party theme – but this is not mandatory. You can be as formal or informal as you want with this theme (and with the party in general) – so don’t be afraid to get creative!
  • Great food is key. It really, really is. Food is a major element in every kind of event out there and your engagement party makes no exception. Keep in mind that it is very likely that your engagement party will be quite casual and intimate – so serving some hors d’oeuvres can be the best choice. Make these snacks unique, though – your guests will always love a special experience!
  • Party games can and should be included. Since this is a romantic occasion, why not take the opportunity to play some wedding-related fun games? Even basic Mad Libs with a wedding twist can be a really fun addition to your engagement party – everyone will enjoy it!

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If you have been assigned with the planning of a bridal shower, you surely want to make sure it turns out amazing- both for the bride, and for everyone else invited too.

What is the etiquette surrounding bridal showers, though? What are some of the rules you still have to follow today, in 2019?

We have some tips for you – keep reading and find out more.

  • Who throws the party? Well, most of the times, the maid of honor is tasked with this assignment – and she will most likely plan the bridal shower together with the other bridesmaids and maybe even other friends of the bride. Whatever you do though, don’t leave this in the hands of the bride – not only does she have a lot of things to handle for the Big Day, but it is considered rude for a bride to plan her bridal shower (because some people might perceive it as a way for her to ask for gifts).
  • Who pays for the party? Well, whoever hosts the party pays for it as well. It is not uncommon, however, that multiple people participate in the paying of the bridal shower – e.g. all the bridesmaids, the bride’s mother, and so on.
  • How large should it be? Not very large. In fact, the bridal shower is considered to be an intimate event, and the focus should obviously lie on the bride. Therefore, the guest list should only include close relatives and friends. And yes, you can totally invite men as well, especially if they are close to the bride. You might want to skip children from the invitation list, however, if you want to make sure the bride and her friends will actually have time to enjoy themselves without worrying the little ones might get in trouble.
  • Should there be a theme and a dress code? Well, yes, especially if you want this to be a very special bridal shower. It doesn’t have to be something really fancy – you can just ask people to dress in pastel colors, for example.

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Your wedding invitations are very important – not because a piece of paper will make or break your wedding, but because they are the first glimpse your guests will get into your wedding. Therefore, you want to impress them and make them actually want to come and party for your love story.

What are some of the essential tips you should keep in mind when it comes to wedding invitation etiquette, though? Read on and find out more!

  • Yes, it is perfectly acceptable and actually recommended to include a map, GPS locations, and other instructions to help your guests find the venue. Sprinkle your map with interesting attractions and restaurants your guests might want to check out (when the wedding is not happening, of course) – people will love that!
  • You can and should include a wedding website card too. This little enclosure can save you from so much trouble! Not only will you be able to publish any wedding-related news there, but you will be able to announce the hotel reservations, post pictures from the “making of” the wedding and, yes, you will be able to lead guests towards your wedding registry as well.
  • NO, you cannot include wedding registry info on any of the invitation enclosures. This is considered to be bad manners and it should definitely be avoided at all times. It’s much better to do this only on the wedding website and/or by word of mouth.
  • DO include RSVP cards and DO make sure you make them clear. For instance, if children are not invited to the wedding, you can clearly specify Mr. and Mrs. on the RSVPs (instead of “and family”). Also, if you see guests are not sending back their RSVPs by the deadline, it is quite OK to call them and ask them if they will be able to make it to the wedding. It is understandable if some of them can’t make it, but even so, you need to collect a final head count – so yes, they will definitely understand why you need to call them.

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You might feel tempted to forget about the rehearsal dinner or plan something that is not very exciting, but that’s not always the best idea.

In fact, the rehearsal dinner is much more important than many give it credit for. This pre-wedding event will bring your closest friends and relatives together and it will help them bond before the Big Day, so that they can feel better on the actual wedding day (and so that they can work better together and help you create the dream wedding you want so much).

How to make sure your rehearsal dinner is lovely? Here are some tips for you to keep in mind:

  • It starts with the guest list. You don’t have to go over the top here – in 99% of the cases only the wedding party and the very close family is invited. Or, better said, the most important VIPS of the Big Day get to be invited to the rehearsal dinner (because, well, they need to rehearse). If you have out of town guests who might be in town already, invite them as well – it’s a nice gesture for them, given that they have gone a long way to be present on your special day.
  • Location, food, drinks, décor… yes, you need to handle these as well. The best part about it is that things can be really casual – a backyard garden dinner filled with comfort foods, two or three types of drinks, and simple, but pretty décor. If you want to, pick a theme for this party as well – it will help you bring everything together in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing way. As for music, stick to energizing and positive songs – but not necessarily the kind that invite people to the dance floor.
  • Stick to the early version. Not only will you save more money by being an early bird and starting your rehearsal dinner at 5 pm, but it will also allow you with plenty of time to tuck yourself into bed early. You need plenty of rest before the Big Day – so why not wrap it all up before 10 and retreat for a night full of rest (or, well, nervousness)?

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Weddings are quite expensive – so it’s understandable why many couples want to save as much money as possible.

Is that possible without sacrificing the beauty and the dreaminess of your Big Day, though?

Well, yes, you can actually have a gorgeous wedding when running on a small budget too – it’s all in the details.

For instance, if you swap certain elements of your wedding with others that are less costly, you can save quite a lot of money. Here are some examples:

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  • Don’t buy a dress made for you. Wedding dresses can be really pricy, and if you order one that was made especially for you, the price can grow even more. Sample sales and gently worn gowns are an excellent option for those of you who want to wear a beautiful designer gown without breaking the bank.
  • Don’t buy new accessories. The jewelry, the shoes, the veil – they can all add up to the price you pay for the bridal look. Why not swap them with something that’s much less expensive and a lot more sentimental, like heirloom accessories (e.g. the veil your mother wore on her wedding day and the earrings your grandma wore on her wedding day)? It’s such a nice way to honor your loved ones and bring them even closer to you on a very special moment in your life!
  • Individual wedding menus and day-of stationery. OK, etiquette dictates that it isn’t a good idea to send out online invitations to your wedding (you can, however, send them for the pre-wedding events such as the bridal shower, for example). But when it comes to day-of stationery, you have a lot more freedom – so why spend a small fortune on individual wedding menus when you can create table signs for each of these categories? Not only will this look more interesting (a menu written on a chalkboard, for example), but it will also save you important sums of money.
  • Table décor for the wedding reception. Sure, you may not want to leave your tables bare, but why not repurpose the ceremony florals to use them on the wedding tables, for example? For instance, the garlands used to decorate the aisles can then be placed on the tables as floral table runner – they look fantastic, they are trendy, they save you money, and they are friendlier with the environment too!

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