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Before Your Wedding

Congratulations — You’re Engaged!

More than just a countdown to your Wedding Day, your engagement is a very important and special time for planning and discovery. The first thing you may want to do is shout it to the world and there are several great ways to do it! First, though, you’ll want to break the news to the most important people in your life:

  • Children – If you have children from a previous marriage, it’s important to let them know that they aren’t losing a parent, they’re gaining an extra person to love them.
  • Parents – Traditionally, the brides parents are first. In person is best, but if that isn’t possible a phone call is acceptable. Just make sure you are both there to share your good news.
  • Siblings, Grandparents, other Favorite Relatives, and Close Friends – Although phone calls are fine, either a planned celebration or an impromptu get-together is a fun way to announce your engagement to your inner circle. An engagement party is also a good place to begin forming your wedding party.

Going Public

Facebook Announcements

Facebook announcements are a great way to spread the word of your engagement. Check with your local paper to see if they have specific guidelines for announcements. Ask their policies on fees, guidelines, deadlines, and content (such as do they allow colour photos and what is their return policy for photos).

Formal Announcements

Use formal announcements to announce your engagement to distant friends and relatives. Just be sure to send announcements only to those who will be on your wedding guest list as well. If you have set a wedding date include it, but be sure to make it clear that it is an engagement announcement and not a wedding invitation.

Wedding Websites (also known as wedsites)

A wedding website is a superb way to keep everyone up to date on your wedding plans. Besides free blogging platforms, many wedding planner sites and bridal registry sites offer free and easy ways to set up a wedding website. Use Wedding House Directory to find them!

Private Moments

Planning a wedding can keep you busy, but be sure to set aside some private time, too. While an engagement is the time to plan a perfect wedding, it’s also a time of discovery and a time to begin planning your marriage.

Spend some time exploring each other’s hopes and dreams, plans and goals for your future together. What are your expectations? Will you purchase a home? Will you have children? How many? What are his career goals and what are hers?

Relax and enjoy each other’s company. Indulge yourselves in a late dinner for two, a night at a club, a quiet picnic, a walk in the park. Begin building the beautiful memories that will last throughout your life together.

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