27 November 2015
Everything Engagement: Creative To-Do’s After You Say I DO
Congratulations on your recent marriage proposal and on beginning this new adventure in your life! Engagements are a special time; lovestruck couples are eager to share their news, celebrate with friends and family and get wedding planning underway! To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of creative options and resources to make the most of your engagement and prepare you for the big day:
Set a date
One of the first major decisions after saying ‘I do’, choosing the date of your wedding requires some serious thought. Do you dream of a summer garden ceremony or wintry wedding? Will you steer away from popular occasions, birthdays, anniversaries and other momentous occasions? Are there any particular months or days that are special to you both?
The Bridal Guide: 7 Steps for Setting a Wedding Date
Praise Weddings: 58 Creative Save-the-Dates
Announce Your engagement
This is where you can start having some fun! From phone calls to traditional mailers and even social media posts, there are so many creative and unique ways to make your announcement to the world!
Praise Wedding: 15 Most Creative Engagement Announcement Photos
Brides.com: 32 Amazing Engagement Ring Selfies
Plan an engagement photo shoot
Chances are, this will be one of the only times in your life that you and your wife or husband to be will hire a professional photographer to capture your everlasting moments of love. Professional photos are great to have for a wedding program, invitations, save-the-date mailers or even wedding announcements.
Colin Cowle Weddings: The 8 Cutest Engagement Photo Ideas
Katelyn James Blog: Use the photos for this amazing engagement photo wedding guestbook
Plan a party
After an engagement announcement, there’s so much celebrating to do! From engagement parties, to bridal showers, bachelor parties or jack and jills, check out some of these great party ideas.
BuzzFeed: 30 Swoon-worthy Engagement Party Ideas
Boho Loco: 18 DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget
Pick Your wedding party
Choosing your closest friends or family members can sometimes be trickier than it sounds. Read on for some great resources and ideas around choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Huffington Post: Wedding Party Stress? Expert Tips On How To Choose Your Bridesmaids And Groomsmen
Paper and Lace: FREE Will You Be My Bridesmaid Printables Exclusive to P&L!
Aisle Perfect: 10 Pretty Perfect Will You Be My Bridesmaids Ideas
Create a custom GiftSpaces registry with items from any store or experiences!
It's best to get your gift registry set-up even before your engagement party, especially if you're hoping to crowd source for a honeymoon or big purchase. Here at GiftSpaces, we are dedicated to helping brides-to-be, new parents, honeymooners and all those celebrating life's special moments turn their visions into reality through the power of community. GiftSpaces allows users to curate one registry with anything from anywhere and have friends and family contribute financial gifts. Create your own GiftSpace registry for free here.
Gather organization tools
Unless you’re planning to keep track of all wedding inspiration and details online (see free online tools to plan your wedding) do yourself a favor and start planning with some sturdy 3-ring binders. These will be perfect to contain your collection of magazine clippings, print outs and brochures.
A Bowl Full of Lemons: Organized Wedding Planning
Start dreaming about honeymoon destinations
For many couples, budget is often the main contender ~ but with the option creating a honeymoon fund to ask guests to contribute to your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon instead of gifting common housewares, why not dream big and make memories of a lifetime?!
The Plunge: How to plan your honeymoon like a ninja
Martha Stewart: Top Tips for Choosing Where You Want to Go on Your Honeymoon
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- Alternative Gift Registry Ideas for the Modern Couple
Here at GiftSpaces, we are dedicated to helping brides-to-be, new parents, honeymooners and all those celebrating life's special moments turn their visions into reality through the power of community. GiftSpaces allows users to curate one registry with anything from anywhere and have friends and family contribute financial gifts.
Create your own GiftSpace registry for free here.