You’ve finally met “the one” and you’re ready to tie the knot. But where do you even start? Check out our guide to engagement rules you can’t ignore:
BEFORE YOU POP THE QUESTION
Your partner is basically perfect. They laugh at your jokes (even the ridiculous ones), share your Netflix addiction, and insist that you look cute first thing in the morning.
You might be ready for a spur-of-the-moment proposal, but there are some other things to consider. It’s important to have a serious talk about major life decisions at some stage: how do you both feel about having kids and buying a house? How will you deal with finances? Discussing these things before you head down the aisle could help you avoid some sticky situations in the future.
CHOOSE THE RING
Now the real fun begins! Choosing the perfect ring can be super exciting, if you know where to start your search. Some couples choose a ring together, and some prefer a little sleuthing to determine the perfect choice.
This is where expert advice can come in handy. From choosing the perfect diamond to deciding which metal and design you’d prefer, the talented team at Larsen Jewellery provides the ultimate engagement ring guide to make deciding the finer details a walk in the park.
PLAN THE PROPOSAL
The big moment is here! It’s 2017 so there are no hard and fast engagement rules, but if your partner is close with their family, it might be a really lovely gesture to ask permission for their hand in marriage. And it could earn you some brownie points with the future in-laws!
When deciding how you will propose, think about what is significant to you as a couple. There’s no point popping the question at a major sporting event if you don’t like sports, and it’s probably not the best choice to propose in front of a crowded restaurant if you are both a bit shy!
Ditch the movie clichés and dig a little deeper. Maybe you can be inspired by the location of your first kiss, a private joke that you share, or a sentimental token.
ORGANISE THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY
Phew! It all went off without a hitch so it’s time to pop some bottles and show off that new bling. Some couples like to keep their engagement party quite low-key, while others like to hit the ground running with pre-wedding hype.
These days, it’s not unheard of for couples to splurge on a massive engagement party. Before you plan anything, it’s best to have a clear idea of your wedding guest list. If you intend on on keeping your wedding intimate, your engagement party is a great way to can celebrate your pending nuptials with your extended friendship circle.
CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS
One of the most important engagement rules is to leave at least 12 months to plan your big day. This allows plenty of time to hunt for the best vendors to suit your budget.
The first priorities should be choosing the wedding date, locking down the guest list, and booking the venue for the ceremony and reception. When you are six months out from your nuptials, book the florist, photographer, DJ and celebrant. Don’t forget to organise the perfect hair and makeup artists for the bridal party!
Be courteous to your guests, and give PLENTY of notice for your wedding date. This is crucial if you’re having a destination wedding, or if you have guests travelling long distances to attend.
If possible, send out Save the Date cards 12 months prior to the big day, and the actual invites at least three months before the wedding. Be sure to include details about transportation, suggested accommodation and other information.
Another popular way to inform guests of all the ins and outs is by creating a website with everything there is to know about your big day. You can collect RSVPs, dietary restrictions, and song requests all in one spot!
CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING BANDS
It’s all systems go, so now it’s time for one of the most memorable experiences of your engagement: choosing your wedding bands. Want to make it even more special? Larsen Jewellery is the only place in Australia that allows couples to create their own wedding bands!
GET THROUGH THE BIG DAY
A wedding is surrounded by traditions, but when it comes down to it, the only thing you absolutely need to do is enjoy yourself. This is your wedding, and whether you want to include a bouquet and/or garter toss, have someone walk you down the aisle, or celebrate with a Sabrage (breaking of the top of a champagne bottle), make your wedding day your own. Focus on the special little quirks that mean the most to you and your fiancé and enjoy this start to a new chapter in your life.
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