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7 Engagement Party Decisions to Make Before Sending Your Invites

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Congratulations! You and your soon-to-be-forever partner are officially engaged. Your friends and family members are sitting on the edge of their seats, ready to toast you both — so it’s time to plan an engagement party and revel in the good news.

Engagement parties are a fun way to celebrate your engagement (and kick off wedding planning season, of course). These days, engagement parties come in all forms — from an all-welcome gathering at the local brewery to a surprise soiree at the nicest restaurant in town or an intimate house party with your closest friends. The beauty of this party is it can be as over-the-top or as stylishly simple as you wish.

Still, there are some decisions to be made before you can even think about sending your engagement invitations. Below, we walk you through how to plan your first (of many!) pre-wedding celebrations.
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Congratulations on Your Engagement: Wording and Gift Ideas for the Couple

congratulations on your engagement: happy couple

You’ve just heard the news that someone you know is engaged — how exciting! If you’re ready to share the joy with them, it’s time to think about sending a congratulations card or message.

Here’s how to wish the newly engaged couple “congratulations on your engagement” in a thoughtful way. We’ve included some sweet wording ideas along with engagement gift ideas to accompany your congratulations card. 
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12 Engagement Announcement Ideas to Share the Happy News

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The day you get engaged will be one of the happiest days of your life (next to your wedding, of course). Now that you promised forever to your partner, you can’t wait for your loved ones to know. To ensure your friends and family are just as excited as you are, we have a dozen creative engagement announcement ideas to share.

From ocean shots to shameless selfies, from photos with your fur babies to an evening with friends, these engagement ideas certainly make a statement. Below, we share a dozen creative ways to announce your happy news.
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Top Tips for Designing the Perfect Engagement Announcement

Brittany and Micheal engagement announcement

There’s nothing more exciting than sharing the news that you’re engaged. While you may feel like shouting the big news from the rooftops — or quickly posting on Instagram — it’s important to think about how you announce the happy news. Even if you’re not into traditional wedding etiquette, it’s useful to know the ins and outs of engagement announcements. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you share your engagement announcement in a way you’ll fondly remember forever.
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These Are the Most Important Questions to Ask Wedding Photographers

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It’s time to sit down and start planning out your wedding details. Booking a meeting with a wedding photographer is one of those exciting early moments that helps you bring your dream day together. 

Most couples only meet with a handful of wedding photographers before finding the perfect one. To help you navigate the process and find your own gem, here’s our list of questions to ask wedding photographers. 
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16 Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas: From Gift Boxes to Celeb Shout-Outs

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Now that your soulmate has popped the question, it’s time to make your own proposal — to your bridesmaids! Whether you’ve been friends since preschool or recently found a bestie who feels like you’ve known a lifetime, sharing your big day is special. Asking your bridesmaids to literally stand by your side shows just how important they are to you. That’s why some people choose to commemorate the milestone with a special proposal rather than just a simple phone call or text message.

Here, we’ve put together some bridesmaid proposal ideas to honor the special ladies in your life. Whether you want to give over-the-top gifts to your bridal crew or are looking for something unique and sweet for each individual friend, you’ll find an idea on this list you’ll love.

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25 Bridal Shower Gifts to Sprinkle the Guest of Honor With Love

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It’s almost time for one of the most fun moments in the pre-wedding calendar — the bridal shower! As you gather to toast the bride-to-be, you’ll likely bring along or send a thoughtful bridal shower gift. But what should you give? 

Whether you’re in the bridal party or a family friend, you’ll want to find something that’s ideal for the guest of honor. Discover the best bridal shower gifts with this guide featuring a fun and thoughtful mix of traditional and modern ideas that span themes from kitchen and home to travel and clothing. 
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Your Magic Moment: 20 Creative and Romantic Ways to Propose

romantic ways to propose: Black dog lying on the floor with a ring on his nose and letter board with proposal message beside him

Getting ready to pop the question? How exciting! However you choose to propose, it’ll be the most magical moment for the two of you. But sometimes it helps to have ideas to inspire you. To plan the perfect proposal, here are some of the most romantic ways to propose. We’ve split them into affordable and more luxe options, so you can browse to suit your budget, time, and personality.
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97 Questions to Ask Wedding Venues So You Can Plan the Perfect Day

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It’s time to start thinking about your wedding venue. How exciting! We love this part of the journey, as the perfect venue helps you tie everything together and put on a wonderful celebration. To help you make the most of your planning process, we’ve listed the most important questions to ask wedding venues. With these questions at the ready, you’re sure to secure the perfect vendors to create the wedding of your dreams.
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The Minimony: A Popular Alternative to Postponing Your Wedding

minimony: Newlywed couple dancing while surrounded by smiling guests

Recent times have shown us that even with everything booked, nothing is ever completely certain. With a lingering coronavirus pandemic and a move towards embracing change, some couples are switching from a traditional wedding ceremony to a minimony instead.

But what is a minimony? And why are they so popular? Let’s take a look at this fun new twist on a wedding ceremony.
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