Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Engagement Parties!

I love the idea of Engagement parties (well of course, I love parties...)! Why not start the engagement off with a bang?? Everyone is so happy about the upcoming wedding celebration, so its a great way to get the families and friends together to get the party going!

One of my Brides sent me pictures from her Engagement party, which was held at The Wine Loft...a great place for a party like this. They had a "wine" theme-- and of course, the bride to be wore white!

They also had a great idea....they had all their guests sign a plate, instead of a guest book! What a great thing to have for future entertaining in their home!

Engagement parties can vary, but my opinion is that they should be more of a cocktail party and hors d'oeuvres menu. A large place to hold a good amount of people is probably best, since you will be combining both families and all your friends. Usually engagement parties are held at the beginning of your engagement, but depending on the length, they can be held closer to time when other parties and showers begin to kick-off the celebration!

Just remember these few rules of etiquette:
1. Only invite people that you will for SURE be inviting to the wedding, but you don't have to include everyone. Usually an engagement party will be a more intimate affair, with just families from both sides and close friends.
2. Usually gifts are not required. Save the gift-giving for themed showers or bridal teas. (If someone does bring a gift- make sure you say thank you, and then put them somewhere where other guests cannot see, so that they don't feel pressured to have a gift as well.)
3. Make sure you, the bride and groom, acknowledge every guest at the party. They are there to honor you and you should definitely thank them for coming.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010...Look Out, 'Cause Here I Come!

WOW. This year is off to an AMAZING start and I cannot be more thankful. I have been truly blessed by every opportunity that has come my way in the past month and so EXCITED about each one of my weddings and parties!
I have been so busy that I have totally neglected my blog...I mean, one person can't do it ALL right? HA! But hopefully, I will make better use of my time in the upcoming months to keep everyone updated on my new ventures!

I am putting a LOT of my efforts into marketing right now, which I am so excited about. I CANNOT wait to show everyone what I have been working on! I wish I could tell you everything right now, but I'm not!! BUT I am going to give y'all a sneak peak of my ad that is in the upcoming Perfect Wedding Guide....LOVE IT!
This edition of the magazine will be launched at the PWG Bridal Market at the end of the month. I have also been working non-stop on getting everything ready for my booth at the show, as well. I can't wait for everyone to see! I've got some great people helping me get everything together!!!

I am just so thankful for how the Lord has blessed me already this year, and looking forward to what is to come. Thank you to all my friends, family, and clients--your support is truly appreciated.