WEDDING ETIQUETTE SERIES
Mr Burch Formal Wear wants to be your partner for you big day and help make your event special. Please join us as we explore the world of wedding etiquette. There is so much to consider from the engagement to the honeymoon, we’re going to take a close look at each step in this on-going series.
Celebrating The Engagement
Announcing the news
It’s important to consider strategy when announcing your big news. If either of you have children already, they should be the first to know. It might also be a good idea to tell the kids without your future spouse so they can have a chance to react privately with you first. For the rest of the family, timing is key. You might announce the news at a family party so you can let everyone know at the same time. If the spotlight isn’t your style, then your closest family should hear the news first. Ask them to keep it to themselves for a few days. Others may be hurt if they hear the news from someone else.
Selecting a date and guests
Parents of the bride, then groom are usually the first to be given the option of hosting an engagement party. Normally, both don’t unless they live very far from each other. The idea is that the party happens closer to the engagement than to the wedding. Everyone invited to any pre-wedding celebration like a shower, engagement or bachelorette party, must also be invited to the wedding. Choose wisely. You can always invite more people to the wedding.
Having a great time
Engagement parties are one of the few events the couple doesn’t have a common American tradition to look to. They are common in some places, and unheard of in others. The good news is you have the chance to create your own style of event that will be meaningful to you. Many different styles and settings are acceptable for an engagement party like a catered dinner, casual brunch, or picnic in the park. Just choose the type of celebration you’d most enjoy. The party itself has no requirements. However, an announcement and toast are usually given by the father of the bride. Guests may or may not bring presents. If you’re unsure, check with your host. Engagement gifts are usually small, like two champagne flutes and a bottle of champagne. The goal is to celebrate your joy with a party that reflects your style.
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