- Now that you're engaged, it's time to spread the great news. Of course, the most important people in your lives - parents, family, close friends - undoubtedly know by now, and have been rejoicing with you. But there are many others that need to be informed and there are numerous ways to do it.
First, The Guest List
Long Island wedding and event planner Elaine De Luca
of Exquisite Events says that while these days sending out printed announcements is a very formal way of communicating the engagement, it's also a time-honored tradition. I wholly agree and I think it's a lovely way for people you care about to learn about your great news - imagine their joy at opening up an engagement announcement found in the day's snail mail! However, before you rush out to the printer, create your wedding reception guest list, or a preliminary list.
The warm months ahead offer a great opportunity for a backyard engagement party such as this one catered by The Honest Man Restaurant Group.
To do it, have each of your parents and your fiancé's parents make a list of the special people they would like to invite to the wedding. Of course, you and your fiancé must do the same. Consider this initial draft your "short list." Later you can add more names to your wedding guest list, but be sure that whoever receives the engagement announcement will actually be invited to the wedding.
The Net And Social Media
Organization is key when planning your wedding and there's no better time than right now to begin. So once you have your guest list, even if it's not finalized, do utilize the internet to keep track of it. TheKnot.com is just one site of many that offers free online tools for keeping tabs of guest lists and budgets. In addition, you can create your own personal wedding website there, in which you can upload photos, post registry information, and generally keep anyone interested, in news revolving around your wedding. Of course, your engagement should be the first item to be posted! Once that's done, go ahead and announce your engagement on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, but be sure to include your personal wedding website address on the post
, so your friends and followers know to visit. De Luca also suggests notifying your local newspaper of your engagement - include a photo, the date of your engagement, your names and your parents' names. If you've set a date, add that as well.
Plan A Party
A festive seating arrangement created by The Honest Man Restaurant Group.
It's not a must, especially in today's tough economic climate, but an engagement party is a fabulous way to announce your engagement and celebrate this one-of-a-kind special occasion. If you can, do hire a wedding planner at this point, because she'll want to get to know you as a couple from the get-go, so consider the engagement party planning a dress-rehearsal of sorts for what's to come in regard to the wedding plans.
If working with a planner isn't an option, throwing an engagement party on your own doesn't have to require tons of time and energy. Consider hosting a sunset supper at a local beach or an elegant brunch in your backyard. Cater it through the Hamptons' well-known Food & Co, which specializes in traditional beach clambakes, or The Honest Man Restaurant Group, which brings the food of Nick & Toni's
, Rowdy Hall
, La Fondita
and Townline BBQ
right to your door. Let them do all the work - from set up to clean up - while you share this occasion with the special people in your lives.