Getting engaged is such a sweet and special
moment in your life! Of course, you will want to celebrate this major milestone
with a party that brings together smiles and tears of happiness – but how do
you plan the kind of engagement party every single guest will remember?
We have gathered some of the basic tips you
should know about this – so read on and find out more.
Make it intimate. Of course,
you are free to plan an engagement party as small or as large as you want – but
if you want your guests to feel like they are part of your story, a more
intimate engagement party is what you are looking for. Keep in mind though: if
you invite someone to the engagement party, you absolutely have to invite them
to the wedding too!
Make it special. Choosing a
theme for your engagement party is a really good idea because it will help you
create a cohesive vibe and it will help you make this party more unique than
the “standard” engagement party.
Make it fun. People love
playing party games – and since your engagement party is likely to be quite
small, you should take this opportunity and include some fun games. There are
so many sweet and humorous games you can play with your guests at your
Make it delicious. Food is
always a crucial part of every party out there – and it’s not just because good
food releases “happiness” hormones in our brains. It’s also because food tends
to bring people together, creating a sense of closeness, intimacy, and
coziness. You don’t have to serve a five course meal at your engagement party,
though – more often than not, this is the kind of event where you can “get
away” with snacks and sweet treats.
Make it yours. Don’t forget the
very essence of why this party is happening: you have just gotten engaged and
you are ready to get married to the one you love! Bring your story and your
personality in this party – authenticity will definitely make it memorable!
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Pre-wedding events are very important –
both for the bride and groom and for their closest friends and relatives, who
will get a chance to know each other better and bond.
Obviously, bridal showers make no exception
from this rule – and, like everything wedding related, they too are surrounded
by etiquette rules you should definitely follow.
What are some of the most important bridal
shower rules to follow? Read on and find out more.
The bridal shower is never
planned by the bride herself. This is considered to be quite tacky because it
is perceived as if the bride was asking for gifts. In general, the bridal
shower should be planned by the maid of honor or another close friend of the
bride – or a group of them, actually.
The bridal shower is paid by
the host(s). Whoever plans or co-plans the bridal shower should also cover for
its costs. Since you don’t want to put too much pressure on one person, you can
allow all the participants in the planning of the bridal shower to chip in and
cover the costs.
The bridal shower is generally
much smaller than the wedding. This is supposed to be an intimate event, so
it’s best if it is kept small. It can take place at home, or in any other
location and it can actually follow all the rules of a party: it can have a
theme, a color scheme, and so on.
Yes, you can ask for people to
follow a dress code. This might be important for the entire vibe of the party,
so why not? You can ask people to follow a specific color code, or you can simply
ask people to dress a certain way – especially if the bridal shower will take
place in an elegant location.
The bridal shower shouldn’t
last for more than three hours. This is the perfect timing for this kind of
gatherings – make it longer and people might start to feel bored. In the end,
this should be about celebrating the bride – and three hours is just the sweet
spot for people to have fun, have a nice bite of something, and shower the
bride with their gifts.
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planning is going to be pretty difficult – we won’t lie. However, if you
want to be prepared before you even start, do make sure you read (and apply!)
the following tips, because we have gathered the absolute essentials all brides
and grooms should know before proceeding on their wedding planning process.
Not setting any kind of wedding
budget in place is a huge mistake. Yes, we know you want to jump right into the
more interesting stuff, like the venue, or even the guest list. But before you
even talk to someone and tell them you’re having a wedding, be sure you will
have the budget to guide you through your choices.
You should definitely have a
plan B, in case it rains. You cannot control the weather, so if you want to
have an outdoor wedding (ceremony and/or reception), you should definitely have
a “dry” option available for you and for the guests. Most often, a wedding tent
or simply an indoor option will make do.
And speaking of 100% outdoor
events – they might feel very fun, and yes, they are. However, keep in mind
that they are not the cheapest ones. So, when creating the wedding budget, be
sure to be realistic about it!
Once you have a daft guest list
in place, proceed with the search for the right wedding venue. Keep in mind: it
should fit not only you personally, but it should fit the number of your guests
too. A wedding venue should not be too large because it will make it feel too
spacious and cold. Likewise, it shouldn’t be too crammed either because it will
just create an unusually party atmosphere.
Not providing guests with
enough information. Tell your guests everything about the wedding: the names of
the bride and groom, the names of the parents, how to reach the wedding venue
(GPS coordinates, indications, maps, and so on). Also, be sure to tell guests have
their accommodation options set in place as well – people will surely
appreciate it if you handled this for them!
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Your wedding ceremony might not be long –
but believe us when we say that it’s going to be one of the most magical
memories of your life. From the moment you make your first step down the aisle
to the moment you make your grand exit, showered with flower petals, every
single second of this special event will be truly amazing.
How to make sure your ceremony goes
Here are some checklist items you should
make sure not to forget about.
The officiant. This is the
person who will actually marry you, so it’s important to choose someone you
actually like and whose values are compatible with yours. It can be a religious
officiant (such as a priest or a rabbi), it can be a civil officiant, or it can
even be a good friend who has been given the right to marry couples. No matter
what you choose, be sure to have an actual discussion with this person
beforehand, so that you check their compatibility.
The marriage license. This is
probably the least romantic think you have to consider – but keep in mind that
without a marriage license, you are planning a wedding without…actual marriage.
Yes, you DO need to go through the ordeal of getting your marriage license
beforehand, so plan this (and make sure not to forget it at home!).
Choose the ushers. You need a
couple of friends to guide guests to their seats when they enter the ceremony
(especially if you are very keen on having your parents and very close
relatives stand in the front row, on the most important seats).
Create your playlist. The
wedding ceremony should be 100% musical. Most of the times, the music will be
dimmed down, so that it can only complement the magic of the moment with more
grace and beauty. But for those very special moments, such as the processional
and the recessional, you should definitely provide the DJ with your favorite
songs. This will create such a unique moment – just perfect to mirror your own
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There’s something really special about your
Big Day – it’s the magic, the love, the dreams you have for this amazing event
in your life.
Sometimes, though, no matter how much you
plan and no matter how attentive you are with every single detail, bad things
And in those situations, you want to make
sure you are fully covered and that you will not have to meet extra expenses.
What is wedding
insurance for and how will it help you make sure your finances are not
completely blown out if something bad happens?
We have some tips for you – so read on and
find out more.
Wedding insurance policies
exist to protect you in case your wedding turns out more complicated than
originally planned. For instance, if you have to cancel or postpone the event,
wedding insurance will cover this for you. Likewise, if you plan on having your
wedding in a location that is more sensitive (e.g. a museum) and someone
accidentally breaks something, wedding insurance can cover this liability for
you too. Keep in mind though: same as with all insurance, not all wedding
insurance policies are created the same – and this means that you have to make
sure you carefully read every single line in your contract (and the fine
print!) to make sure you are covered.
Some couples think wedding
insurance is just another cost they don’t have to handle. However, this is not
necessarily true. Wedding insurance can save you tons of money (if any of the
aforementioned situations appear) – and it costs so little that it would be a
real pity not to cover yourself. In fact, wedding insurance policy is said to
cost less than a third of a wedding cake – which, considering the benefits, is
really not much.
In the end, wedding insurance
is all about your stress levels and managing everything better. Knowing that
you are covered if you have to meet extra, unforeseen and unplanned for
expenses can give you the peace of mind you need to actually enjoy your
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A lot of things in your life are more
complicated when you come from a family where your parents have decided to part
ways – but that doesn’t mean you cannot all enjoy the special moments in your
For instance, if you are planning
your wedding, you will want to do everything in your power to have both
your mom and your dad there (and make sure they don’t end up fighting or
feeling awkward too).
How do you do it? What are some of the
essential tips you should know if your parents are divorced?
We have some tips for you – so read on and
find out more.
Walking down the aisle. If you
find yourself in the situation of having to pick between your father and your
stepfather to walk you down the aisle, you have several solutions. You can
either ask both of them to walk you down the aisle (e.g. both at the same time
or to have your stepfather walk you down the aisle for half of it and then have
your father do the same from there on), or you can walk down the aisle alone
(or with your mom).
The seating chart you create is
very important. If your divorced parents don’t get along very well, you might
want to consider the option of splitting them. Traditionally, the parents sit
in the front row during the ceremony, but in your case, you could seat the
parent closest to your heart in the front row and the other one in the back
(second, third, or fourth row).
If your future spouse will have
a special dance with his mom, you shouldn’t feel obliged to have the same with
your dad if you feel that you don’t get along that well. Special parent dances
are nice and sweet, but if both you and your father feel awkward about it, you
will not feel OK dancing with them during the wedding. It’s probably best for
everyone to skip this tradition altogether!
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