So you're getting hitched! Congratulations. Now comes all the fun stuff: the engagement party, dress shopping, wedding planning, gifts, the honeymoon and so much more. Save-the-date cards are your guests' first glimpse into what type of wedding celebration you are hosting. Whether you are planning an all-out black tie affair or a simple, low-key event, your save-the-date cards should complement your big day. These are sent both as a courtesy to your guests and as insurance that after all your careful planning, those who matter will show up to help make the most of your big day. If you choose not to send Save-the-Date announcements, plan on mailing your invitations eight weeks in advance of your wedding date.
At a loss for words? For some Save-the-Date tips and etiquette visit DearSugar! Also, the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings has a super handy dandy how-to create Save-the-Date stickers guests can just stick onto their calendar, but stay tuned because YumSugar's going to show you how to do this Sugar style.
Dauphine Press styles can be coordinated with their invitations, announcements, programs, menus, maps and more. You can start playing around with pricing and styles and receive samples. The company website is detailed, well organized and easy to navigate - though pricing is a bit hard to determine.
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Engagement Week has officially begun at Sugar Publishing! Here on FabSugar we've decided to put together a little Fab Gift Guide to offer you some creative and cool engagement presents for the blushing bride to be. Weddings should be a time for celebration, happiness and bliss - they are not intended to stress you out or (unbenounced to some) break the bank. Here are gift suggestions in three different price ranges.
This gorgeous and delicate Waterford Pressage Ring Holder, $40, is the perfect thoughtful and special engagement gift for a bride.
She isn't going to want to get grease and grime on her new bling when she's getting down and dirty, with the dishes or vacuum cleaning that is! It is also a fabulous foray into the world of china and registries to come.
For two more engagement gift ideas for the bride, read more
Here comes the bride...no wait, you have plenty of time for that! You crazy kids just got engaged! It's time to let the planning begin. I'm convinced that some couples prolong their engagement just to keep throwing parties leading up to the biggest party of all: the wedding day. Hey, I have no problem with that; party on is my mantra.
The first party for the soon-to-be-wed couple is the engagement party. This is normally thrown by one of the parents of the bride and groom, or jointly by the couples' parents. This is an intimate affair that takes place in either the parent's home or a restaurant. The glowing couple has to look their best and PartySugar has already set the mood so use that as an outfit guide. I will start you off with these Prada Camoscio Charming Slingback, $475.
Let's go Fab Finding for the perfect engagement party outfit. There are so many great dresses out there right now, so I suggest pairing these nude sandals with a smart dress - there will be family involved here so nothing too sexy - a pretty handbag or clutch, and a terrific cover up. Be sure to come back and tell me your Fab Finds are up, or just tag your Fab Finds with engagement party.
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You're engaged, and no doubt exploding with happiness, so what to do next? You got it, plan, plan, and plan!! As much as you want to shout your good news from the rooftops, sending your friends and family a save the date might be an easier way to spread the good word. After you choose the date and book the location, you're ready to have all your guests mark their calendars so they can join you on your special day. While there is no right or wrong way to send a save the date, I am here to offer some advice.
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So you're engaged! Yipeee! Congratulations. Now comes the hard part (along with everything else you have to do): finding the time to get in shape for your big day. Recently a lot of brides have been taking the guess work out of getting fit for their big day by enrolling in Basic Training for Brides.
- Doug Rice of FittobeWedLive.com has an option for bridal fitness training online if you don't live in the LA area.
- The super cool gym in NYC also offers a complete Bride to Be Program for a pretty penny.
- Lisa Reed Fitness in Arlington, VA offers Bride to be Fit personal training sessions. Visit the site for pricing and to set up appointments.
- Yvette Goree-Harris a personal trainer out of Houston, TX offers her own one on one Bridal Fitness Classes as well.
- Look for Bridal Fitness group classes, programs or personal trainers offering special rates for brides near you -- Prices and programs will vary.
Fit's Tip: Sign up for bridal basic training (or start any fitness program) at least 4-6 weeks before your planned date.
Now that it's officially wedding season there are about a gazillion anxious brides and grooms wondering how the heck they are going to pull it off in time for the big day. Whether you're an uber geek or just a geek in training, it seems the latest wedding must-have is a hip, clean and beautiful wedding website.
There's a great range here - some wedding websites chronicle the engagement through the wedding with photos, announcements and even message boards and some are simple one-pagers that announce the engagement or wedding day with few bells and whistles. While I'm far from designing a wedding website for myself, I've seen a handful of friends do it the right way, so I've put together some concise notes for all you geeky soon-to-be married folk. For my step-by-step guide to making a website, read more
Ah, the wedding registry. Some people hate it, while others love it. But one thing's for sure, nearly every couple has one. Personally I think they're fantastic. Creating a registry is probably the only socially acceptable thing you can do where you tell people exactly what you want and have them purchase it for you. And besides, the majority of newlyweds rely on them to get their home stocked with essentials.
Purchasing things off of someone's registry is usually pretty simple, however setting up your own registry can be quite daunting. So to help you maneuver you way through registry dos and don'ts, we'll spotlight each of the five traditional kitchen/dining categories (dinnerware, flatware, glassware, appliances and kitchenware) and provide a bunch of extra tips too. So be sure to check it out each day this week.
To start things off, we'll look into the world of dinnerware. To see what you should add to your list, read more
Calling all brides-to-be! Wedding season has begun on the Sugar Network and I am here to help you plan every aspect of the big day. Wow, there I go again getting super excited and jumping ahead. What happens after you've just gotten engaged? You throw an engagement party! Ok, traditionally someone else will throw the engagement party for you, but it's 2007 and if you want to host it (or are hosting one for someone you know who was recently engaged) you've come to the right place because all week I'll be planning an engagement party. I'm helping lucky reader julieulie plan her big day. She got engaged a few months ago, and plans on getting married in May of 2008. Now is a wonderful time to announce her engagement, with plenty of time to spare before sending out her save the date cards. Your engagement party should be a small intimate affair for the families to get to know each other - if they don't already. Select your guests wisely because all those who attend your engagement party will expect to (and should) be invited to your wedding. To see the easy engagement party invitations I've designed for Julie, read more
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life, a time filled with the wonder of possibility and endless joy. Engagements can be romantic, over the top, surprising, stressful, funny, and completely outlandish, but all thrilling nonetheless.
Every young girl dreams about the day her Prince Charming gets down on bended knee to ask for her hand in marriage, so even if you aren’t engaged yourself, ladies, do tell, what is your favorite proposal story?
Every day this week, in honor of Engagement Week on the Sugar Network, I'll be featuring one of my favorite great TV engagements, for better or for worse.
I thought I'd kick things off with a modern classic: when Aidan proposes to Carrie in "Just Say Yes" on the fourth season of HBO's "Sex and the City."
As the episode begins, Carrie is panicking after accidentally discovering a ring in Aidan's bag. Not only is she unsure about getting married, but she also happens to think the ring is hideous. She's only slightly relieved to learn that Miranda helped pick him it out. To relive what happens next, read more