When he loves you and offers to put a ring on your relationship for once and for all, there are certain steps that are taken and here are tips on how to achieve the best experience from saying “Yes” to proposal and “I do” at the altar.
- Romantic proposal
Every lady dreams of that moment when you look all glam’d up, him looking dashing and on one bended knee, pops the question “Will you marry me” in front of your family and friends or not. Well, not all marriage proposals are like that or excitingly romantic but what matters most is at that moment you feel like you’re in a bubble of your own Disney fairytale. Engaging and planning a romantic wedding proposal is the sweetest way to take a step in forever with your partner. As a man, if you don’t have a clue on what to do, you can engage someone to help achieve the ideal setting for your wedding proposal.
- Social Media Announcement and Ring Showing
After the proposal comes the announcement to friends and family. It’s best for friends of the couple who already know to keep the excitement to themselves and let the couple do the honour of breaking the news on social media first or seek their approval because for one reason or the other, they might want to keep it low first – maybe haven’t told those closest to them first, like parents and family members, and probably there’s a likelihood of tension from family about the engagement or rather, some friends are top priority to be told before the world (you wouldn’t want them reading it off your twitter or instagram page).
Your family and friends expect to get a glimpse of the ring alongside the announcement, so show a picture of that cute finger with a ring on it (best to have your fingers manicured and looking lovely). No need for details of what diamonds, carat or price of the ring- we don’t care (that’s the world’s thinking) – no bragging rights.
- Bridesmaids selection and wedding planner
Your big day involves good planning and checklist. You might think you’ve got the major things covered or the money to spend, you’ll be amazed at how the little things can ruin your day. Look within your circle of friends and choose the bridesmaid and maid of honour whom you’re sure will be dedicated and actively involved in making your big day fun. If you’re not considering covering your bridesmaids attire (which is the way it’s done and cuts down budget), ensure your girls are capable of covering their expenses, you wouldn’t want some complains, delays and last minute opting out, would you? As planning a wedding is a big deal and can be stressful, it wouldn’t be good for a bride to stress herself before her big day. Doing all the work yourself will make you miss out on things before the wedding and the stress will spoil your radiance for the day, it’s not wrong to ask for some help. Hiring a professional wedding planner is the best because they’ve got the ideas and expertise in such planning, they’ll pull the stress of planning off you as they have contacts of caterers, photographers, florist and the rest and even get you amazing venues at a discount to make your day wonderful, also with helpful tips (like back up plans) and advices – it’s your first time and you certainly wouldn’t know about the making of a perfect wedding.
- Dress shopping and Appointments
Shopping for a wedding dress is a huge and vital task since it can take months of series of searching, appointments -can be dress, hair, makeover- try-on’s, fittings and fittings and fittings. So, immediately after the engagement, start planning and shopping for that precious dress you have in mind (which you’ve probably dreamt of or drawn in a book since childhood). When shopping for a wedding gown, it’s best to keep your mind open to dresses offered by the stylist as they might beat your imagination to be fit and perfect – but also be clear and firm on the type of dress you want because it’s that one in a lifetime dress. It’s usual to go on such shopping with family and friends churning out their views, suggestions, yeahs and nahs which can leave a bride distressed; so it’s advisable to limit the numbers of people you take on such dress search. Pick friends or family who’s opinions are valuable to you as it will be easy to agree on something. If you’re considering a Couture, it’s best you plan months ahead because it takes longer time like 6months and above to make your dress along also with series of fittings appointments. Also, never worry about a dress size being too big for you when you shop in a store, it’s gonna fit during fittings. You might want to consider looking trim and fit for your day by putting yourself on a diet if necessary- in the situation where your dress is made or ready for you. This preparedness applies to the groom also, that tux needs to be right on time.
- Pre-wedding photoshoot and Hashtag
Pre-wedding photo shoots and wedding hashtags is the thing now! Couples add it to their list of planning and budget. It’s like an introduction coupled with an Hashtag telling people to look forward to their wedding. The best photo shoots involves the artistry of skilled photographers, make up artists, outfits, location and a theme showing how perfect together they are. The wedding hashtags are coined from syllabic parts or full names of the couple and this is to be used on all social media posts of the couple from the planning to the wedding day. It helps the couple in gathering all the wedding pictures and posts in one place. The hashtag also creates a likely trend for the couple.
Wedding invitations is an integral part of a wedding (I mean you can’t attend your wedding alone, can you?). Therefore making a properly detailed wedding invitation and sending them out early is proper because the invitees have to prepare and make time out for your wedding. Nowadays, there are new ways to wedding invitations like electronic invitations rather than the paper method (which we believe it’s best became of its personal touch). The invites can be for your wedding or engagement dinner/lunch or even an invitation to save the date, either ways you should ensure to make your invitations catchy, well written and detailed.
- Wedding Party, Pictures and Social media updates
A wedding party at the reception is the fun part in a wedding as the guests get to enjoy themselves to good food and entertainment. Apart from bands and performers, it’s also been the trend for the newly weds to entertain guest with a rehearsed pop dance, theme grand entrance or some bride and bridesmaids -funky-girl group- dance. For a memorable wedding, there must be a professional photographer involved who will capture every moment without a miss, hiring a well qualified photographer who knows how to capture the right moments saves you the worry of trying to look good for the camera at every moment while you have fun. During your wedding, you might consider dedicating one of your bridesmaids or friends with the duty of being your social media personnel of the day. Such person has the task of updating your instagram, snapchat, twitter (whatever platform it is) with wedding pictures and videos in a way as if people who aren’t there aren’t missing a thing. Such posts should go with your wedding hashtag, same for your pictures and encourage guests to post pictures or snaps of them at the wedding with your hashtag- you wouldn’t want to miss a thing about your day.
If all of these seems like a big task for you, don’t be scared, just ask for help and hire the best to ensure everything and almost nothing goes wrong.