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Congratulations if you’re newly engaged and you’re rocking that gorgeous ring on your finger. But what next? If you’re feeling a little clueless about the next step to take, don’t fret. We’ve got five of the most important things you should do as soon as you get engaged, so get reading brides-to-be…

Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Enjoy the moment and peacefulness of just you and your fiancé/e knowing.

The proposal, no matter how you choose to do it, is an extremely intimate moment, so make sure you take the time to savour it together and not rush. Once it’s announced, you’ll likely be inundated with questions, celebrations, opinions, etc. I’m not telling you to keep it a secret, but do cherish the time when you and your partner are the only people in the world to know about this important step towards your future together.

Our Engagement Story: Pedida De Mano

Tell your loved ones.

Obviously, you want to share your happiness with your nearest and dearest as soon as you can. Prefer a personal phone call over a text message, or worse, email. Once you’ve informed your friends and family (and make sure you haven’t forgotten anyone!), feel free to post a photo to social media or update your status. This will let everyone else know your happy news, not to mention being a great excuse to post an unapologetically cute and romantic snap of the two of you.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Decide if you want a long or short engagement.

Even though this may seem a bit over-organised and a romance-killer, you and your partner need to choose and agree on how you see your engagement panning out. Engagement is a transition to marriage, so it is vital that you communicate and choose what is best for both of you. Don’t be influenced by outside opinions: you know what is right for your relationship and future together, so stick to it. Also, do make sure to discuss the big and small and share your ideas for your dream wedding.

Our Engagement Story: Pedida De Mano

Start mapping out your dream day.

This goes for both long and short engagements. You may have your heart set on a particular venue, but it turns out that it’s solidly booked for 2 years: reserving it immediately will still guarantee you a relatively long engagement. There really are no rules when it comes to weddings. You and your partner might want to fly to Vegas immediately to make it official, or you might not even want to think of walking down the aisle just yet. My only piece of advice would be to consider that in the wedding industry, specifically during the busy period of spring and summer, everything gets snapped up a long time in advance, from caterers to accommodation, so do factor in that time. The key word here is organisation, whether your dream is to elope on a beach or have a 400 person extravaganza.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

If you’re making wedding plans, choose who you would like in your bridal party and ask them, don’t impose.

Remember that being a bridesmaid or a groomsman is a big responsibility, and as much as you would like to assume that your closest friends would of course agree to the role, remember that they might not be able to fulfil the position for multiple reasons. Some might be too taken with their children and feel that they wouldn’t be there enough for you, or one of your adorably scatty and unreliable friends just wouldn’t cut it. In order to prevent this kind of issue, choose people who you know can be there and have the time to accompany you in this step forward. However, always make sure to ask and not assume: it starts everything off on a level playing field of respect and love.

Wedding Planning Advice: Five Things To Do When You Get Engaged

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Were nearing the end of summer and the first golden leaves are beginning to flutter onto the pavement. If you’re already feeling blue and longing for the delicious sting of the summer sun, celebrate the end of the season with a tropical party. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, create a bubble of palm trees and pineapples and it will feel like your own personal Tahiti. Let’s find out how you can pull off those tropical vibes with today’s blog post…

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

When thinking of a venue, your living room or dining room might lack the desired vibe, however a conservatory could work, or even better: a greenhouse or indoor garden. Take a look at Kew Gardens or the Barbican Conservatory: being surrounded by vegetation will definitely enhance your event and prove to be the perfect canvas to build on.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

In order to decorate your space, don’t be afraid to go kitschy and bright with pinks, yellows, greens, oranges and golds. Think of what sounds quintessentially tropical to you, even if factually your elements don’t fit together. Your goal is to have fun in a tropical inspired environment, not create a perfectly accurate replica of Bora Bora. So if you want to have a hibiscus wall, pink flamingo models and pineapple and palm leaf everything, do it! Something that I always recommend and live by is to follow your theme through to every detail, even if you might think its an insignificant detail. An event transports people and especially in this instance, so invest a little extra in hiring a bamboo table and chairs, palm print glassware and plates, flamingo and pineapple props, etc. You can also cheaply buy photo booth props, multi-coloured leis, temporary tattoos and printed serviettes.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

As well as the visual importance of your tropical party, don’t forget music, entertainment and food. Compile a playlist of your favourite summer jams interspersed with classic rock n roll and old school tunes (do pay attention to the logistics of sound in a greenhouse/conservatory though). As for entertainment, everyone loves traditional games but keep them thematic: coconut shy, hula-hoops or hula dance contest, complete with tropical vibes goodie bag for the winner.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

Food is a key element in keeping your guests happy: a well-fed guest will almost always have a great time. Opt for dishes containing pineapple, such as Hawaiian pizza (if that doesn’t sound blasphemous to you!), sweet and sour pork/chicken, coconut rice, but also don’t shy away from classic small bites such as cocktail sausages or spiced options. Eat whatever makes you happy and what your guests will enjoy. Also decide whether you want a sit down meal or just snacks and canapés.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

So the venue and décor looks great, the food is prepped and the hula-hoops are just waiting to be stepped into: so whats missing? A dress code! Don’t ever be afraid to impose a dress code, especially for a theme that is easily manageable such as this one. It will create a great sense of surprise when you see your friends showing up looking different from usual, not to mention making your photos from the party #tropicalsquadgoals.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

We just can’t get enough of those tropical vibes! For more wonderful inspiration for your big day, event or party, pop over to the La Fête Blog now!

My birthday this year was even more special than usual. As well as a dinner with friends followed by a night out, I had my wonderful bridal brunch in the first half of the day. It was a perfect occasion for my six bridesmaids and bridesman to spend some time together and get to know the members of the bridal party they hadn’t met until then.

My Bridal Bunch at Chiltern Firehouse

All I knew about the bridal brunch was the date and time: everything else was a surprise. It was a beautiful affair in a private room at Chiltern Firehouse that the girls had lovingly decorated with rose gold balloons, bride props, customised photo marshmallows and tiny mason jars filled with flowers. Instead of name cards at each seat, there were framed photos of a memory I shared with each person there. A beautiful birdcage cake sat on the sideboard, which I would discover later was actually a piñata cake filled with Smarties!

My Bridal Bunch at Chiltern Firehouse

I was blown away when I stepped into the room, not because of the things in there, but because of all the love and affection that filled it. Brunch was delicious, made even sweeter by the speeches that peppered it and the kind words from my nearest and dearest. During the meal, each member of my bridal party filled out floral printed cards of advice for when I’m married: words which have made me both laugh out loud and bubble with joy. We also played a ‘Who Said It First’ quiz, with even me having to rack my brains for some of the answers!

My Bridal Bunch at Chiltern Firehouse

My bridal brunch was such a wonderful day and very ME. Seeing this table full of people that have entered my life at different points, I couldn’t help but feel a rush love, knowing that they were accompanying me on one of the most important occasions of my existence. But more than that, they are there for me daily, in the mundane as well as the exciting.

My Bridal Bunch at Chiltern Firehouse

I can’t wait to have my hen party next year in Marrakech and for all these fabulous people (and more!) to share it with me. There are so many opportunities to celebrate my wedding other than my actual wedding day and gather the people I love, so you’d better be certain that I’m going to do so!

My Bridal Bunch at Chiltern Firehouse

Looking for some wedding inspiration for your very own special day? Then take a look at the La Fête blog here.