Regardless of the celebration, it’s always a lovely touch to personalize certain aspects of your event, maybe with names or dates, and so a small but effective way of doing this could be to create custom napkins for your guests to use while eating. It’s an inexpensive way to add a bit of your style and personality to an occasion without being too in-your-face. You can find many companies that offer this service online but my particular favourite is For Your Party as they allow you to customize every aspect of your napkin using their online editor, meaning you can match it exactly to your chosen colour scheme. I’m definitely going to be putting in an order for my wedding next year!
Getting together with those closest to you before you tie the knot is important. It’s so easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about those who have been with you for the longest time along the way and I think it’s essential to spend some time with those people to celebrate this amazing milestone. Yes, hen / bachelorette parties are awesome (my weekend is just a few days away), but a smaller, more intimate gathering with just a few close people really is the best way to celebrate. And getting all dressed up for a small party is just the ticket for someone like me. We put on this little soiree a couple of weeks ago and I was in love with all the little details, a few sweet treats and a drink or two. Pink doesn’t feature in my wedding, so it was fun to go all out girly for this one, with added glitter for fun. We were lucky enough to be gifted some of the items featured by Cake Mart, which is really well stocked for all your baking-related needs.
My fiance and I are at the stage of sending out thank you cards to everyone who bought us gifts or gave us money/gift cards for our engagement, and I thought it would be a good chance to write a little bit about the etiquette for sending thank you notes for any event, including engagements, weddings, baby showers, etc. There’s a few key points to get the most out of your thank you notes.
1. Be prompt
Try and send your thank you notes as soon after the event as you can. We weren’t able to stick to this as much as we’d like as we wanted to make thank you notes using photos from our engagement party, which we had to wait a couple of weeks for as well as a few days for the cards to arrive after we ordered them. It helped for us to write a list of the gifts we received from people as we were opening them, as this comes in real handy when trying to remember who bought what, as you’d be surprised how quickly you can forget.
2. Be personal
Both in the creation of the card as well as the message you write. We created our notes using the photos taken by the professional photographer we hired for our party. We chose one posed and one more candid shot to capture the vibe of the night for those who weren’t able to attend. We then wrote a personal note on the back of each person’s card thanking them for the specific gift they gave and if it was a gift card or money we also explained what we were planning on spending it on. For close family and friends we also added a thank you for the help they offered for the party, so for you this could be with catering, decorating the venue, providing music, etc.
3. Be prepared
I would suggest buying a few extra thank you notes for people who may give you a gift late. If people have been on holiday, or you just haven’t got around to catching up with someone who was not able to attend your event, it’s good to have the opportunity to thank them too. I also printed an extra copy for myself as a memento for the evening.
4. Be kind
You may not be over-the-moon with all the gifts you receive but the giver of the gift has spent time and money on getting something that they thought you would like, regardless of whether you do or not, so it is important to acknowledge that. You don’t have to be too over the top with the sentiment, as they will probably see right through it, but it’s polite to recognize the thought that has gone into the gift and it’s good to show your gratitude.
After getting engaged in Mexico in August, and after a few weeks of planning, my fiancé and I’s engagement party took place on Saturday. Most of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us, and they were very generous in the gifts they gave us. It was a really fun night of drinking and dancing, full of lovely memories and a few sketchy ones to go with it. If our wedding turns out half as good as that, then I will be one happy bride. Unfortunately, at the moment, I don’t have any usable photos of me and my future husband but we hired a professional photographer to capture moments from the night, so in a week or two I should be able to share a few extra pictures. For now I have shared a photo of Lucy and I looking super happy.
When organising any party it can be difficult to cater to everyone when it comes to the music you play. We’re very lucky with the DJ that we’ve hired for our engagement party as he’s a family friend who we’ve known for many years and who has been present at lots of mine and Lucy’s birthday parties. This means he knows my music taste and will happily play any requests we make. He has many years experience and I know we can rely on him to be up-to-date with any recent chart hits. He has however asked us to put a short list together of any songs we really want played, and it’s been great fun remembering all the songs we love from years gone by. Here’s a few of our choices that will hopefully get all our guests up on the dancefloor.
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Jagged Edge ft. Run DMC – Let’s Get Married (Remix)