How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2

You’ve got the ring and now it’s time to plan the perfect party. A few weeks ago we provided you with a few décor tips to get your engagement party planning started. If you missed our previous post click here.  This week we continue to look at inspiring the fun, little details to make an unforgettable celebration.

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Grab A Prop & Strike A Pose

We love big balloons, really big balloons. These jumbo “Mr” & “Mrs” balloons make perfect props for engagement or wedding pics, plus can double as impressive décor.

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Bring on the bubbly. Whether in celebration of your engagement, wedding shower or after-party, personalized cocktails or craft brews add instant personality. For a littler extra sparkle, accent your drinks with diamond ring shaped ice cubes (seriously- at least 10 carats each) and sprinkle with edible glitter. Don’t forget some paper coasters, custom foiled just for you.

Party Games

Give your guests a take home favor that will up the ante. Eye catching personalized cards are always a great bet.

Party Favors

Every party needs favors and this is no exception. Available in all shapes and sizes do your friends a favor or even two!

Camera Ready

Disposable cameras make a fun addition to guest tables and can capture some memorable moments too. Invite your friends and family to snap away, you could be amazed at what you missed.

Dance Like Nobody’s Business

Even your hair and make-up prep can be photo op ready. Cover up with these “boyfriend” inspired button down bridal shirts for a polished yet relaxed look that is sure to inspire some “Risky Business-esque” high jinks. Get ready to have some fun.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Just Engaged Tote Essentials

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If you’re new to The Details blog, chances are you’re probably a newly engaged bride. And you wouldn’t be alone. With December continuing its reign as the number one month for marriage proposals, the world is filled with overjoyed ladies in engagement bliss. But now that the new year is here, and bridal shows are taking over venues across the country, you’re no doubt either in or on the verge of entering the planning stage. And we have one major tip for you on that front, keep organized to keep sane. It’s the number rule to a smooth planning journey. While you’re at it, why not keep it stylish too. Which brings us to today’s post, a “just engaged” essential, the tote bag. One for you, one for your MOH and one for mom. Because you know they’ll be walking those shows and visiting all those vendor appointments with you. A perfect and pretty accessory ready to house and keep organized the stock pile of details coming your way. Happy Planning!

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How To Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 1

Congratulations! You said “yes!” Get the party started with a high style engagement celebration filled with personality. Send out the invites and have fun making every detail #instaworthy for these once in a life time festivities. Today we’re focusing on all the décor details to make your party stand out!

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A Par-Tee that is. Assorted Glittery paper fans, fancy banners, super big balloons and cool paper lanterns will get your party space all dressed for some good times.

Featured above: 36″ Jumbo White “I Do” Balloon / Gold Foil Paper Fan Party Decorations / Watermelon Round Paper Lantern

Glitter Up The Room

Celebrate your engagement in full-on sparkle. Shimmering gold banners and fancy gold sippers are a great way to welcome guests and usher in the fun.

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Featured above: Mr & Mrs Gold Glitter Wedding Banner

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Featured above: Gold Foil Fancy Paper Straws / Gold Foil X&Os Paper Straws / Gold Foil Hearts Paper Straws

Details!

Details, details, details.. custom glassware and wow-worthy serving trays are just a couple simple tricks that easily add a sense of style to your party and all with a healthy dose of shiny gold, of course. Sip sip, hooray!

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Featured above: Square Acrylic Tray- Celebration Sparkle Foil Printed / Classic Champagne Glass- Personalized

Share The Love

Use fun captions to give your celebration a modern trendy vibe. Available as cake toppers, signage or personalization messages that really stand out, here is just one more special way to have your say.

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Featured above: Pop The Bubbly Acrylic Cake Topper-Black / Classic Champagne Glass / Dainty Gold Bow Bottle Stopper

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Featured above: Yes! Acrylic Sign-Black

Stay tuned for more engagement party inspiration coming up in two weeks!

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From our Brides: 4 Ways to be the Worst Wedding Guest of all Time

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate your new Mrs. status with friends and family, but sometimes the combination of large numbers, varied personalities and high emotions can cause a little bit of stress along the way. When these moments happen, there are three things we want to remind you of.  1) You cannot please everyone. 2) There is always a solution. And 3) You’re not alone. We asked our brides to weigh in with their own personal experience dealing with difficult wedding guests.

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1) Dealing with the Narcissist:

“When family members who have conflict with each other make the day about them and their issues.” — Sarah Beth

If you have found yourself in this situation, we promise that you are not the first. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high at most weddings and this can sometimes cause tension. When diffusing a situation keep in mind that you want to make it better and not worse. If you let your emotions get the better of you. things will only escalate. With a level head and a calm voice, politely remind them why they are here today. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and it is OK to remind them of that.

2) Runaway guest list: “I can invite anyone I want to your wedding, right?”

Asking the morning of my wedding if you could bring your daughter, when you didn’t even bother to send your RSVP. And RSVP-ing for 3 when your invite specifically said to Mr and Mrs your name there.” — Michelle Flowers

There are 2 types of guests: 1) There was an unintentional miscommunication and your guest didn’t realize who exactly was invited. or 2) Your guest disregarded your wishes and didn’t think  a plus one was a big deal.

It is so important to be clear who the invitation is intended for. If you don’t feel like the names on the addressed envelope are clear enough, feel free to write the names out on their RSVP Card as well. This should help alleviate any miscommunication. If your RSVP mishap lands in the second category, ask yourself if it is a big deal. Do you have the space and the budget to have them there? Is it more of an annoyance than an inconvenience? If having extra person at your wedding is something you can deal with, consider letting it go and moving on. If having them there is not possible, a conversation is a great place to start. Explain to them that unfortunately you do not have any wiggle room with the guest count and although you wished more could attend, it is not possible at this time. And remember that asking is often more effective than demanding.

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3) Dealing with the Flake:

“We had a groomsmen back out the week of the wedding and then one of them “forgot” he was in the wedding all together.” — Ginny Raettig

Although situations like this are incredibly frustrating, they can often be the easiest to resolve. Many couples feel that it is really important to have an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We are here to tell you that it is totally O.K to have an uneven bridal party. When you initially decided who you wanted to stand up with you, it was probably because they have been a key part of your life. Don’t feel pressured to find a replacement just for the sake of having a replacement. Sometimes the best solution is to let it go.

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4) Head Count:”RSVP’s are just a suggestion, right?”

“Not RSVP-ing or saying I don’t know yet but trying….” — Jamie Wieber

It can be as simple as asking your guests to send an RSVP email or click a button on your wedding website, but hunting down RSVP stragglers is just a part of the wedding planning process. That being said, there are a few ways to make it a little easier on yourself. A handy trick is to set the “please reply by:” date a few weeks before you really require a final head count. This will give some of the stragglers extra time to get their replies in and downsize the number of people you need to track down later.

Your day is about one very important thing, getting to say “I DO”. We know that planning a wedding comes with it’s up’s and down’s, but despite the fuss, it’s going to be worth it! We are so excited to be on this journey with you and helping to put those beautiful elements into your day. We know it’ going to be spectacular!

“None it was my day and everyone put all there problems aside and made it all about me my husband and six kids.” — Stephanie Hodgins

 

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Wine Country Fall Engagement Shoot

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In my line of work I’m lucky enough to spend countless hours pouring over stunningly beautiful images, images resulting from great love stories. And there’s a debate I often have with myself. What’s better, engagement pics or wedding images? While the photos capturing a couple’s wedding are always gorgeous in their grandeur and detail, there’s something so beautiful in the simplicity and intimacy of an engagement shoot. It’s where you get the best glimpse of the love felt between a couple, uninterrupted, front and center. And the second I laid eyes on the images from the fall engagement session of Grace and Albert, captured by the talent at Mugshots Photography in the heart of Wine Country Ontario, it was another big point for engagement pics on my board. But don’t take my word for it. Grab a glass of vino and take your own glimpse into their love affair.

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