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So you are finally engaged. No matter you have been waiting for years for this moment, or it just caught you off guard with the big question, you are probably very enthusiastic and don’t know what to do first. Here are some of the things you should do after you got engaged.

Things to do after you got engaged


Getting engaged is a very important step in one’s life so it should be celebrated in a very special way. No matter if you are having a themed party, or just a girls night out, make sure that you getting engaged is an important event and enjoy it. When you decide who’s invited to your party, keep in mind that you have to invite them to your wedding too.


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Start a guest list

Knowing the number of your wedding guests is very important, as you have to know what venue to choose to accommodate that number. Not all the guests you invite will be there on your wedding day, but you will have an approximate number, and you can start looking for a venue.


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Set a realistic budget

Talk to your partner and your parents about who is going to cover the wedding costs. Set the amount of money you can afford to spend to plan your wedding, and see if any of your parents is willing to help with the expenses. Once you have a budget you can start planning all the other details.


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Book the photographer, the videographer and the wedding planner (if it’s the case).

All the wedding related details are important, and some brides might prioritize the budget in a different way, but I recommend to make sure you booked these 3 people first. Research the prices and the quality of the work for the photographer and videographer, and once you found one you like, book it, as they may be really busy. Catherine offers the best value compared to other wedding photographers in Maine.



Read wedding magazines and research on wedding blogs

There are so many details that need taken care of and so little time to do it. So if you want to save some time, buy magazines or read on specialized blogs to see what are the trends for your season, or what is new in this department. You will find it very inspiring.


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Start reviewing wedding venues

It’s hard to choose a wedding theme without seeing the wedding venue first. You have to see how it looks like, in order to decide how you want to decorate it. Think about a few themes and then start visiting restaurants, gardens, hotels or any other possible venues. Make a list of questions and right down advantages and disadvantages of each place you visited. This way it will be easier for you to make the final decision.

Go to wedding related events

Wedding themed events are meant to  inspire you into choosing the right gown, decorations, centerpieces, flowers, drinks, food, etc. Also some of these events might have special offers, or sales, so you might not want to miss them.

For most of the brides, finding the perfect gifts for their wedding party is a challenge that keeps them occupied for quite a long time. Since all of the brides among the world want their wedding to be special they choose to personalize it. To make sure you have a personalized wedding and a perfect gift for your all your wedding guest is to give them personalized wedding T-shirts.

Depending on the role your guest play on your wedding, each of them is going to have a different t-shirt, with a different message. Here are some examples:

For the Bride: Future Mrs., Bride To Be, Off The Market, Taken, I Said Yes, or just Bride;

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For the Groom: Dead Man Walking, Groom to Be, Sorry girls, I’m taken, The Doomed Groom, Game Over.

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For your Bridesmaids: Wedding Bells, Bride’s Support, or just Bridesmaid; Bride’s Sanity Assurance.

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For your Maid of Honor: Head Maid, Maid of Honor;

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For your Groomsman: Groom’s Crew, Groom’s Posse, Groom’s Gang, Groom’s Quality Assurance.

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For The Parents of the Bride: Mother of the Bride, Bride’s Mother, Father of the Bride, Gaining a Son.

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For The Parents of the Groom: Mother of the Groom, Groom’s Mother, Father of the Groom; Gaining a Daughter;

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For Your Flower Girl: Petal Princess, Petal Patrol, Flower Girl.

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For Your Ring Bearer: Ring Security, Bling Security.

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If you are having a ceremony that not all of your guests will be familiar with, such as a religious ceremony or a unique ceremony that incorporates cultural rites, you may want to consider putting together a wedding program. The more all your guests feel involved with your wedding, the more likely they’ll have a great time.

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Who makes them?

Usually, you let the supplier of your invitations handle this so that your printed materials will have the same look. You may have the same theme but if your stuff is provided by different suppliers, there is a chance that they won’t look quite the same.

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Printed Programs Price

The price for your wedding printed programs depends on your supplier, on the theme, fabric, and the design you choose. You might be able to get some discounts if you choose to print your programs at the same place where you printed your wedding invitations, your thank you cards, and your placements cards.

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Printed Programs Design

Some programs are folded in half, whereas others have a tri-fold like a brochure. Many programs don’t have any folds and feature several pieces of paper neatly held together with a ribbon or other embellishment. Whether you choose to create a program that’s bound with a wax seal or a single sheet of paper just make sure that you add special touches, such as favorite poems, quotes, or photographs, to help all your guest get to know you as a couple better.

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Your wedding printed program should include the following elements: full name of bride, full name of groom, name of the officiant, date, time, place, introduction (optional), order of ceremony, words to hymns or songs (optional), titles and composers of musical selections, names of performers (singers, musicians, readers), names of the wedding party and a thank you for your guests.

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Presenting them

Since wedding programs can come in unusual shapes, sizes, and colors, they can be presented in various ways. If your wedding is taking place outdoor, you can choose to put a program on each chair and set a few pieces of colored sea glass on top to keep them from blowing away. You can also ask a friend or family member to greet guests and hand out programs as they arrive.

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For those brides who want their wedding day to be a fairy tale, a carriage bulled by horses is the best way to create the atmosphere. No matter if you want to feel like Cinderella, or like the Queen of UK, you can find a carriage to fit your theme.

The Glass Carriage. This carriage seats up to four adults and two children in style and comfort.  If you are looking for one more reason to choose this carriage at your wedding, keep in mind that this is the carriage that all the royal couples in UK used at their weddings.

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Open Landau Carriage. This is another carriage that would make you feel like royalty when you ride it. The carriage has a convertible roof to keep any unwanted weather out and to make sure you day will be perfect.

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Wagonette Carriage. If you want some of your wedding party to ride along on your wedding day, the Wagonette carriage should be your choice.  Built on a wagon frame, this carriage has seats in the passenger compartment along both sides. This way you can have all the close family and friends ride with you in your wedding carriage.

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The Gig Carriage. A gig carriage is a small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats and no hood. This carriage is chosen by couples who would rather be their own footman, as it offers only two seats. Some of them offer covered seats, so you don’t have to worry about the weather.

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The Spider Phaeton. A spider phaeton is a very high carriage of light construction, with a covered seat in front and a footman’s seat behind. In the past this phaeton was used for gentlemen, but nowadays you can use it for all kinds of events, including a wedding.

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Vis a Vis Carriage. The vis a vis wedding carriage is the most common carriage used at weddings. The design offers the possibility of the bride and the groom to ride in the same carriage seating one in front of the other, accompanied by their parents or by their best men and bridesmaids.

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Cinderella Carriage. If you feel that you have been found by a prince or if you just want to feel what Cinderella felt when she went to the ball and danced with the prince, choosing a Cinderella carriage for your wedding is the best way to do it. Having the shape of a pumpkin, the Cinderella carriage helps you to create the romantic atmosphere you want at your wedding.

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Choosing the horses for your wedding carriage is another aspect you need to think about. Most of the companies that lend the carriages can offer you a variety of horses or ponies to choose from.  Also you have to see if the carriage you chose is use with a single horse or with two horses or even with six horses.

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In the past articles we have talked about all the details you need to think about when planning your wedding. We talked about choosing your dress, your venue, your theme and all the decoration you need to make your wedding day perfect. But if you want to make your wedding day more special that it already is, I have a few ideas for you. One of them is choosing wedding balloons as decorations for your wedding.

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Wedding balloons have became a very popular decoration in the past few years, as you can use it for anything, starting with your wedding and finishing with you birthday party. Here are some ideas about the things you can choose to decorate with balloons.

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Balloon pew ends. Balloon pew ends decorated with ribbons and balloon columns linking together down the aisle will give your guest the impression that they are stepping in a fairytale. Not only that they are cheaper than the flowers, but they will help you relax and feel more confident when saying “I do.”

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Balloon arches. Balloon arches can be used as a special decoration for your wedding ceremony or at the entrance of your reception venue. At the reception, the arch represents the union of the grooms. At the receptions the arch can symbolize the entrance into a different world, a world of love and happiness. Guests can also use balloon arches as a photo backdrop.

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Dance floor canopies. Dance floor canopies are really popular nowadays, as they create a very intimate atmosphere for the grooms, as they have their first dance under it. Dance floor will help you create a special feeling as you will be separated from the rest of the room with draping fabric overhead.

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Balloon columns. No matter if you use them in the church as pew ends, or at the entrance of your event or around the edge of your reception room, balloon columns represent a perfect way to let your guest know that an amazing event is taking place.

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Balloon sculptures. For weddings, the most common sculpture represents a big heart made of balloons. But there are a lot of couples who choose to have something special for both of them made of balloons. For example, if you had ice-cream for your first date, you can choose to have an ice-cream made of balloons at your wedding.

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Balloon bouquets. Balloon bouquets can be used as table topiaries. Balloon bouquets make great centerpieces. You can combine elements like flowers in a basket to create a different look and fun for your centerpieces.

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Balloon printing. Balloon printing is a great way to promote your wedding or you as a couple.  Many couple choose to have a picture with them printed on balloons and put them at the entrance of your reception place. This way all the guest will recognize the happy couple.

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Balloon wedding gown. For those brides who want to make an impression on their wedding day, there are companies that create wedding gowns of balloons. It can be really expensive but it can also be a perfect way to make sure that no one forgets your wedding day.

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