The first step of the wedding preparations, the road to marriage becomes more formal with the engagement ceremony. Engagement ceremonies arranged in different shapes based on families and customs can be performed in simple or rather flamboyant ways. As you can organize the engagement ceremony individually at your house, you may also get help from event planners in order to make it more professional. Couples who desire a more high-class, more stylish and complete engagement ceremony certainly benefit from working with an event planner. You can read all the details you need to pay attention to before organizing your engagement, and finalize your event by taking conscious steps.
First Step: ‘Asking for the Girl’s Hand’ Ceremony
Asking for the girl’s hand is one of the most beautiful, tense and exciting moments for couples. Even though the heart rate accelerates, following ‘the asking for the girl’s hand in marriage’, first steps towards the engagement are taken and dates are determined by the elders of the family. The engagement period, the last step taken before the wedding, is a very important period for both couples and families. During this period, parents and couples get to know each other better and get used to the process of kinship.
After the ceremony for asking for the girl’s hand goes through smoothly, the preparations for the engagement are accelerated. There are several details to take into consideration for the engagement. Among these are items such as; the engagement tray, the engagement rings, indoor or outdoor ceremony, the engagement dress, the invitation list, the gifts to be handed out, the invitations, the hairdresser, the photographer, engagement shoes and engagement party cards. You can work on all of these preparations yourself, but you can also enjoy the preparation period with the help of an event company.
Selecting the rings, one of the most important phases of engagement preparations, is usually carried out by couples, either alone or together with both mothers. The selection should be made carefully, since both pairs of engagement rings will be worn as wedding rings for a lifetime. A ring model should be chosen that can be especially liked by the men. Otherwise, you should be aware that men who do not like the ring model or who do not like wearing rings may not wear it for a long time.
If you like simplicity, you can choose to stay away from extravagant models. But because the brides-to-be usually prefer more fashionable and eye-catching models, men usually have to adapt to this situation. With the couples’ mutual decision, you may also search for custom-made products or the design of your dreams.
The engagement tray, which is usually under the responsibility of the brides-to-be, is another preparation to be given due attention and care. You may choose models that reflect your tastes among the hundreds of types of engagement trays. You will be able to design or buy boxes for the rings that will present the rings on the engagement trays with the adornment of flowers, tulle, shiny stones, beads or other accessories. You should also remember to include a pair of stylish scissors to cut the cord.
You should not forget to hand out gifts for those who attend the ceremony, that will always remind them of your happy day. There are many engagement gifts to be presented according to tastes and budgets. Foremost among these are; a jewelery chest, a mirror, soap, a jar of coffee beans, colored stone pouches, floral flavors and colognes. Considering your financial situation, you could order as many gift souvenirs as your average guest number, or you may choose to create original items by purchasing materials. You should not forget to add tiny labels on the gifts that you and your fiancé’s names have been written.
You can offer engagement candies to sweeten the palates of your guests. Engagement candies with hundreds of varieties are offered in different price ranges. If you wish, you can place a special order of candies or you can order online from your trusted websites. If you want to design these candies yourself at home, you can easily prepare chocolate bars that you and your guests will enjoy, elegantly decorated with tulle or other colorful accessories.
Certainly engagement treats, one of the most significant engagement preparations, can be prepared with a variety of options. If you are thinking about celebrating at home, setting the menu is entirely up to you. But if you are planning to organize it in a place like a hotel, a cafe or a restaurant, you have to choose between menus that the place will offer you. If you choose to host your engagement ceremony in a venue, you definitely have to ask the people in charge, how and where the meal is prepared, its freshness and even have a tasting beforehand.
At the engagement ceremony you will organize at home, you can place the food as an open buffet and therefore save yourself from the trouble of service. Thus, you do not have to worry about what your guests will eat. Generally you should include light and snack foods in your menu. You should not cook stew-like or too oily dishes to avoid any possible incidents. If you wish you may include in your menu, light dishes such as; appetizers, rolls, cold cuts, pastry, desserts or canapés.
The engagement dress, which has an important place especially for the bride-to-be, has been available with thousands of varieties in the recent years. You can choose the engagement dress as a simple or more exaggerated model depending on where you will perform the ceremony. If you are going to organize your engagement at home and among family, you can choose a simpler model. But if you have invited a large number of guests to the ceremony and you are going to do it in a setting such as a hotel, a poolside or a wedding hall, you should definitely choose a flashier model.
Whether the dress is long or short is totally up to you, it is better to choose a longer, more graceful design in general. You should not forget to have your hair and make-up done in accordance with the model of your dress. In addition, it is important to ensure that the groom's suit and the bride's dress are in harmony.
Prefer Elite World Hotels For Your Engagement Organization
Today, venues that are mostly preferred for engagement ceremonies outside of homes are, ballrooms or pool-sides of hotels. Depending on the amount of guests, you may have to arrange a small or larger room. If you are organizing at a hotel, you should see the space reserved for you in advance and find out what is included in the services. You can save on your budget by including items such as the band, the photographer or the food presentation in your engagement package. You can contact us at 0212 237 17 00 to get information about organization and packages at Elite World Hotels.
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