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How to enjoy your engagement and begin your marriage right

Isn’t your engagement a beautiful experience? The time when you acknowledge your commitment and love to the perfect partner, and when you look forward to being united in marital bliss. Every bride goes through this period where it seems unreal and too good to be true. But, once the reality sinks in, and it is time to plan and prepare for the wedding, it can cease being fun.

Engagement is the transition between being single and getting married, and as with any transition period, it too involves a fair share of stress. Most couples are so caught up with the hectic pace of planning their wedding, that they end up doing nothing else.

Is this the right way to start your marriage? Definitely Not!

Here is how you can enjoy yourself before the wedding, and make your engagement less stressful.

Plan ahead and do it well

Soon after you celebrate your engagement with your dear ones, begin planning the wedding. Fix a wedding date and split up all the tasks that are to be completed before it. Allot reasonable time for each task, and set your calendars to make sure they are done on time. This will allow you to work at a relaxed pace and get the work done without feeling overwhelmed.

Make sure you enjoy everything about the wedding planning

Whether it is shopping for your wedding dress, choosing your wedding cake or fixing the wedding venue, make sure that you are fully involved in the task. A major mistake that most couples make is that they take the tasks too seriously in the beginning and are exhausted by the end. Enjoy every aspect of what you do, and you will find yourself looking forward to the next one on the list.

Take a short break from the wedding

When everything seems to revolve around the wedding, it is time you break loose and take a day or two off. Spend a weekend at a nice destination. Make a decision that you will not discuss anything about the wedding during this short holiday, and it will help you unwind and rejuvenate yourself.

Make time for just the two of you

Don’t forget that you are in love and need to enjoy yourselves as a couple. Continue having dates and plan surprises for your partner, like you did before getting engaged. Find time to talk, discuss and have fun. Plan your honeymoon together, discuss your future and you will find yourself eagerly looking forward to your wedding day.

Enjoy time with family and friends

Relax and unwind with your favorite girlfriends once in a while. Spend time with your parents, and discuss your wedding plans with them. Not only will you receive plenty of suggestions this way, you will also benefit from the relaxed atmosphere.

Have fun watching wedding movies together

Spend your evenings together, watching romantic or fun wedding movies. This will help you and your partner appreciate this time in your life all the more. Pick up “Father of the Bride” or “The Wedding Singer” and enjoy some light comedy, before getting back to the rest of the wedding planning.

Enjoy your engagement, and make the best start to your life together. For all your wedding needs and valuable tips and wedding advice, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Your wedding invitation checklist

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You have endless options to choose from when creating your wedding invitation. While you can be creative with words and make a remarkable invitation that allows your guests a sneak peek into what to expect, it is also necessary that it conveys all the essential information about your wedding. After all, this card is their go-to reference for everything related to the wedding; and you have to do it right.

To make things easy, we have created this checklist to help you make sure you haven’t left out any necessary details that your guests may seek.

Focus on the Four W’s

The basic idea of any invitation is to answer the four questions – Who, What, When and Where. Before you set off choosing stationery or making an impact with words, ensure that you explicitly answer all four of these questions, and the major portion of your invitation checklist is already covered!

Who: It is a good idea to start your invitation with the names of who is hosting the wedding (either your names or your parents names). Include the last names of both bride and groom in the card, so the guests clearly know whose wedding they’ve been invited to.

What: Next, inform them that the event is a “wedding,” using your choice of words.

When: To answer this question, cite the day, date and time of the event. You should either use a.m / p.m or in the morning / evening, to avoid any possible confusion.

Where: Provide the complete address of the location, including name of venue and street address, so your guests have no trouble locating it even when they are from out-of-town. You can add a location map as an insert, but since this can get lost it is ideal to have the address in the body of the invitation itself. If both the wedding and the reception are at the same venue, you can use a single invitation. Else, a separate card for each event, which clearly lists the specific venue address would be the sensible approach.

Guide to the Type of Ceremony

Specifying this will allow your guests to know whether they are to attend a formal ceremony in a house of worship, or an informal one. Leave no scope for confusion on whether they are invited to the wedding ceremony, or only to the reception. It also helps if you indicate whether it is a black-tie event or a casual ceremony, so they can dress appropriately.

Reply Request

It is a good idea to encourage your guests to confirm attendance, by clearly asking them on your invitation card. For this, include an R.S.V.P line on the lower left corner of the card, with the correspondence address, email or phone number cited clearly. Specify the month and date by which they should respond, so you have time to plan the rest of the arrangements.

Once you’ve accounted for all these details in your wedding invitation, enjoy selecting fancy stationery and spurning words to create a charming invitation. Best for Bride is your one-stop destination for the perfect selection of invitation cards to help you with this. Visit us to find invitation cards, and everything else you need for your wedding.

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How to Pick Your Wedding Date

Are you recently engaged? I’m sure the first thing many people ask when they see your ring is, ‘when is the wedding?’ and you may not have an answer. But that’s perfectly alright! Many couples do not settle on a date immediately, and many things can factor in to picking the right date, from what kind of wedding you want, to who will be attending, where it will be held and possibly most important of all, the cost. So how do you pick the wedding date that’s right for you?

Think About Your Wedding Location

Is your reception hall cheaper in the spring than it is the summer? Do they offer discounts in the winter months? If it’s an outdoor wedding, you’ll have to of course consider weather as a factor. It’s always good to have a “Plan B” in case of bad weather. Is this a destination wedding? The general rule of thumb is make sure your invites go out at least three months in advance (provided you’ve already sent a ‘Save the Date’ card).


It’s true that weddings can be very expensive, but if you pick the right date (for example: a Friday instead of a Saturday), you may be able to get things like your reception location, transportation and accommodation for a little bit cheaper. Be mindful of your guests though if you are picking a non-traditional day in the week to hold your ceremony and reception, as some may need to leave work early or may only be able to attend the reception.

Pick A Date Special to You

Many couples pick a date around when they first started dating, or a year anniversary after their engagement. Some others tend to choose ‘lucky dates’ (like those who went to Vegas to get married on 7/7/2007 for example) but it’s completely up to you what date suits you best.

Consider Other Events

If your wedding is around a holiday or a major event your friends and family usually attend, make sure to take that into consideration. Never be afraid to ask your bridal party or family their input so there will not be any conflicts.

Don’t forget to check out Best for Bride as your one stop shop for everything you need for your special day. From dresses to invitation, we’ve got you covered.