Engagement Announcements

We get asked this question all the time; what’s the proper way and time frame to announce the engagement? Obviously there’s no one right way, but traditionally some guidelines should be followed.

Elegant engagement announcements

First, and most important for the majority of couples, tell the parents. Don’t forget you’re marrying the family too and the last thing everyone wants is to upset the in-laws right off the bat. So have a nice meal with each set of parents (or all together) and tell them first. If they’re told separately, plan on another meal when both sets of parents can meet and get acquainted. According to tradition, the groom’s mother should contact the bride’s mother to organize such a date.

Depending on the level of involvement they wish to take, I also recommend giving them the option to host an engagement party. Parents love bragging, so let them brag about you and your new fiancée… you might also save a buck by letting them host!  Watch out for our future Engagement Party post for more details. 

If possible, include a Save the Date in the Engagement Announcement

After the parental units are taken care of, it’s time to send out formal announcements. This is traditionally done as early as one year in advance.  Make sure you include names of the bride, groom and both sets of parents, as well as the location and date of the wedding. If the exact date isn’t known, include as much information as possible and consider sending an additional "Save the Date" later. The engagement announcement should either be made by the couple or by the bride’s parents, not the groom’s.

Crucial tip: no matter how tech savvy you and your families may be, do NOT make your announcement via email! There’s a possibility that day will come in the future, but it’s not here yet. Cough up the extra dollars and send a classy, high-quality engagement announcement. Your relatives will be more inclined to come and you won’t look back with a single shred of regret on one of the most important days of your life. 

5 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Wedding in Lake Tahoe

  1. Come in the Low Season:  Everyone loves planning their Lake Tahoe wedding between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when vacancies are scarce and prices are absurdly high. Try planning your event in the beginning/middle of June or middle/end of September instead. The weather is likely to be just as nice (although we won't lie, there has been the occasional rainy day at these times) and prices will be MUCH lower. Also, don't forget the time of day/week can save you a bundle as well; Friday nights are a rare choice, as are afternoons. So the next Lake Tahoe venue you call, do us a favor and just ask how much cheaper it would be for a mid-June, Friday afternoon affair. 
  2. Make a realistic priority list: Think very hard about what you truly consider your highest priorities and stick to them. If high quality photos are the most important, then devote a larger portion of your budget to get the Best Lake Tahoe photographer rather than spending way too much on floral arrangements. Whatever you prefer, decide early and stick to your list.
  3. Summon your creative side: Or maybe your Maid of Honor's creative side? Either way, go to Pinterest and research home-made decorations, center pieces, party favors, etc. In fact, keep checking back here as we will posting some of our favorite Do-It-Yourself wedding ideas.
  4. Think twice about the bridal boutique: Well sort of... go into as many as you want and try on the whole store, but just to get ideas and figure out what you really want. Then, before you painfully swipe the plastic, go out and check department stores or dedicate a couple weekends to drive a few extra hours to an outlet. Some of these stores might have just what you're looking, at half the price!
  5. Focus on food: I recently attended a budget wedding with possibly the best catering I'd ever experienced. Nope, not an expensive seafood buffet with carving stations, or even a boring chicken plate. Just a small Taco truck that pulled right up to the outdoor seating area. Gourmet tacos of course; delicious, easy to make, cheap and (the best part) unlimited!! And there were lots of options too - pollo, carne asada, carnitas, and even fajitas for the vegetarians. Check out The YUM Truck in Lake Tahoe to see what I mean. 

Be Married, save money!

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Best Venue for a January Wedding

A ski resort of course! There's no better way to embrace the snow than sealing your vows right in the middle of it. The top of the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort tram is a featured destination for brides, especially during the winter months when they can gaze out across all of Lake Tahoe. They watch the snow glittering off the high peaks and think to themselves "I am truly getting married in the most beautiful place on Earth!"

Posted on December 20, 2012 .