Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS! Getting engaged has probably been a moment that you have been waiting for since you were young. Now you finally have a ring on your finger, it most probably feels like you have a TONNE of stuff to do and get organised before the big day. Don’t stress – remember to enjoy your time under your newly dubbed ‘fiancée’ title, you deserve it!
We have compiled a list of 8 things things to do after getting engaged (yes, just 8!) you must do once you and your partner are engaged. First thing’s first – tell the world! Call your parents, FaceTime your bestie, post an obligatory selfie and let everyone know what has just happened. It’s a huge milestone in anyone’s relationship and would be a shame to keep it under wraps. Oh, a don’t forget to make it Facebook official… people go wild for exciting news whilst they’re on their way to work!
Secondly, does your ring fit properly? Whether you have previously been to get your finger sized with your partner or not, it is so important to have a ring that fits like a glove (literally). You don’t want it too tight or too loose. If you are unsure, take it to the jewellers who will best advise you on your size (they often do half-sizes too). This brings us onto number 3 – insurance.
So often we hear about missing engagement rings which were not insured. This is not only a strain on the purse strings, but also devastating as ‘the original’ holds so much sentimental value. You are able to get possession insurance through your household insurer, but again, your jeweller can advise you on this too as you will need a valuation to certify all the details about your ring in order to submit to your insurer.
Number 4 (our favourite) - CELEBRATE. This is such an exciting time for both you and your family and friends and let us tell you, they just cannot wait to see the ring either! Engagement parties have become extremely popular over the past 5 years and can almost give a wedding a run for its money! Whether you want something simple like a private dining experience with your nearest and dearest, or something more extravagant like throwing a huge party, we recommend that this is done within the first 6 months of engagement. Here at Orsett Hall Hotel one of the top wedding venues, we have some fantastic party packages and wedding packages in Essex for you to take advantage of so take a look! We also cater for private dining events, intimate gatherings and so much more; contact us for a quote today!
After you have celebrated and you have time to sit back with your partner, we recommend that you spend this time wisely and (cue number 5) discuss your wedding day. This doesn’t have to be all the little intricate details but just enough so that you can gauge a budget, style and time of year you want to marry.
Number 6 - Setting a budget is probably the most important here. Is there wiggle room? Do you want to keep it under £10,000? Who is paying for what? Without a budget costs can easily spiral out of control. We have a number of incredible wedding packages in Essex which are a great way to keep costs down and still have the wedding of your dreams.
Another must-do and one to add to the list is our number 7 – attend exhibitions and open days. These are a fantastic way to help open your mind if you either have no idea what you want, or if you know exactly what you want and are looking for suppliers. We hold around 6 open days and evenings a year which give our perspective bride and grooms the opportunity to view Orsett Hall, one of the top a wedding venue in Essex. We dress each function room ready for a wedding which aids visualisation and we have our dedicated Wedding Team on hand to answer any questions.
Last but not least is number 8 – get booking! By no means should you rush, but the sooner you start booking things such as your venue, florist, photographer, caterers, cake maker etc. the sooner you can relax and enjoy engaged life. Remember that suppliers get booked up sometimes years in advance so it’s best to start gathering your quotes early. By booking and paying deposits, you will also know how much money is outstanding giving you a better idea on how much saving up is required.
If you would like to visit Orsett Hall Hotel for a viewing and to have a chat with our Wedding Team, please call us on 01375 891 402. Our next Open Evening is Wednesday 22nd January 5.30pm – 9pm which is free entry, so please do pop in and see us. Visit our website for further information.
No wedding is complete without those extra special pieces which will truly wow your guests. Of course, your chosen venue plays a huge part when it comes to creating individuality and personality. Our venue for example, offers couples the choice of 6 unique spaces to dress in whichever way they like, whether it be timeless and traditional, or quaint and quirky! Your reception room is your playground; decide on a style with your partner and fill it with items that capture one another’s personalities.
However simple your interior may be, decorations can turn your wedding day into the celebration that you have always dreamed of. For example, our Chapel is a truly stunning environment complete with high ceilings, wooden pews and a mezzanine floor, you really don’t need a lot to accentuate the beauty of this place! We provide our couples with the beautiful white flower arrangements, but decorations such as candles and lanterns can be added as personal touches.
the chapel at orsett hall HOTEL
Before you make your way to craft shops or start filling your online baskets, you must first highlight what you need to decorate and/or hire. Visit your venue on upcoming open days or organise a meeting with your planner and make a note of what you need. Here are a few things for you to think about:
Our Pavilion – Chair covers, centrepieces, floristry by Aura Design
Almost everything you will write down on your list will be available in a whole host of colours! Once you have your colour scheme sorted, which often falls in line with bridesmaids’ dresses, the finer details and decisions will become easier. Couples also choose colours depending on the season; we see more rich colours such as deep purples and reds in the winter, whereas in the summer we see more soft peaches and blush pinks. The above image is our pavilion; a spacious room which is a blank canvas which our couples love! It can be decorated to fit in with any colour scheme.
Seasonality also helps when choosing the smaller details too – favours or place names for example. Favours often have a personal meaning to couples as they symbolise a ‘thank you’ to the guests, a gift which guests can take with them. This could be a traditional pouch of sugared almonds, personalised lollipops or even handmade soaps! The possibilities are endless and are completely unique to you.
Pinecone place name at an Autumn wedding
If you would like more information or inspiration then please do pop in and see us! Our experienced wedding team will be on hand to show you around our venue, and help you wherever possible. We have 3 excellent onsite suppliers which include:
Aura Design: Venue Decorators & Florist – 01375 893 598
Rolls Royce Phantom – 01708 805 500
The Sitting Rooms Hairdressers – 01375 893 081
You can find more details about our additional services here.
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