It’s no secret that with Christmas, New Years and the Summer breeze surrounding us that engagement stories are in high rotation right about now. Which also makes this time of year my absolute favourite!
So if you’re new to Polka Dot Bride, I thought today I would share some of the top articles which might help you if you’re newly engaged and new to our little site!
If you’re newly engaged and completely stuck or overwhelmed, check out What You Need To Know About Engagements and Nine Things To Do When You Get Engaged
Photo by Leo Farrell from Anitra and Ben’s Whimiscal White Engagement Party
Wanting to throw an engagement party? Read my Ten Engagement Party Tips and get inspired by the fantastic engagement parties we’ve featured on Polka Dot Bride
Anitra and Ben’s Whimiscal White Engagement Party
Becky and Simon’s Engagement Party
Cathleen’s Glamorous Engagement Party
Ombre Engagement Party
Katie and Morgan’s Picnic Lunch Engagement Party
Print Hall Love Story – The Celebratory Engagement Party
Cyndie and Chris’s French Style Engagement Party
Krystal and Greg’s Relaxed Engagement Party
An Enchanting Engagement At The Melbourne Aquarium
Sarah & Craig’s Rustic DIY Engagement Party
How To Throw A Glamorous Engagement Party For 250 Guests On A Budget
There are plenty more where that came from too – just check out this link to our engagement inspiration!
Photo by Emma Steendam Photography from Engagement Cork Shadowbox
Looking for some fun DIY Projects for your celebration? Pop over to Polka Dot Made and check out our engagement party projects!
Engagement Cork Shadowbox
Concrete DIY Candle Holders
DIY Cake Buffet + Free Printable Labels
DIY Photo Booth – Tutorial
Pretty Bauble Paper Garland – Tutorial
DIY Straw Flags with Printable Template – Tutorial
Autumn Paisley Wishing Tree – Tutorial
Wool Pom Pom Tutorial
DIY Heart Cupcake Toppers
DIY Ribbon Cake Bunting Tutorial
You can, of course, find more DIY tutorials here.
Image via What Would They Know? Clare Wall of Empire Events
Now if you’re already well on the way to booking vendors and ticking off lists, perhaps these handy information posts are just the ticket for your afternoon cuppa? Our vendor blog, Polka Dot Wisdom is all about vendor’s sharing their insights and is definitely worth a read!
How To Choose The All Important Wedding Date
The Wedding Countdown – Planning Your Wedding
How To Kick Off Your Wedding Planning!
Choosing The Right Photography Package – 11 Essential Questions To Ask
Why When You Put “Wedding” In Front Of Anything It Increases The Price
Weddings Are Not A Competitive Sport
Selecting the Perfect Vendors
Outsourcing Like A Boss – Why DIY?
The Wedding Expo Experience – How To Make The Most Of It!
7 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes To Avoid!
An Open Letter From Your Wedding Vendors
Or try our twenty questions series:
Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue
Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Marriage Celebrant
Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Dress Designer
Twenty Questions – What To Ask Your Cake Designer
Photo by Fifteen Photography from Justine and Sam’s Mornington Peninsula Engagement Photos
One of the first things a couple does when they’re engaged is book a photographer – with that often comes an engagement shoot which is such a fun way of commemorating what is a really special time in your life. They can also be a wonderful reminder or symbol of what you love to do together as a couple, The photo location could be the park where you were engaged, your home, a cafe you love to visit together. You could take to drinking a bottle of wine if that’s your favourite pastime, cooking in a kitchen, or bush walking.
Now let it be said I am a sucker for engagement photos – the stripped back love story of a couple and their engagement glow gets me every single time. So here’s just a few of my favourite engagement shoots we’ve featured over the years (see more engagement photos here)
Holly and Jason’s Retro Inspired Coolangatta Engagement
Natalie and Phil Engaged
Allie and Tom’s Relaxed Engagement Shoot
Flor and Brett’s Wollongong Beach Engagement
Serena and Paolo’s Silent Film Inspired Engagement Shoot
Irene and Ray Engaged
Ana and Luke Travelling Hearts Engagement Shoot
Janet and Darrell’s Whimsical Engagement Shoot
My and Janssen’s Bonnie & Clyde Style Engagement Shoot
Kristine and Chris’ River Engagement Photos
Tehan and Mandeera’s Relaxed Engagement
Photo from Unique Engagement Rings By Julia de Ville
And finally, when it comes to engagements, there is one important token that is exchanged (though really, the token can be anything you like, one of my friends received a piano she had dreamed of instead of an engagement ring and her engagement piano? It was perfect!) But in the spirit of this post, I do like poring over a beautiful piece of jewellery so here are some of my favourite engagement ring posts that just might inspire you if you’re yet to decide on the token of your own dreams!
Choosing The Ring
The Shape Of Your Bling
Coloured Engagement Rings
Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Fit For A Princess
Custom Engagement Rings From StyleRocks
Cartier Bridal Collection
Opal Engagement Rings
Black Engagement Rings From Jan Logan
Maniamania Fine Jewellery Collection “Immortalia”
Lannah Dunn Unique Engagement Rings
Now after all of that, if you want to read real stories by brides and grooms – head over to Polka Dot Weddings and Polka Dot Groom! We have plenty of brides who have shared their engagement stories, their wedding plans and their weddings with us (and a few grooms too!). But we would love to hear yours in all it’s glory, so pop over to Polka Dot Weddings and register if you’re a bride to be or newlywed or Polka Dot Groom if you’re a groom to be or newlywed. We’re always looking for stories and experiences from all kinds of people with all kinds of weddings – because that’s what we love about you our readers!