One of the greatest life privileges and pleasures to be had by a feminine woman, dove, is to be taken as the treasured *wife* of a high-value masculine man. This is a privilege that belongs to the feminine woman and one that many other women do not get to experience. *smile*
However, before officially becoming his feminine wife, you must be his feminine fiancée -- and enjoy the many pleasures that come with being the fiancée of such a man. ;-)
There are a few different festivities and "things to be done" as a feminine fiancée, lovely, but fortunately these things are enjoyable and fun, so you shouldn't fret too much about them. *smile*
*The first festivity is the right of the parents of the bride-to-be and should only be taken away if the bride-to-be no longer has any parents, is not in contact with her parents, or if her parents are unable to manage this first festivity and are encouraging others to take over.
The first festivity is an *engagement party*, where the man and woman celebrate their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Traditionally,the bride's parents hold the first engagement party for the couple before others do the same -- and oftentimes, the groom's parents will want to hold one as well, along with the bride and groom's friends.
However, it's important to give the first engagement party to the parents of the bride -- unless, as previously stated, they are unable to take it on for one reason or another.
Elegant and tasteful places to hold an engagement party include:
A garden if the host and hostess have a pleasant one available (weather permitting);
A semi-formal or formal restaurant for brunch, luncheon, or dinner;
The home of the host and hostess (provided they have room for the guests);
A tearoom if one prefers an engagement party over afternoon tea;
These are just a few options, lovely, but truly, the options are almost as endless as there are couples. *smile*
Once the parents of the bride have held their engagement party for the couple (or conceded), then the parents of the groom, siblings, and friends may hold one as well.
Other engagement festivities involve events that the bride and groom do separately!
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One popular engagement festivity is a *bridal shower*, where the bride gets everything she needs to start a home and become a *wife* (awww!).
Many women who have substantial hope chests will either forfeit the bridal shower or alter it to one of more modest proportions.
At bridal showers, a bride-to-be can either make a list of all of the things she needs (like kitchen utensils, linens, etc.) or have a theme, having all of the guests fill the theme.
*It's also common these days to have a bridal shower where the groom is present.
Different themes of bridal showers for feminine ladies include:
If the bride and groom are big tea-drinkers or enjoy entertaining over tea, then all of the guests can bring boxes of fine teas, tea china (you can register for a specific pattern), tea party cookbooks, and other tea-related things.
My personal favorite is the kitchen bridal shower theme! In this theme, the bride-to-be will collect everything she needs to prepare good meals for her future husband and for those they entertain in their home (and, of course, any children that might come along).
With the kitchen theme, a bride can make it even more specific -- an example of this would be for each guest to bring a cookbook, a recipe card with their favorite recipe, or a utensil.
If the bride and groom enjoy wine to a great extent, one can also hold a bridal shower where everyone brings either a bottle of wine or something to eat with wine, such as cheese, bread, crackers, and fruit.
A linen bridal shower is also another popular idea and is very straightforward -- the guests simply bring sheets, towels, pillowcases, and tablecloths. *smile*
*It's also common and traditional for the groom to have a bachelor party -- even though many of us think of bachelor parties as vulgar and wild affairs, traditionally they were a time for the groom to thank his friends and enjoy tasteful masculine time together.
One event that not every bride does but I'm a big fan of is the "bridal luncheon", "bridal brunch," or "bridal tea" -- in my opinion, this is a very important event to have, and one that unfortunately too few brides partake in.
And if you had a bridal shower, all the more important!
This is because the point of a bridal tea, luncheon, or brunch is to thank all of your bridesmaids and female relatives and friends for all of their love and help both throughout the years and also in the planning of the wedding.
The reason why I feel that it's important to have a bridal tea, luncheon, or brunch, especially if you had a bridal shower, is that your bridesmaids and other women involved in your life and wedding planning process invested time and money into making sure that you have a good wedding day.
That's why it's nice for you to have an event that's about thanking them, honoring them, and showing your appreciation. *smile*
Well, darling, that's all for my article "The Feminine Lady's Engagement Festivities - Part I". I hope you liked it! :-)
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