The time comes in every daddy’s life when Daddy’s little girl starts her journey down the aisle. She eventually finds mister right and the majority of the bill traditionally ends up in Dad’s corner. So, how do you announce to the world the coming of age of your daughter and the future addition of a son-in-law without breaking the bank? Below are a few suggestions you may want to keep in mind.
Over the years, how we announce a wedding to be has had several faces. Back in the Victorian period, when a lady became engaged, it was the responsibility of her mother to write everyone in the family and let them in on the wonderful news. Families could be miles apart and there were no phones, much less social media.
So, the traditional snail mail approach was the go-to way of informing the rest of the family. Now, there are countless ways to announce your love to the world. The majority of people choose the avenue of social media. The engagement selfie has become a very popular way to get the message across to many people at once.
A Private Celebration
A wedding engagement is a very special time for the parents, especially, but also brothers and sisters. It is a good idea to have a private celebration with just the immediate family. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Matter-of-fact, it can be completely free. Set up a family dinner at home.
Make the bride-to-be’s favorite meal, even if that’s something as simple as spaghetti and meatballs. Spend some time making memories around the table with your daughter and her bo before your little girl goes off into the world. It will be a time you look back on and smile every time. You may cry a little, too, but it will be worth it.
The Engagement Dinner
Then there is the big engagement dinner. This your daughter’s chance to announce to the world that she will be some lucky man’s wife. This will be a big deal, no doubt. You will have to take your time and invest a good amount of money in order to do it right, but you don’t have to break the bank doing it.
Some suggestions that may help are to have the dinner in your backyard. Make it a casual barbeque. You can have family and friends donate tables and chairs. Decorations can be, and in the opinion of most moms, should be homemade.
With an outdoor cookout, you can cover the tables with plastic table covers and eat on paper plates. It will be a wonderful time of fellowship with friends and family and will let your daughter know how much you love her and her hubby-to-be.
In the end, what’s important is that your daughter knows that you love her, support her, and are excited about this new chapter in her life. What you spent won’t make a difference