Perfect proposal winner announced

We’re excited to announce that Leanne has won the perfect proposal competition.

Leanne and her partner will be whisked away in the ultimate luxury of a chauffeur driven classic limousine from Iron Horse Carriages to a chosen location where an elegant picnic, styled by Grande Moments Weddings and Events, a bottle of champagne and a selection of tasty treats from A Little Cake Place will be waiting.

They will then take centre stage and pop the big question while Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video records this precious moment.

They also receive a dining voucher from Hamilton Hotel and free room hire for any event held there to continue this precious occasion.

We think you’ll agree that this is a perfect start to their journey to the altar.

ihc_picnic_twa029_twa

Our amazing prize contributors

Iron Horse Carriage     grandemoments_logo_vertical_RGB        ALCP_BANNER4     Masterpieces Photography + Video Logo     Hamilton Hotel

Total value of the prize – $2145. The prize is a Perfect Proposal Package featuring two hours transport by Iron Horse Carriages valued at $500. Picnic Styling by Grande Moments valued at $500. Champagne supplied by The Wedding Alley valued at $50. A tasting selection from A Little Cake Place valued at $39.90. Location photography by Masterpieces Photography + Video valued at $395, dinner voucher for two for Hamilton Hotel valued at $100 and room hire for an event at the Hamilton Hotel valued at $600.

How long should your engagement be?

He (or she) has popped the question and now you’re engaged! This is such an exciting time for you and your partner. Your friends and family will also be thrilled to be sharing in your celebration. But now the big question is how long you should wait to tie the knot.

Perfect to meHow long you are engaged will depend on your personal circumstances, family dynamics, community expectations and every couple has a unique set of variables to contemplate. This is the perfect time to anticipate your married life together and think about what you want to achieve as a couple in the short and medium term.

It’s undeniable that finances will play an enormous factor in determining the length of your engagement. Whether you have significant family support, or are doing it all yourselves, it will take time to save, not to mention having time to find the perfect time, location and suppliers to create your dream day.

In the US the average time couples are engaged is from one year to 18 months. This makes sense when thinking about booking your wedding vendors and suppliers. If you want to have your first choice of date at your venue you should expect to book at least 12-15 months in advance, perhaps more for popular venues and “marquee” dates.

Your life situation will have a large impact. Do you want to finish university first? Your work situation may involve travel, or fixed length contracts, or you simply might want have a bigger nest egg should unexpected expenses be incurred along the journey to the altar. There is nothing wrong with taking your time.

On the other hand some of these elements may also force you to move a little faster. You may also decide to speed up the process if a loved one is ill, a close friend has plans to move away or you can get a short-notice cancellation at your dream venue.

With all of your wedding decisions the most important thing is that you are both happy with your decision. The length of time you remain engaged is your choice, and we suggest you make the most of this time. Of course if you do get sick of waiting there is always the option to elope! Elvis is waiting at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas at any time of the day or night…

Happy planning x

Are you proposing on Feb 29?

Ok ladies, it’s almost here! That one elusive day that only comes once every 4 years. Yes, it’s a leap year, which means that on 29th February you can take charge and ask the big question.
Ever since the 5th Century, when, according to Irish legend, St Bridget made a complaint to St Patrick about the length of time it took a man to propose, there has been the tradition that women could ask for their partner’s hand in marriage once every four years on February 29th. Records from 13th Century Scotland appear to verify the legend, and even mention various penalties that could be imposed should the man refuse!

Of course in these enlightened times you really don’t have to wait for a random quadrennial date to take your relationship to the next level, but if you need an excuse, this may be the chance you’ve been waiting for.

After all, if you decide to wait, it’s four more years before you ‘officially’ have the chance again.
We wish you the perfect proposal, whatever that may mean to you and your partner.

Proposal