Congratulations on your engagement. If you would like to gather loved ones to honor this exciting time your life, we are here to help. We’ve put together some engagement party planning basics to help you plan a sensational celebration. From when to have your party, to custom engagement party invitations and food ideas, we’ve got it covered.
When to have your engagement party. An engagement party should be thrown within a few months of the engagement. The window is a little bigger if you are going to have a lengthy engagement. You want a make sure several months is between your engagement party and your wedding day. If your engagement is going to be under 3 months and you would still like to have an engagement celebration, consider an intimate dinner with just close family and friends shortly after the proposal.
Who hosts the engagement party? Traditionally, the bride’s family is the one to host the engagement party but many couple’s choose to host their own engagement party or ask all three parties (the couple, the bride’s family and the groom’s family) to contribute to the event. Ultimately, you have work out what works for you and your family.
Who should come to the engagement party? Anyone who you invite to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding but not everyone that is invited to the wedding has to be invited to the engagement party. Therefore, you can tailor your guest list to fit the venue size and budget. It is certainly acceptable to have a more intimate engagement party. You can choose what works for you.
Engagement Party Venues. Choosing a venue for your engagement party will in part, be dependent on your guest list. You don’t want to upstage your wedding in any way so choose something fun and different than your wedding venue. Perhaps a dinner at the restaurant you had your first date at or beach bonfire at your favorite spot. Choose a place that will house the number of guests invited comfortably.
Engagement Party Invitations. You want to send out engagement party invitations 2 to 3 weeks prior to your party date. You can be more informal with your party invitations and they do not have to match your wedding theme or colors. Sending photo engagement invites is a fun way to showcase your exciting news.
Engagement Party Decorations. Keep the decorations in the opposite theme of your wedding. If you are having a beach wedding, maybe having an indoor engagement party at a winery might be fun. You don’t want your engagement party to compete with your wedding day. Let the venue be the majority of the decor. Great lighting and a few floral displays are all you really need. Setting up pictures of you and your betrothed is always fun for guests to look at too.
Engagement Party Food and Drink. Unless you are having your engagement party in a restaurant and want to have a full sit down dinner, it certainly isn’t required. Appetizers and cocktails are perfect and allow people to mingle easily. Consider bringing some of your favorite things as a couple to the table. A signature cocktail, a favorite style of cuisine, the more of you incorporated into your party, the better!
Enjoy your engagement party! Congratulations!