Congratulations! You’re getting married. Engagement parties have become particularly popular in recent years. Most couples today throw one, inviting close family and friends together to celebrate the big news. If you’re planning an engagement party, use these tips to guarantee it’s spectacular.
This will likely be an intimate gathering—just family and close friends. It’s not necessary to send these invitations as early or in a fashion as formal as the wedding invitation, but a quick e-vite in pretty wedding stationary will ensure your guests are free that day and can mark it on their calendars.
Not into e-vites? If you already have your wedding cards picked out, why not start the wedding theme early and use the same, or similar, paper as the invitations? It creates a sense of uniformity, and it sets the tone for the rest of your wedding.
A Gorgeous Venue
Where you hold your engagement party says a lot about the type of party you’re throwing. Will it be a small venue, such as a restaurant, or will it be held in a bigger spot, such as a classy country club? Perhaps your parents offer to host it at their house.
The location you pick speaks to the formality of the space, whether it’s a backyard barbeque or a rooftop patio. Wherever you choose, remember that this day is about you, so you can set the vibe however you want. The venue doesn’t even have to relate to the wedding theme, but picking a nice spot will make the party feel extra special.
There’s no need to go all out with the decorations. If you want to, you can slowly incorporate bits of the wedding theme where possible. If you’re planning a modern wedding, use colours appropriate with the palette you’ve chosen. Add seashells and blue hues for a beach wedding or succulents and seasonal foliage for a rustic one.
Display polaroid photos of the two of you from different stages in your relationship. Serve food on engagement-themed napkins and plates. All these smaller details come together for a beautifully decorated engagement party. These simple touches speak volumes.
A Personalized Menu
Food is always a talking point—regardless of the event you’re attending. Maybe you want to plan an intimate formal dinner or hold a late morning brunch. Regardless of the dining style you choose, be sure to impress your guests with a catered menu. It could feature cuisine the two of you love, such as a dish from your favourite restaurant or the first meal you cooked together.
Catering your engagement party is a smart idea. Appetizers and drinks are nice, but you’ll likely offer that after the wedding ceremony, before the reception begins. Your family will no doubt prefer a delicious dining experience at this party instead of munching on snacks while celebrating the good news.
It’s All in the Details
Wow the crowd with the little touches. The rising popularity of wedding hashtags has made it possible to document every part of your wedding. Make it specific to you as a couple and combine your names into a funny, creative tag. Incorporate these throughout the party, letting guests know they can include them on any pictures posted to social media.
Set up games around the space. Create fun, short quizzes for friends and family and see how well they really know you as a newly engaged couple. Ask questions such as where you first met or where you had your first date.
Write in calligraphy on small chalkboards that guide guests to dessert, the gift station, and the entrance inside.
You’ll throw an unforgettable engagement party with these endearing ideas.