You have announced the engagement. Now it’s time for the real fun. It’s time you begin planning for the engagement party. In fact, your family and friends might already be asking when you are going to throw the party.
Soak in the moment. After all, it’s not every day that you get to be in this situation. The moment will come and go at the blink of an eye. Next, begin the planning.
Here are some tips to get you started –
1. Decide Who Will Host The Party
Usually, the bride’s parents throw the engagement party. But in recent times, a new trend has emerged where the parents of both the groom and the bride hosts the engagement party together. Sometimes, even a friend jumps in to organize the event and foot the bill. You have to do it yourself if no one is coming forward. The first thing you should do is plan a budget.
2. Select The Venue
The home or a restaurant is a good place for your party. But you can be creative here, and have the engagement party even at a local park, an art gallery, or at the beach. But the right approach will be to first decide whether you want it to be a formal or casual event, and then select the venue accordingly. The park or beach is a great option for a casual engagement party. If you want formal, then you may also select a hotel rooftop or a country club.
3. Create The Guest List
There is just one rule here. Any guest who comes to the engagement party must also be invited to the wedding. So it may be a good idea to keep your list small, perhaps only the closest family and friends. Another approach is to invite people who cannot come to your wedding. By including them, you will make them feel special, and also give them the opportunity to celebrate with you.
4. Send The Invitations
The invitation you send should match with the kind of event you are having. Make it formal if you are having a formal engagement party. A paper invite is good if you are having it at a chic restaurant. You can send the invitation online too. This will save you time and money. Plus, you will save paper as well. But do make sure that all the invitations are sent at least a month before the event. Also, try to spread the word around about your engagement party even before you send the invitation.
5. The Menu
There is no need for a five-course dinner with an open bar, though there is no one stopping you from doing this. Make sure that your guests at least like what you are serving. Include appetizers, perhaps a few menu stations, and desserts. For a full course, select a time between meals. Mention this in the invitation so your guests know. For instance, you can write something like this – Join us to celebrate the engagement of Janet and John with champagne and desserts.
6. Toast At The Party
As the host, it is essential that you welcome everyone and thank them for coming and being a part of the happy engagement. Other guests too may want to make toasts. Find out in advance if anyone else is interested in making toasts so that you can allocate time.