Planning an Engagement Party

Yay, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to get down to business. Have you begun to plan an engagement party yet? If not, we are here to help! Here’s a list of things you need to do for an awesome celebration of your engagement.

 Setting the Engagement Party Date

Planning to have a long engagement? It’s okay to wait a few months after he pops the question to have the party. Otherwise, it usually takes place a couple of months after the engagement. Either way, make sure it takes place closer to the engagement than to the actual wedding day.

Compiling the Engagement Party Guest List

If you’re going to invite someone to your engagement party, they really should be invited to the wedding also.  This means that the guest list for your wedding ultimately will help with the guest list for the party. When planning who will be invited, start with your closest family first, followed by best friends, and so on. There can be as many or as few people as you would like to be there, it’s up to you!

Engagement Party Invites

Depending on your style and the vibe you’re going for, your invites can really be as simple or fancy as you’d like them to be. If it’s a smaller party, word of mouth or an e-vite is perfectly acceptable. However if it’s going to be a formal dinner or something super elegant, you may want to consider sending out paper invites. You’ll want to get the invitations out about a month before the party to give everyone plenty of time to prepare and schedule. If they are from out of town, four to six weeks may be necessary.

Engagement Party Menu and Cocktail Ideas

Dinner doesn’t have to be some 5-course, sit-down extravaganza. Buffets and hors d’oeuvres are really the best way to go. You could also have a theme for your menu items. Where was your first date? If you went to a Mexican restaurant, try chips and salsa or guacamole.

Engagement Party Decor

What theme do you want to go for? Make it something completely different from the style of your wedding. If you plan on having a formal wedding in a ballroom, try out a relaxed beach-going engagement party outside with beautiful tropical colors. You want to make sure you are out doing whatever you have planned for the big day. As far as flowers go, a few small arrangements would be just fine and will instantly perk up any party. But don’t forget to look beyond the flowers, too. Colorful fabric for the tables and food areas will really brighten up the atmosphere.

Engagement Party Timeline

Typically the father of the bride is the one who makes the first toast which announces the engagement. However, the host of the party, the mother, or even the fiance’s parents could make the speech if you would like. After this, you and your future hubby should take some time to thank everyone before allowing anyone else to speak. You will also definitely want to have some music. You could hire a DJ, a local band, or just keep it simple and have someone take control of the iPod.

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