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Planning the Perfect Engagement Party

Before Planning Your Wedding, Plan the Engagement Party

An engagement party is the perfect way to mark the occasion and celebrate the big news with your closest friends and family. It’s a time to come together, tell your how-he/she-asked story, and enjoy this special time in your life. If it’s your job to plan the engagement party, here are five ways to make it perfect.

Choose Your Party Style

Picture your ideal engagement party. Is it fun and casual, like an outdoor barbecue? Elegant and classy, with cocktail waiters and mini quiches? The great thing about an engagement party is that there are no rules! You can throw exactly the kind of celebration you want. Once you have an idea of the type of party and theme, you can find the ideal location.

Register for Gifts

This step is optional – not every couple chooses to register for the engagement party. If you do, ask for gifts you can use for the wedding, such as pieces of décor. You can create your wedding registry early, in time for the engagement party, in case guests start asking about what to buy you and your spouse. Some couples today create “honeyfunds,” or online accounts on sites like Go Fund Me to collect money for a honeymoon instead of traditional registry gifts.

Send Out the Invites

Yes, your engagement party should have official invitations. Make them formal mailed invites or create a social media group – just make sure those invited get the important details. Your invites should include the date, time, location, dress code, and gift guidelines. Include family members of both sides, close friends, and wedding party members on your guest list. Don’t invite anyone who is not invited to the wedding.

Come Up with Menu Ideas

Depending on your venue, you may have specific menu options to choose from. If this is the case, choose at least one vegetarian dish and one meat dish as a general rule of thumb. If you get free rein of your menu, get creative! Hit Pinterest for DIY finger food ideas, or browse the menus of local caterers. Choose food that fits the formality of the occasion.

Plan Fun Activities

Like a bridal shower, the engagement party can have activities for guests to enjoy. Play trivia games about how well you know the couple, create customized Bingo cards, or play a round of The (Almost) Newlywed Game with the engaged couple.

Your engagement party will set the tone for the rest of your wedding season. So plan wisely and enjoy the ride!


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