If you have just decided to get married, your focus may be on planning a wedding. However, before you take that important step, you might want to think about an engagement party. An engagement party is the perfect way for couples to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with family and friends and it can also provide the perfect opportunity for each spouse’s family members to get to know each other.
An engagement party can be a lot of fun to plan but one must make sure to differentiate so that it is not too similar to the wedding party. Keeping that in mind, here are some tips for planning an engagement party all your guests are sure to remember.
When Should You Throw an Engagement Party?
It is best to have an engagement party a few months into your engagement. That way a couple will have some time to get used to the idea of being engaged but the party will still be far enough from the wedding date so that they will have plenty of time to plan both events.
Who Should Host an Engagement Party?
An engagement party can be hosted by anyone who shows enthusiasm for the event. This can be a relative, friend, or the couple themselves.
How Formal or Casual Can the Party Be?
An engagement party should be decidedly less formal than a wedding. However, it can also reflect the theme of your wedding. So, if your wedding is going to be formal, you may want to carry that into your engagement party with an elevated theme that includes lots of high-end glamour.
However, if your wedding is going to be less extravagant, you might want your engagement party to be fun and casual. Think along the lines of an ice cream social or a fun brunch with your friends.
Who Should You Invite to Your Engagement Party?
An engagement party can be a great way to make everyone feel included. For instance, if you want your wedding to be exclusive to your closest friends and relatives, you can invite people that you don’t know as well to your engagement party, like co-workers and more distant friends.
On the other hand, if you are having a big wedding and inviting tons of guests, you may want to keep your engagement party more intimate.
Finding the Right Venue
Because an engagement party does not have to be as formal as a wedding, you can host it just about anywhere. It can be held at the host’s house or a bar or restaurant. Of course, if you are going for a more formal vibe, you may consider a country club or another type of venue.
Should You Expect Gifts?
Because a wedding is coming soon, an engagement party is not typically an event where the couple will collect gifts. Guests in attendance may want to bring a bottle of wine for the host, but other than that, gifts should be kept to a minimum. The host may even want to include wording on the invitation to let guests know it is not necessary to bring a gift.
What Type of Activities Should You Have at Your Engagement Party?
Because an engagement party tends to be less formal in nature than a wedding, it is not necessary to have anything more than toasts planned as an activity. However, having a band play can really liven up the atmosphere and keep guests entertained.
It is advisable to get a band that can adapt to any type of atmosphere from a something small and elegant to something livelier and more vibrant. There are several bands that you can hire that can transform providing you with music that can range from jazz to pop and can be a four piece or twenty piece ensemble.
An engagement party is not necessary, but it can be a fun way for a bride and groom’s family and friends to get together and celebrate the couple’s love. Now that you know the ground rules, you have the tools for creating an event everyone is sure to enjoy. Good luck enjoying your life together!