How to Plan an Engagement Party

Engaged and wondering what’s next? Plan an engagement party! If you’re planning an engagement party for yourself, a friend, or family member, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll answer your top engagement party planning questions, inspire you with engagement party ideas, and show you one of the greatest engagement party surprises we’ve ever seen. Let’s get started!

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-coral party dress (cute, right? i want.) by cowgirl heaven
-engagement invitations by umama
-coral chevron straws by dress my cupcake
-kraft heart garland by red elephant creative
-diamond engagement ring by barbara michelle jacobs
-coral paper lantern by koyal wholesale
-white paper lantern by weddingstar
-paper mache letters by darice

How to Plan an Engagement Party

An engagement party is not required, but it is a great way to share your excitement with friends and family. It’s also a perfect way for families to mingle. An engagement party is also a fantastic time to announce your wedding party as the official start of the wedding festivities begin.

Who Hosts an Engagement Party?

Traditionally an engagement party is hosted by family or friends, but you can absolutely throw your own!

Who is Invited to an Engagement Party?

An engagement party can be small or large. The only rule is to only invite guests who will also be invited to the wedding. Small intimate dinners, large backyard BBQs, or chic rooftop parties are some of our favorite engagement party ideas.

How to Plan an Engagement Party - Rooftop! Love this.  Photo by Abby Jiu

photo by abby jiu via bridal guide

Should Formal Invitations Be Sent?

Formal invitations are optional, especially if the engagement party is more casual. For a fancier fête, invites can be sent via mail (sent 3-4 weeks in advance).

What Does an Engagement Party Entail?

An engagement party is a gathering of friends and family to celebrate your engagement. Guests will chat, mingle, and of course, swoon over your gorgeous ring. ;) Typically, an engagement party includes dinner, which can be a formal sit-down or a casual BBQ. In lieu of dinner, cocktails and appetizers can be served.

How to Plan an Engagement Party via - BBQ Engagement!  Great idea for an intimate engagement party.  Via Happiness Is.

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The theme of your engagement party should not be the same theme of your wedding, nor should it upstate your wedding. As a rule of thumb, you may want to do the opposite of the wedding. If the wedding is formal, go with a more casual engagement party.


An engagement party typically includes a toast (or two) from guests. As a rule of thumb, the father of the bride is first to give a toast.


A game is a fun way to break the ice! One example is a bride and groom trivia game by Harmony Creative Studio.


by harmony creative studio

When you plan an engagement party, it’s helpful to pick a color palette. Black and red is one such palette, as shown below…

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-wine bottle labels by nancy nikko design
-red poms by dress my cupcake
-black poms by dress my cupcake
-engagement invitation by janette chiu design
-love burlap banner by mirtillo shop
-he popped the question favors by posh box couture
-ring sugar cookies by bites baked goods
-red heart party picks by gnomes whimsy
-mustache and lips props by the party penguin
-diamond engagement ring by barbara michelle jacobs
-red candy kit by big dot of happiness
-wooden heart by uncle john’s cabin
-sparklers by vip sparklers

Don’t forget the sparklers!

How to Plan an Engagement Party - don't forget the sparklers! Photo by Abby Jiu.

photo by abby jiu via bridal guide

The Surprise Engagement Party

I read this story and it gave me goosebumps! Ryan surprised Molly with a proposal – caught on camera! – followed by a surprise engagement party immediately following. She had no idea! How sweet.

How to Plan an Engagement Party via - wedding proposal on camera (photo: photographs by sabrina via how he asked)How to Plan an Engagement Party via - wedding proposal on camera (photo: photographs by sabrina via how he asked)How to Plan an Engagement Party via - wedding proposal on camera (photo: photographs by sabrina via how he asked)

photos by photographs by sabrina via how he asked

What’s Most Important about an Engagement Party?

The most important part of an engagement party is to RELAX, enjoy, and embrace the moment! The wedding planning process will go by quickly, so be sure to stop and enjoy it while it’s happening.

Happy Planning!


Now it’s your turn! Will you plan an engagement party for yourself or a friend? Do you want an engagement party? Why or why not?

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June 24, 2015 3:56 pm

How do I go about throwing a surprise engagement party for my fiancee Ashley hillman

Victoria Reed
May 9, 2014 6:52 am

Love these photos! great ideas!

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July 11, 2013 5:19 pm

Really great insights on how to plan an engagement party! I think implementing games and sparklers are amazing ideas to get everyone excited about the upcoming festivities!

July 11, 2013 7:22 pm

Hi Charmaine! I’m glad you liked the post – games and sparklers seem to break the ice with guests, so that’s always great when trying to introduce two families together. Thanks for stopping by!

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