Engaged and wondering what’s next? Plan an engagement party! If you’re planning an engagement party for yourself, a friend, or a 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!
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.
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).
You can find a lovely assortment of engagement party invites here in differing themes, styles, and colors here.
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.
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 the 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 SophiaMariePaperie.
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.
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