While in the past it was traditional for the bride's family to host the engagement party, many couples are deciding to take on the task themselves. But you may have some questions such as when to have it and who to invite. Not to worry, here are a few tips to help you start planning a flawless engagement party!
When? The best time to throw an engagement party is within two to four months after getting engaged. This will give you time to relax and enjoy the first month of your engagement but will also allow enough time before the serious wedding planning begins. Once you have a date, send out your invitations about a month before to give your guests time to plan ahead.
Who? If you are hosting your own engagement party, it is a good idea to make sure everyone invited is also invited to the wedding. This will help to avoid any awkward conversations. If you're not sure who to invite, start by creating your wedding guest list and then trim it down to just your wedding party and closest friends and family.
Where? When deciding on a location for your engagement party, it is important to remember you're not only setting the stage for the rest of the party, but the wedding day as well. If you're planning to have a low key backyard wedding, it doesn't make the most sense to have a rooftop cocktail party downtown. You never want to give your guests such high expectations that the engagement party outshines your big day.
What? What else do you need? Food, drinks and decorations! Buffets and hors d'oeuvres are always a great option because it allows your guests to eat and mingle at their leisure. If you haven’t picked out your wedding colors yet don't worry! The colors at your engagement party don't have to match. Just choose a color pallet to maintain some cohesion between the invitations and centerpieces or any other decorations you might have.
Why? One of the main purposes of an engagement party is to give your loved ones the opportunity to congratulate you in person! To do so, some of your guests may want to bring a gift. While it may seem a bit premature, it is never too early to start a gift registry. Guests love having that guidance plus it’s much more enjoyable to register before you have to start worrying about final guest counts. Once you answer these questions, the rest of your planning will be a breeze!
Planning your own engagement party is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the wedding planning process. Choosing vendors and designing invitations may sound super fun to you, but if just the thought of choosing a florist is completely overwhelming, consider hiring a wedding planner! We want you to enjoy this journey and Jolly Events is here for you every step of the way.