The love of your life finally popped the BIG QUESTION and without hesitation you screamed with excitement “YES”. Everything seems so surreal but it’s finally happening, you are getting married!
At this point, you may have a million and one questions running through your mind as it relates to the next steps of preparing for a new chapter in your life. It’s ok…relax, breathe, start with something fun and plan your engagement party. The engagement party will essentially be your “kick off party” for the wedding festivities and begins the countdown to the BIG DAY.
Traditionally, this event is held within a few months of the proposal; during the blissful, easygoing, newly engaged period prior to getting down to business with serious wedding planning. Thus, the ideal time frame to have an engagement party is 9 to 11 months before your wedding date. However, in present time, some couples are more reluctant and will host an engagement party whenever they please.
Whether couples opt follow etiquette rules or not, an engagement party maybe planned flawlessly by simply following our guidelines:
Determine the host. By tradition, the bride’s parents are responsible for hosting the couples’ engagement party. However, the groom’s parents or anyone who is close to the couple are welcome to plan and pay for this event. Due to the fact that the bride’s parents have first right, it is important for other prospective hosts to communicate with the family.
Select a date. As previously stated, an engagement party is generally held within the first few months following the proposal while it’s still fresh and new. Therefore, select a responsible date within in the suggested time frame of 9 to 11 months before your actual wedding date.
Create a VIP guest list. To make life all so simple, the VIP guest list compiled for the engagement party should be the same list utilized for the wedding. Therefore, the host of the party should work collectively with the couple in order to obtain this information. If you are unsure as to how many people you would like to attend the wedding, it’s best to limit your guests to those you are certain will receive an invitation to the wedding.
Pick out a venue. Depending on the size of the party or the type of environment you’re seeking, an engagement party can be held in a private room at restaurant, a clubhouse, in a backyard or at a family member’s house.
It’s time to send out invitations! Keep it classy, but nothing too fancy! Your engagement party invitations do not, we repeat, DO NOT have to match your wedding stationary. Therefore, keep it simple and choose a nice classic design.
Plan a menu. Your menu can consist of delicious appetizers to a simple buffet style meal or if your event is being held outdoors you can never go wrong with having a cookout.
Display your love journey. This area is optional. You can select a theme or display something that represents your love story.
Choose a fit. Wear an outfit that compliments your party setting. Whether the party is outdoors or at an upscale venue, your fiancées’ outfit should nicely complement yours.
Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!