So here’s to kicking off the event of the year. There are a couple of different celebrations that will follow so how you setup this one will like your save the dates set the tone for the rest of your engagement and wedding planning experience.
Initially this celebration was setup for the families to get to know each other and get acquainted, but know these events have taken on the form of grander celebration, especially if you have chosen to invite family and friends. So Here’s a few tips on what to think about when you start the planning process of announcing your engagement to the people who are most near and dear to you.
Typically the first question on everyone’s mind is should they even have an engagement party to begin with. So here we stand, a quick look at the pros and cons of even throwing this party to begin with.
Should You Have an Engagement Party?
Pros: Engagement parties allow you to announce your engagement to your nearest and dearest friends and family in a fun way.
They're a great way for your families and friends to get to know each other.
Hey, any excuse to have a party with people you love, right?
Cons: Having an engagement party forces you to have a sense of your wedding guest list early, as you shouldn't invite anyone who won't be invited to the wedding.
It is an extra event to plan for and pay for or to have someone else plan and pay for.
If you don't have a particularly long engagement (6 months or less) it may seem awkward to have another party so close to your wedding
Now that we’ve made it through that let’s move on to getting this party started!
Things to consider when planning your engagement party
1.Who hosts and gets on the guest list of this bash anyway?
Traditionally, the engagement party is hosted by the bride's parents, but friends of the couple and other relatives may want to organize the gathering as well. The couple may opt to have two or more parties: one for relatives and family friends, for instance, and another for their own friends. Immediate family members, close extended family, and the intimate circle of best friends should receive invitations. This is not the time to invite coworkers you only see at the office.
Everyone you plan to include in the bridal party should receive an invitation to the engagement party unless they are long distance. You may still want to let them know about it, in case they have an opportunity to take an extra trip. This includes maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, and groomsmen.
People who are invited to the engagement party should also be on the wedding guest list. To do otherwise may hurt the feelings of those left out of celebrating the most important day of the couple’s life. Most of the time, it's appropriate to have one party with everyone in attendance, but there may be an issue if the couple’s families and friends are from different areas. In that case, it's okay to have two separate events. If you have a single engagement party, do your best to have guests equally representing both sides of the couple
2.Creating a budget?
Creating a budget for this event will solely depend on the number of people you invite to any event. Take into the other factors of throwing a fabulous party, and build that into the cost. Decide the feeling for the event a casually planned event will always be a little less expensive depending on the level of experience you want your guest to have. Major budget factors would include:
3.When to throw this shindig?
For those with especially long engagements, engagement parties are held one to three months after the engagement, and/or about a year before the wedding. For others, it can be held any time more than six months before the wedding.
4.Creating a your wedding experience begins here, too.
For many there are 2 routes you can take when you begin planning the aesthetic of this day. One to either make your entire experience cohesive, or two create a celebration experience all its own. Making it a cohesive experience. If you already have your wedding colors in mind here’s a direction you can take, take your color palette and make it a lighter effect.
The second idea is to simply create an entirely new experience and theme, the thing i love most about theme is that they have the ability to really showcase you as a couple. Love to go wine tasting? Create that experience and share it with your guests. (Via: popsugar)
Love to do picnics in the park there are elegant ways to recreate that as well.
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Be creative, this is another way to introduce to the world, who you are as a couple, so choose a theme together, preferably something you love doing together, it gives your family and friends a glimpse into your world as a couple.
Need a checklist to go, download this handy little checklist to take with you on your engagement party planning journey.
I want to hear from you, Let me know whether you decided to have an engagement party or not?