Getting engaged is a huge life milestone and one that should be celebrated with friends and loved ones. What better way to celebrate than with an engagement party with everyone? Here are some tips from the experts on finding a venue and planning a fabulous engagement party.
Decide on your Engagement Party budget
If money is no object for your engagement party, you can skip to the next section, but most of us have a sensible limit to what we have available to spend. Defining a lower and upper limit on what you’re willing to spend on your celebration will help you balance the allocation of the costs amongst everything you need to cover.
These costs usually include invitations, venue hire, food, bar tab, decorations and props, equipment (e.g. audio and visual) and entertainment. Your budget will also help you decide the appropriate number of guests to invite.
Choose a Venue
There are a several options to consider when it comes to choosing an engagement party venue. Some venues offer private function rooms or reserved tables and booths in a public area. The venue may offer indoor and outdoor areas for hire. Depending on the size of your budget, you can go for something minimal that will still be fun to something quite extravagant. Whatever your choice of venue, you’ll need to make sure it has enough capacity to look after all your guests.
Other than the size of your guest list, the engagement party location should be convenient to get to, with adequate parking and situated close to several forms of public transport. Also think about whether the venue is a good fit for any activities or party games you have in mind.
If you want to follow tradition, then it’s up to the soon-to-be-bride’s parents to host. Of course, lots of couples are doing their own thing these days and they’re opting for different arrangements. Some couples choose to have both sets of parents plan the event while other couples take it upon themselves to organise a party. It’s completely up to you but just know that choosing a location for the event is crucial.
Start making lists
Once you have a budget set for the event, you can start creating various lists for the guests and invitations, the food and drinks, and the decorations you’ll need. Lists keep things organised; plus, they can be shared online with your partner and any other event hosts.
As for the guest list, it’s entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that whoever you invite to your engagement celebration should also be invited to your wedding. Besides that, feel free to invite whoever you want. Don’t feel as if you have to invite everyone; close friends and family members are just fine for some couples. Do what feels right for you!
The most exciting list to make, for most people, is the menu. It’s common for engagement party venues to feature bar-style appetizers and platters rather than a full sit-down meal. However, you should do whatever you want because it’s your celebration. As for the decor, the nice thing is that you don’t have to be as detailed as the actual wedding. There’s no need to choose your colour scheme or match your flowers to your dress. Sometimes there’s great beauty in simplicity.
Plan some activities
Your engagement party is your chance to celebrate the wonderful news with those you love most. A great way to get people talking and mingling with each other is to have some planned games and activities. Some popular games include trivia about the engaged couple, or getting the couple to hold up a pink or blue paddle when asked personal questions.
At the end of the day, as long as you’ve got your closest friends and loved ones around you, it doesn’t matter what you do. That being said, these tips will take a lot of the guesswork out of planning!