He got down on one knee, popped the question and now you have a sparkly diamond on your finger. What now?
It’s time to celebrate! And the best way to do that is with an engagement party.
You may be thinking “Wait, I have to plan an engagement party AND a wedding?” But the answer is no, engagement parties aren’t always necessary. But they are a fun way to get the wedding celebrations started off right!
Planning your engagement party doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, and chances are you’ll have lots of help from your friends and family. Here are our six steps for planning an engagement party that you and all of your guests will love:
1. Pick a date
You just got engaged. Give yourself a little time to breathe before jumping right into engagement party planning. Make sure you have enough time to just enjoy being engaged.
Before you decide on a date for your engagement party, you should decide on your wedding date. If the perfect venue is only available on a date six months away, you may choose to forgo the engagement party to focus on wedding planning.
Once you have an idea of when the wedding will take place, you can work backwards to find a time that will work best for you to throw the engagement party.
2. Set a budget
Just like you should figure out your wedding date before the engagement party date, you should also decide on your wedding budget first. You’ll want to ensure you have enough money for both events.
If someone else is throwing the engagement party on your behalf, discuss the budget with them. Knowing your budget will help you make decisions on the venue, food and other details.
3. Find a venue
When choosing a venue, think about what style event you’d like to have. For a formal event, you may want to go with a country club or even a banquet hall. But a low-key event will be perfect at a casual restaurant or even your backyard.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, and go for something more unique like a beach party or a BBQ. It doesn’t have to match what you’re doing for the wedding either.
4. Invite guests
Your engagement party guest list doesn’t have to be long. You may choose to keep it to just your close friends and family. But if you extend the list, just be sure that whoever you invite to the engagement party will get an invitation to the wedding, too.
Sending out formal invitations is optional for your engagement party. If you want, you can just go with word of mouth. Whatever style of party you’re going with, your choice of invitations should match it.
5. Choose a menu
What kind of food will you eat? Catering or home cooking? Will you serve dinner or just drinks and appetizers? There are lots of different ways to go with your menu. Your guests won’t necessarily expect a five-course meal, but make sure that if you don’t serve a meal, you make it clear on your invitations.
Once you have all the details settled, it’s time for the fun part – the celebration! Consider wearing a white dress or outfit to stand out as the bride. And be prepared to show off your beautiful diamond ring!