An engagement party sets the mood for the main wedding day and gives you an opportunity to bring together family and friends to celebrate your engagement. In order to achieve a successful engagement party you need some planning. Here are some of the tips you require to put together a memorable day.
Choose a planner
An engagement party obviously needs a bit of planning and definitely needs a planner. It’s the responsibility of the couple to choose their ideal planner. Close friends could really come through during this period. They could pitch in financially if they are willing to, assuming that you are not planning for an expensive party. In some instances the parents of the bride or the groom may decide to organize the party, which is, pretty much ok.
Choose a date
The best time to hold your engagement party is a few days after the engagement. It’s always advisable to do so because the announcement is still fresh in people’s mind.
Prepare a guest list
It’s important to have in mind the people that will be attending the engagement party. One thing that you should remember is that all the guests enlisted to attend the engagement party must also be on the guest list of your wedding day. If you are not really sure on how big your wedding would be, it’s advisable to invite guests that you are sure will attend your wedding.
Choose a venue
There are a variety of choices when it comes to choosing a location for the engagement party. Assuming that it’s not the big day yet, many couples prefer a low key party with only a couple of friends and family invited. In this case you may choose to settle for a private room or a house for that matter just to accommodate your guests. In case you are planning for a bigger event then an outdoor party would be appropriate.
In this internet age, I find soft copy designed cards so useful and less laborious. You can also send invitations through text messages. If you decide to print cards, choose a simple design and save the more detailed card for the wedding day.
Select the menu
Remember that it’s just an engagement party and you don’t want to go overboard with the budget. Forget about five course meals and stick to a simple menu or a simple buffet. Even a barbeque could be a nice idea. Refreshments should be included in the menu to keep the guests occupied throughout the session.