Now that you have accepted that wedding proposal, you are going to have to plan an engagement party. This is just the start of the long list of things that you are going to have to do, before you get married. There will be times when you become stressed out, but you just need to remain calm and remember to stick to the basics. With that being said you need to know some ground rules to follow, if you are not used to planning these types of events. Below you will learn some tips and information that will help you plan your engagement party.
When it comes to traditions, the bride’s parents usually take the responsibility of hosting the engagement party. However, you always have the option of hosting your own engagement party. There is nothing wrong with this and you can even have more than one engagement party, if the occasion calls for it. For instance, your parents may want to throw you a party that is strictly for the family, but you might want to host your own event that includes some of your co-workers and close friends. Two parties might even be completely necessary, if you have family that lives in different areas.
You should know that the host’s responsibilities usually include sending the invitations, decorations, food, games, and most important the host will have to cover the cost of these items.
Setting a Date
When it comes to setting the date this is really all up to your preferences. You could plan the party six weeks after the engagement or six months. The important thing to remember is that you do not want to rush things. Let everyone know that you are getting engaged and let the whole thing sink in. After all you are making a life changing decision. Also by waiting it gives you time to consider the guest list, the location of the party, and the type of event that you want to have.
Setting a budget is not just a process that you have to go through for your wedding, but you are also going to have to set a budget for your engagement party. Plus, this is going to give you a little practice. It does not matter if you plan on having a small get together. You still really need to set a budget, because you need to know how much money you are going to be able to spend and where you want to spend it. Also by setting a budget, it will give you a good idea of how many people you can invite and where you can host the party.
Many couples like to host the engagement parties in a restaurant or inside their home. However, you do not have to limit yourself to these two locations. You can go completely unique and choose a bowling alley or an art exhibit. Just keep in mind that you want to keep everything uniformed just like your wedding venue. This means you should choose a place that matches the type of party that you plan on having. For instance, if you are looking for a formal party, then you should consider a location like a country club or a hotel rooftop. You should also never try to plan an engagement party that is going to outdo your wedding. You want your guests to have memories of the wedding not the engagement party.
When it comes to planning the guest list there really aren’t many rules to stick to except for one. The rule is that anyone you invite to the engagement party has to also be invited to the wedding. This means that you should consider who and how many people you want to invite to the wedding, before you even plan the guest list for your engagement party. You do not want to invite a hundred people to the engagement party, if you plan on having a small wedding. If you are ahead of schedule and do not have any idea of your wedding guest list, then do not fret. If you find yourself in this situation, then you just want to keep your engagement party small. Invite your family and closest friends.
You always want to make sure that you send your invitations out early enough to give your guests time to prepare for the party. This is especially true, if some of your guest have to travel from a different state. A month in advance should be plenty of enough time for everyone to prepare. You also want to make sure that your invitations match your party theme. This will be the same rule for your wedding invitations. If you plan on having a cookout in your backyard, then a summertime invitation will work just fine. However, if you plan on hosting your event in a restaurant, then a paper invitation with suffice. It could even be an invitation that you made from your home computer.
Menu for the Party
Once again, when it comes to choosing the menu the choice is yours. You have the option of serving a five-course meal if you want. It is always a good rule of thumb to have something to eat and drink, but you do not have to go as far as serving a full meal. If you just plan on having snacks just make sure that you include this information on the invitations, so that you guests will be prepared for the situation.
As you can see there are a lot of things that you have to take into consideration, when you are planning an engagement party. As long as you stick to the information above you will do just fine. Planning an engagement party is a great way to get comfortable with planning your wedding. A lot of the same rules for planning the engagement party will apply to planning your wedding. In the end everything is up to you and you want to choose a style of party that best suits your needs.