Decide Who’s Hosting
Traditionally, the bride’s Parents is meant to host the engagement party but things have changed over the years. Both Parents can jointly host the party. Since more than one engagement party can be held, both families can decide to host different parties at different dates.
The groom’s Parents should however check with the bride’s with regards to dates so that their party will held after that of the bride’s family.
Set a Date
The engagement party is usually held after the couples become engaged. You might decide to celebrate few weeks after the proposal or six months to the wedding planning.
Determine the Budget
No matter how low key you want the party to be, a budget should always be determined so that the host’s family will have an idea of how much they’ll be spending. It will also make you determine the venue to be used and the number of guests that can be invited.
Determine Your Guest List
The engagement party is more intimate than that of the wedding ceremony.
Traditionally, the guests invited to your engagement party must be invited to your wedding. You should therefore consider your guests list with respect to the size of your wedding.
You can plan on keeping it simple with your family and close friends to avoid hurting people’s feelings.
Choose a Venue
Consider choosing a venue that your family and friends will feel comfortable with. It’s just not just about you and your spouse but also the choice of your loved ones.
Note that your engagement party should not be celebrated more than your main wedding.
Plan the Menu
Plan on serving simple and creative dishes that the guests will enjoy. This could be an appetizer to tasting menu stations or a simple buffet.
Decide on What To Wear
Consider going for simple attire that complements with your party settings.
You can visit a local bakery to choose a great cake flavor. The cake can be decorated with a lovely picture of the bride and groom.
The engagement party invitation should include basic information such as the date, location, time and RSVP contact of the invited guests.
You can send the invitations by an online invitation, wedding website or it can he delivered by hand to your family and loved ones.
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