Getting engaged is a big milestone in a person’s life. Not everyone has the chance to find a soulmate whom they can spend their lives with. Therefore, you must celebrate this joyous occasion with your friends and family. Organizing a memorable engagement party doesn’t require professional event planning skills. You just need to keep these helpful tips in mind:
Set a Date
Usually, an engagement party is held a month after the proposal. This gives guests enough time to free their schedules and maintain everyone’s excitement. Remember, that not many people have seen the ring and they would be eager to see it.
Create the Guest List
As a general rule, people will expect to be invited to your wedding if they’re invited to the engagement party, so start by creating a preliminary guest list for the wedding. Do note that this event is about you and your partner and the people you want to celebrate with. Keep your engagement party guest list smaller so you get to talk to everyone and do not let your parents pressure you. Furthermore, if you want an intimate wedding, or have a limited guest list because of the destination or venue, then invite all the guests you want to the party. This way it’s clear that you’re celebrating with them as the wedding will be a much smaller event.
Choose a Host
Typically, the hosts would be the bride’s family, but there’s no hard rule on who hosts the engagement party. It’s also common for a couple to throw the party with their parents. Discussing the budget early on with them is vital so that you’ll know how much you can spend on the party.
Select a Venue
The venue will depend on the guest numbers and the ambiance you’re trying to create. If you want a more formal event, then hire a private room in your favorite restaurant. However, if you want something casual, you can book a local bar or cafe where guests can drop by. If you have a limited budget, then you can have a BBQ or picnic in a local park or your parent’s garden. Should you be lucky enough to live in Morgantown, WV, then you’ll have plenty of venue options to choose from.
Choose the Theme
Since it’s unlikely that you have already chosen your wedding theme, it’s best to choose something easy for now. Do you and your partner love to travel? Then an adventure theme is a perfect choice. Are you both movie fanatics? A Hollywood theme. Love street food? Food Trucks. A seasonal theme is wonderful too.
Send the Invites
As soon as you have chosen the date, then you can start sending invites. Sending paper invites is nice, but they’re expensive and not good for the environment. Opt for e-vites instead. You can create a pretty one online and send it to your guests.