Congratulations, you're engaged! After sharing the news with your family and family and posting your ring on Instagram, it's time to start thinking about celebrating this joyous occasion! Not sure where to start and what to do? We'll tell you everything you need to know about the pre-wedding party.
What is an Engagement Party?
An engagement party is a celebration of your engagement with your family and close friends. It's a great way to not only officially celebrate an important event, but also to break the ice between those people the couple wants to invite to the wedding. You don't need to think of a full entertainment program. An engagement party usually consists of mingling, cocktails, a delicious dinner and, of course, plenty of well wishes.
Should We Throw It?
Before you start planning the party, ask yourself the question, "Do I really want to celebrate my engagement?" After all, this is not just for friends and family, but first and foremost for the couple. If you realize that you want to celebrate the two of you and not spend money on a big reception, that's totally fine. After all, you'll still have the opportunity to throw a party before the official ceremony - like a bachelorette or a pre-wedding dinner.
The Date, Place And Guests
There are no boundaries, when it comes to pre-wedding parties. Some throw large-scale celebrations that resemble an entire wedding with a hundred guests. But more oftenthan not, an engagement party is an intimate event that is celebrated only with your closest friends and loved ones. Ordinarily, the number of guests does not exceed 20-30. You can celebrate at a local, stylish restaurant, rent a small outdoor venue, or have a cosy dinner at home. In terms of dates, don't set it right after you get engaged. Allow yourself to take a deep breath and exhale and enjoy your new status. Choose a date when you have time to organize something meaningful. Another factor to consider is the availability of your guests. Try to choose a day when most of the people you would like to celebrate with will be in town, and let them know the date in advance so they can adjust their plans.
The Most Important Tips
First and foremost, determine a budget. As it was mentioned, there are no rules here. You can invite a lot of guests, rent a whole restaurant, hire a photographer, and order invitations. But if you do not have the opportunity or desire to organize a big celebration, you can hold an intimate dinner at home with minimal expenses. Remember that this is an informal celebration, so relax and try to enjoy it. You do not have to organize an engagement party as thoughtfully and responsibly as you plan a wedding. For example, speaking of clothing, you don't need to buy a lavish outfit and an expensive suit especially for the engagement party. Choose simple, comfortable, but stylish outfits that will photograph and make your feel fabulous!