Engagement Party Checklist
April 10th, 2014
An engagement party is a great way to celebrate your engagement, share your happy news, and encourage your families to get to know each other.
Before you get carried away with making wedding plans, stop and take a moment to think about making plans for your engagement party.
Typically, the engagement party is held a few months after you get engaged. Here is a checklist to help you plan for your engagement party.
8 – 10 Weeks before the Engagement Party
1. Decide who will be hosting the party. According to tradition, the bride’s family usually hosts the engagement party. However, the groom’s family may wish to be included in hosting the event, or they may want to throw an additional engagement party. If you expect to have a large number of friends and family in attendance, it may be nice to have two separate parties so that you have time to talk with each person. Be sure to invite both of your immediate families to each party, though, so that you can all spend a little time getting to know each other.
2. Set a date! Anytime within a few months after the proposal is fine.
3. Create a guest list. Talk with your future in-laws to make sure you are including their family members who you may not know. Anyone who is invited to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding and reception.
4. Decide whether to register. You can register before the engagement party, or you can discreetly request no gifts on the invitation. If you do register now, try to stick with lower cost items. There are showers and the wedding still to come. If guests do bring gifts, wait until after the party to open them.
4 – 6 Weeks before the Engagement Party
1. Mail invitations. The tone of the engagement party should be similar to the tone of the wedding, so if the wedding will be casual, keep the engagement party casual, as well. An engagement party is generally a more relaxed atmosphere in which the two families can get to know each other.
2. Choose decorations. The decorations don’t need to be elaborate; you can save that for the wedding. A few small touches, like your engagement photo and a floral centerpiece, are just fine.
3. Select a menu. You could do anything from a casual pizza night to a sit down meal at a fine restaurant or cocktails and appetizers at home. Take note of any allergies or food specifications of your guests when you are planning the menu.
1 Week before the Engagement Party
1. Shop for food, drinks, and decorations. Give yourself plenty of time in case you can’t find something on your list and need to make an extra trip. Don’t forget details like plates, utensils, and napkins.
2. Get the venue ready. If you are holding the party at someone’s home, help to get the house ready. Make sure that everything is clean, the lawn is cut, and there is parking available. You may want to warn the neighbors that the street will be overrun.
3. Make sure you have plenty of help. Enlist your bridesmaids (if you have chosen a wedding a party yet) to help you get things ready.
This engagement party checklist will help you to throw your party without a hitch. When you are planning for your wedding, don’t forget to contact 5 Star Limousine!
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