by Courtney Emrich
One vital step before saying ‘I Do’ is… an Engagement Party! Engagement parties allow for all the important people in the bride and groom’s lives to meet up before the actual wedding date. While all engagement parties are different, there are important steps to follow to ensure one runs smoothly.
Step 1: Agree Upon a Number of Guests/ Who Should Attend
While it would be nice to be able to invite as many people as possible, time, budget, and space all become factors in who should attend your Engagement Party. Many pick their guest lists by selecting only those who will not be invited to the actual wedding. Others decide to only invite family and a few close friends. Whatever you choose, ensure that the number of guests is practical and not too overwhelming- save that for the wedding.
Step 2: Pick a Convenient Date
Since it is impossible to cater to everyone’s busy schedules, ensure that the party will be held on a day that will not pose a difficulty for your guests. Certain days, (such as weekdays, except for Friday evening, and holidays) should be avoided as much as possible. This will ensure that as many guests as possible will be able to attend.
Step 3: Determine the Type of Party
When thinking about the theme of your Engagement Party, it is good to keep one very important factor in mind- What will be the most comfortable atmosphere for my guests? This question is extremely important to ask yourself especially when trying to combine two different families into one. If one family enjoys a louder more energetic party while the other enjoys a more reserved one, try and determine a theme that will pose as a happy medium. The goal is to try and bring both families together without making anyone uncomfortable. Budget and time of year are also important factors to consider.
Step 4: Decide on Invites Verses No Invites
Depending on the type of Engagement Party you are planning on having, the need for invites may waver. If you are going for a smaller, casual, laid-back barbecue or are tight on money, consider contacting guests individually to save on invitations. If a formal, black tie event is more your style, consider jazzing it up with an elegant invite to your guests. Whichever you decide to do, avoid posting on social media about your event at all costs unless you using a private group. This may cause some people to feel left out
Step 5: Have Fun!
Try to keep the bigger picture in mind and don’t allow yourself to get too stressed out. Remember the real reason for the season- for you and your fiancé to celebrate this exciting new beginning with all your friends and family!