Just like weddings, there are traditions tied to hosting an engagement party and etiquette to follow. But if your parents aren’t taking on the role of hosts, why not write your own rules with this quick guide to throwing your own engagement party?
Step 1: pick your party style
Low key and laid-back barbecue in the garden or a house party at a country manor? The choice is entirely yours… make your first step choosing a venue to suit the style of your celebration.
Step 2: establish your budget
Think of hosting an engagement party like pint-sized wedding planning. There is still a venue to manage, outfits to choose, a guest list to invite… and a budget to stick to!
Don’t panic if you end up having one of these nine silly arguments every newly engaged couple has, either. Everyone bickers sometimes – especially when money is involved – but it doesn’t have to be a big deal.
Step 3: sort out your guest list
If the foodie offering will be casual, be that a buffet or homemade treats, then your cost per head will be considerably less than a formal dinner or afternoon tea, so you can invite more guests. Do so with caution, however, if you risk causing any guests offence by inviting them to this party but not your actual wedding.
Step 4: get creative with your theme
Remember what we said about your engagement party being a teeny tiny bit like a miniature wedding? You don’t need 360-degree, take-your-breath-away décor for an engagement party, but you can still decorate and personalise it.
On the hunt for inspiration? Check out how Wedding Ideas’ Deputy Editor Becci styled her engagement party.
Step 5: it’s party time!
The venue is decorated, your guests have arrived and the Prosecco corks have been popped. It’s time to toast to your engagement and have the best fun ever with your nearest and dearest – what better way to get everyone excited for your big day than by partying the night away?
Of course, a celebration is just one way to enjoy being engaged. Try these seven ways to make the most of your engagement for a super fun time, too!