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Ultimate Guide:Engagement Party(FAQ)

 

When it comes to planning your wedding, you may know exactly which chapel you want to have the wedding in and you may have been dreaming about your wedding dress for years

 

But what to do about the engagement party might be lower on the list. Who plans the party, and what happens there?

 

Let's break down one by one as FAQ


When? 

An engagement party is typically held within a couple of months of the proposal.

 

Traditionally, the party was when the couple's betrothal was formally announced, so it is more fun to do it early on in the engagement when the news is fresh. 

 

Sometimes the engagement is even announced as a surprise; guests just think they were invited to a great party, then they learn the real reason behind the celebration.

 

It can certainly add to the drama of the announcement. Send out invitations about four to six weeks before the party.

 

Who? 

At the minimum, the party will include the bride and groom, their parents, siblings, and other immediate family.

 

The group is often quite a bit larger, extending to friends of the bride and groom as well as family friends.

 

The most important thing to remember is that you should never invite someone to an engagement party who will not also be invited to the wedding.

 

It is smart to get a rough draft of your guest list done for the wedding before sending out the invitations for the gathering.

 

What? 

Wondering what goes on at an engagement party? Much of it is the same as any other gathering, except there will be a formal announcement of the engagement.

 

Generally, guests arrive and mingle for a while, have a drink and maybe some hors d'oeuvres.

 

Before the meal, the father of the bride proposes the first toast, during which he officially shares the news of the betrothal.

 

In some families, it is customary for wedding jewelry gifts to be presented to the bride at this time, while in other families any gifts of jewelry from the bride's father are given closer to the wedding.

 

Then the happy couple takes a turn thanking the guests for coming, before opening up the floor to anyone else who wishes to give a toast. Music and dining round out the party.

 

Where? 

An engagement party can be held anywhere the hosts desire. If the guest list is large, it might take place at a country club or in a tent at a private home.

 

For a smaller less formal gathering, it could be a large cocktail party in the parents' house.

 

The party can also be quite casual, such as a barbeque at a park or a backyard cookout.

 

The only real rule is that no pre-wedding party should ever be so grand as to upstage the wedding to follow.

 

Why? 

The traditional reason to hold an engagement party is to formally announce the upcoming nuptials.

 

The only reason not to have an engagement party is to try to get more gifts; it is not customary or expected for anyone to bring a present to this type of party.

 

These days, most people already know about the proposal before the event, so it is really just a fun way to get the family together to celebrate the happy news.

 

What about the bridal party?
It is common to reveal your choices for the bridal party at this time.

 

If there will be hurt feelings, you may choose to do it at another time, or you could incorporate everyone present by asking friends to be ushers and to help with the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding registry.

 

Are there gifts?
No, other than the engagement ring, gifts are not commonly exchanged at engagement parties. You may choose to announce where you will be registering for wedding gifts.

 

Here are some engagement party gifts for the couple:

 

1.Fashion jewelry can bring amazing effects
In order to add beauty, people choose to wear them. As a matter of fact, these beautiful pieces can be used for other purposes.

 

For example, a special piece can be used as perfect gift, or a meaningful item can be regarded as the sign of love. Now, I want to share some amazing effects of fashion accessories.


2.A meaningful item can be regarded as the sign of love
The engagement ring or wedding ring can best prove this point.

 

Usually, the engagement ring or wedding ring represents the memorable love between the men and women.

 

Besides rings, many other meaningful accessories can be found between lovers, such as, heart pendants.

 

At present, the heart shape is widely used in jewelry designs. In the market, various pieces are designed in the shape of heart, including sterling silver earrings, pendants, brooches, sterling silver bracelets, and rings etc.


In a word, fashion accessories can bring people many benefits. They make great contribution to women's beauty. At the same time, they bring many amazing effects to our daily life.

 

3.Qualities of a great clutches  
If you are planning to give a wallet as gift for the important women in your life, keep in mind that designer handbags should be more than just stylish piece of accessory. 


These should be fully-functional and versatile to accommodate financial items. Women carry a lot of financial paraphernalia with them, ranging from cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards to checkbooks.it’s great gift for loves

 

What should it be like?
This is a time to celebrate each other, to introduce your significant other to family and friends, and to start the process of becoming a family.

 

You can share photos, toasts, and favorite songs, if you like, or it can simply be a night of sharing stories and getting to know one another.

 

The engagement ring is often given ceremonially at this time, though the recipient may have had it for some time already.

 

How can I make it special?
If you are hosting the party yourselves, this may be the first chance you have to create something together that symbolizes you as a couple to your family and friends.

 

You can incorporate some of your favorite foods, things that represent the two of you as a couple, and things that you hope to celebrate in years to come.

 

If you know the colors and theme of your wedding already, you can incorporate these colors into a small garden party or create simple favors or centerpieces that go along with your wedding's theme.

 

For garden parties, fairy lights are a nice, simple touch, as are candles and favors. Just make sure to take safety into account when putting those candles and centerpieces together.

 

How formal do engagement parties have to be?
Engagement parties can take any form, and can be as formal or informal as you want.

 

Some couples plan to go out to dinner to celebrate their engagement, while others want a fancy soiree' with semi-formal or formal attire.

 

As with any other aspect of your wedding, your engagement party should reflect your preferences and personality!

 

Also, keep in mind that your wedding reception is the piece de resistance, and should not be overshadowed by your engagement party.

 

Who pays for it and when should I have it?
Traditionally, the parents of either the bride or groom will pay for the celebration.

 

Or sometimes, close friends will want to host one for you. But who's to say you have to stick with tradition?

 

Many couples are footing the bill for their own celebrations. So, when setting your wedding budget, don't forget to add this in!

 

Regarding timing, there are no rules; but if your engagement period is short, it doesn't make sense to have an engagement party, followed by the wedding and reception a short time later.

 

Your Planning Assignment:

Don't stress about whether or not to have an engagement party. If you are able to have one, great!

 

There are other celebrations to come, the biggest one being your wedding reception! Happy Planning!


Preparing For Your Engagement Party the Stress-Free Way
Here are more pointers that can help you with your preparations:

 

Decide on the venue of the engagement party
If you really want a stress-free engagement party, it is advisable to choose a local restaurant or resort that can accommodate more than 2 families. Normally it is the families and closest friends of the couple who attend the engagement party.

 

But if you're budget permits up to 100 guests, in is better to look for larger venues that also offer catering and other services such as sounds, dance floor, swimming pool and recreational activities.

 

If you wish to hold the party at your home or your parents' home, make sure that you utilize a large room or the lawn when the weather is perfect.

 

You can serve a very laid-back dinner meal or a barbecue party. It's up to you on which will make the event fun and stress-free.

 

As for the cooking, you have a few options- have everything catered, hire someone who can cook or let your relatives have a pot luck [just make sure they are coordinated to prevent duplicate dishes.

 

Decide on the date
It is best to set the engagement party on a weekend. Saturday is most favorable since it's a non-working day and people are quite relaxed. Inviting your family and friends should also be easy.

 

If you don't plan on sending out invitations, you can have a mass email invite accompanied by a mass text invite.

 

And make sure that you tell them to respond. If you plan to make calls, make it short and ask for the confirmation right away.

 

Take pictures and videos
If you have the equipment or someone in your family circle can lend you, then you can have someone to help you with taking pictures and videos.

 

Some couples love the idea of raw video compilations which make them more meaningful because they're unscripted and unedited.

 

If your budget permits and if you will get discount, you can hire a professional who can render the service for both your engagement and wedding. If you can agree on a package deal, the better.

 

Party games and activities
The announcement of your wedding and the selection of the entourage are not the only activities that your engagement party should have. You need to put up some games to liven up the event especially when there are teens and kids around.

 

You can look up the internet for the right games for this event and have your relatives help you set them up during the party. Also you need to provide some party prizes especially for the kids.


If you don't like games, you can have karaoke and ice breaker activities. There can also be dancing and a band if you truly want to make this a lively party for everyone.

 

Tip: You don't need to hire a professional band if you have friends or relatives that can play instruments and can sing.

 

Many couples have made a mistake of making their engagement party a perfect event, but that also involved too much stress and thousands of dollars spent. But this shouldn't happen to you.

 

If you want a stress-free and fun engagement party, go the casual and informal way celebrate it with the people.

 

You love because your wedding is more important it will need all of the much-needed attention after this event.


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