If you were recently engaged: congratulations! While the weeks after he proposed can be overwhelming, they are also very exciting. First things first: you'll want to properly announce the engagement. One way to do so is by hosting an engagement party. To find out my tips for planning the perfect engagement party, read more.
- Host the party soon after you are engaged. The engagement party should always take place before the save the date cards are sent.
- Select your guests wisely. Everyone who attends will expect to be invited to the wedding. However, there are circumstances — if your big day is a small destination event — where you may want to host a party for those who won't be attending the wedding.
- Be creative! The party should reflect you and your fiancé's style. It can be anything from a private dinner at your favorite restaurant to a backyard barbecue to a salsa dance class followed by a buffet.
- Traditionally, the engagement party is hosted by the bride's parents, but it's 2009, and really anyone, from the bride's best friend to the groom's brother, can throw your engagement party.
- Whoever ends up hosting the party, thank them afterward with a nice note, tickets to a show or sporting event, or a cool coffee table book.
- You don't want to upstage the wedding, so choose a theme and style that is different from the one you envision for the big day.
- After a round of toasts, don't forget to thank your friends and family for joining you.
- Promote mingling: an engagement party is a time for the two families to come together and get to know each other.
- Gifts are not customary at an engagement, but some people may choose to bring them, so set up your registry.
What was your engagement party like? Please share your stories below!