Engagement party around the corner? Did you recently get engaged? Congrats! Here are four tips to creating an unforgettable celebration for you and your future spouse.
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Tip #1: Choose the Right Person.
If you are reading this article, then you have probably already found the right person! However, many people start planning an Engagement Party (and a wedding no less) before the couple is actually engaged. It might be a good idea to wait until you are actually engaged before you start planning the party.
If you have found the right person and the ring fits, let's jump in! (The ring doesn't actually have to fit, but you get the point.) In all seriousness, you should talk to your future spouse about their desires for this party. Do they want to have a party? How many people are coming? Where do we want to throw this? It is important to get both opinions from the happy couple so there are no unwanted surprises that day.
Tip #2: Choose the Right Venue for Your Celebration
Choosing the right venue will save you from so much stress later down in the planning. This is not one of the areas where you want to cut corners. There are so many great event spaces where you can throw an amazing party. Here are some venue-specific tips to help you book the right spot.
Setting the Scene for an Extraordinary Engagement Party
When you are selecting an event venue, you will want to make sure that you are able to get to the venue ahead of time. Whether you are decorating or you have great friends who are helping you out, make sure you can get to the place with plenty of time to set up, get ready, and be ready to party!
Choosing the Right Atmosphere for Your Celebration
There are so many different venues to choose from. Type in a simple google search for 'venues near me' and so many options will flood your screen. You will want to know what you need and what you are looking for before you start searching.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you plan:
- How many people can fit in this space?
- Am I allowed to bring outside vendors?
- Are decorations allowed to be hung? What decorations do I want to bring?
- Will we have space for a photo booth?
- Is there parking for my guests?
Budget-Friendly Engagement Party Venues
Early on, you should decide how much money you want to spend. Remember, the wedding is the big day so don't spend all your budget on the engagement party. Select your amount and don't be afraid to say no to a venue and walk away. You will be able to find the right spot in your price range.
Set up several tours to visit different sites. Never book a venue without seeing it in person. You could try event venues downtown. There are many barn-like venues that have a more rustic vibe. Ask your circle of friends to see where they have hosted events before. Look online and start searching.
Here are some budget-saving tips for booking the perfect venue.
- Book early!
- Book on an off-day. Have your party on a Tuesday night! Stay away from the weekends.
- Opt for a brunch on a Saturday?
- Always ask venue staff if there are any discounts available.
Tip #3: Invite the Right People.
Once you have a place and a date, now it's time to invite the guests! The people are the ones who make this event unforgettable. Make a game plan with your future spouse and put a list together. This will probably be the base for your wedding list as well so don't throw it away!
Invite your friends and family and all those you love! Most likely, this will not be a formal setting so you won't have to worry about the cost per person. Remember, this is your engagement party. You get to choose who is invited and who is not.
Tip #4: Take a Ton of Pictures!
In order for this to be remember, make sure to take plenty of pictures. The same goes for your wedding, but this is one place where you will want to higher a professional. Your cousin Sarah may be great, but only use her if she is a professional photographer and videographer. You can even have a hashtag for your event so your family and friends can share their pictures with you on social media!
We hope this article helps you to think of some great venues for your engagement party. Here is another great article to spark some more ideas. Happy planning and congratulations!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When is a good time for an engagement party?
A: Typically, a couple will have some kind of engagement party only after they are actually engaged. After that, the party can be any time before the wedding. Couples tend to have a party like this six months to a year before the big day.
Q: How many people are usually invited to celebrate a couple's engagement?
A: This is totally up to the couple! However, it is important to remember that this party is NOT the wedding. Save the big bucks for the actual big day.