Getting engaged is something worth celebrating—so why not have a party? Engagement parties provide a fun way to get all your loved ones together to share in your joy. And with the right planning, your engagement party can be an affair for all to remember. Here are just a few engagement party planning tips from Mosteller Events.
Choose the Right Date
Generally speaking, engagement parties are held within one to two months of the proposal—but your engagement timeline can obviously impact that. If you’re planning for a long engagement, it’s okay to go beyond that two-month window.
Find Somebody to Host
The tradition is for the bride’s family to host (and pay for) the engagement party—but these days, a lot of wedding traditions are in flux. It’s becoming increasingly normal for the families to co-host the party. And if you have the means and the desire, it’s perfectly alright for you to host your own soiree!
Invite the Right People
If nothing else, you should always make sure you invite all the people who are going to be involved in the wedding—members of the wedding party, etc.—as well as close friends and family. If you want to keep the event small and intimate, that’s great! If you want to extend it to everyone you plan on inviting to the wedding, that’s also alright—assuming you have the space!
Select the Right Venue
An intimate gathering of family and friends can be held in someone’s home; if you’re inviting more than 75 people or so, you may want to consider renting out a professional event space for the night, or even just a banquet room in a favorite local restaurant.
Perfect the Menu
Finally, make sure you have enough food for everyone! Engagement party menus tend to be a little less fancy and less formal than what you’d find at a wedding reception, and it’s okay to skip the full sit-down meal in favor of some appetizers, finger foods, perhaps something casual like sandwiches or barbecue.
As you consider your engagement party planning needs—including your catering—make sure you get the help you need. At Mosteller Events, we’re standing by to help with all your event hosting and catering requirements! Reach out today to start a conversation with us about planning the perfect engagement party.