You Are Engaged- Let's Celebrate

On the last post, I gave y'all some ideas of what to do once the question is popped.  Now that you and your spouse have been engaged and announced your engagement, let's {CELEBRATE}.

Engagement parties are the kickoff for any wedding festivities and is the beginning to the wedding day countdown. Engagement parties can be anywhere from simple to themed, even to over-the-top.  So, follow these easy steps for a successful engagement party.

1. Decide who is hosting- Traditionally, the bride's family hosts the party, but this one has changed over the years.  It can be anyone from the groom's family, family friends, or your close best friends. However, lets be honest, you should ask the bride's parents first.  If others want to throw you another one, that is even better! 

{Personal} Daniel and I had two engagement parties- the first was thrown by our friends at a sweet, local restaurant in downtown Kennesaw and the second was thrown by my family at a small venue in Marietta.  They were both very different, but meant so much to us.  We are very thankful for incredible family and friends.

(Click on the photos, below, to see pictures from our engagement party thrown by our friends)

2. Pick a date- Engagement parties are usually held shortly after the engagement is announced, when it is still fresh. This could also be the time when you announce your engagement to all of your family and friends.  Make it a surprise for all of your guests.  

3. Guestlist- Anyone invited to the engagement party should be invited to the wedding.  The party host should work with the newly engaged couple and the parents to compile a list of guests.  If you are unsure with the size of your wedding guestlist, keep the engagement party small just to stay on the safe side.  

4. Decide on a venue-  Think of the type of atmosphere you would like to have.  Many times, a family home or clubhouse works just fine.  If you are having a larger party, you may want to rent out a venue.  You can also research local restuarants that have party rooms. 

5. Invitations- There are so many ways to create invitations- e-vite, hand written, professional designed, or etsy.  Once you decide on the type of party you are going to have and budget, it becomes easier to choose your invitation.  These do not have to be over the top.  Manytimes, more simple is better. Keep it C.L.A.S.S.Y. Remember, your engagement party invitations do not have to match your wedding theme.  

{Personal} Since all of our engagement events were going to be pretty feminine, I decided that I wanted to go a little more neutral for our engagement party. My husband has played baseball since he was three and I love a good vintage design, so I decided to mix the two.  I purchased our invites off of Etsy.com and personalized it. The Sec 9, Row 6, and Seat 14 represent our wedding date and the photo was taken at our announcement shoot.  The invite has a vintage and baseball theme, which gives guests and idea on what the event is going to look like.   

6. Plan the Menu- Depending on your venue, depends on what kind of food.  If you choose to go with a restaurant, you can speak with the manager to create a personalized menu.  If you book with a venue, try and see if you can bring in your own food.  This can help keep costs down and can involve other family and friends who want to be a part of the event.  Depending on the time of day also depends on what should be served.  Anything from appetizers, to finger foods, to a small buffett will work perfectly!  

{Personal} Since we went with a vintage baseball theme, we wanted to make everyone feel as if they were at a baseball game or event.  We went with hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, and potato salad.  Below, in the photos, you will also see that we created a table with your favorite baseball game munchies.  We had cotton candy , famous Cracker Jacks, and chips. We also had a family friend create a baseball cake with a vintage feel.  

(Click on the photos, below, to see pictures from our engagement party thrown by our family)

7. Set the Scene- The engagement party should be fun and different from your wedding design.  Once you decide on a theme or design for your party, then you can begin planning the details. Flowers are an easy way to fill up a room. Stay on a budget and find deals in stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, TJ Maxx Homegoods, or Pottery Barn.  Many of these stores have a 60 or 90 day return policy. There are also many free printable websites, which is where I printed off the DEY and LOVE signs.  I also Laminated them on colored paper, hung on twine with close hangers. 

{Personal} There are also many free printable websites, which is where I printed off the DEY and LOVE signs.  I also Laminated them on colored paper, hung on twine with close hangers. We purchased frames from the Dollar Store, used Daniel's baseballs, bats, and gloves for decor.  Reach out to your family and friends for any decor- most likely its been hiding in there closet, collecting dust.

(Click on the photos, below, to see pictures of our details)

8. Enjoy- Find a great outfit, take lots of photos and enjoy the time spent with your family and friends.  This is a time about you and your fiancé and there should be many memories and laughter shared.  This is your engagement kickoff and should start with a B.A.N.G.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Rebecca Niccole