Recently engaged? Thinking about holding an engagement party? Then here are our top tips to help make sure it goes off without a hitch.
Are you hosting?
The first decision you’re going to have to make is whether you want to host it yourself or let someone else take the reins. Doing it yourself is a little more common, but sometimes the bridesmaids or family members may offer to host the party for you. If someone else is hosting it, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, it is your engagement party after all.
Should guests bring gifts?
One of the things you’re going to have to decide, whether you’re hosting or not, is if you want the guests to bring gifts or not. The gift scenario is often a source of confusion for guests, usually bringing up a “should we, shouldn’t we?” scenario.
Make sure you’re clear on your gift policy and if you expect them, provide a list to give them an idea of what you want. It might sound cheeky, but it’ll save a lot of confusion.
Prepare a toast
You’re going to be asked, at some point in the evening, to say a few words on your recent engagement. And so it’s best to be prepared. Write a short, sweet speech thanking everyone for coming. Just make sure it doesn’t drag on. The guests are there for a good time, not to hear you drivel on for hours on end!
The engagement is going to be a great time to get together with your nearest and dearest before the wedding, so make sure you get round to seeing everybody at least once. You shouldn’t spend the whole evening in the corner of the room with your best friends. Get out there, speak to people, they have come out to celebrate your engagement after all.
Oh, and don’t forget to take a camera! You’ll want to remember the engagement party, and those pictures will be a great addition to your wedding album!