Congratulations on your engagement! Now the wedding planning fun can really begin. Before you get down to this very serious business, however, you should mark the occasion and celebrate your engagement with those closest to you.
Throwing an engagement party is one of the most popular wedding traditions. In this post, we take a look at this extra celebration.
Break the ice before the big day
A wedding is a celebration of your love and a bringing together of your families and friendship groups. For all the happiness this brings, it can be a little daunting. No matter how many years you’ve been together, the average wedding can be a flurry of awkward introductions. By getting everyone together at your engagement party, you can ensure all those attending have been well acquainted before the big day. Your engagement party will also give you an insight into how things will pan out on your wedding day as Inside Weddings explains:
“Everyone invited to the engagement party should be receiving an invitation to your big day, so this kind of event serves as an excellent window into the social dynamic you’ll be working with at your ceremony and reception. Be careful not to spend the night in the corner drafting your seating chart.”
Put your planning skills to the test
Planning the perfect engagement party is a great practice run for the bigger challenge that is planning your wedding day. Whether you’re going for a low key gathering – our dinner date evenings provide a great setting for couples celebrating their engagement – or all out with an elaborate event, your engagement party will teach you a lot about the importance of planning and coordination.
Show off that sparkler
As a bride-to-be, you’ll be eager to show off your engagement ring. What better way to do that to everyone you know than with an engagement party? Sometimes a ring selfie isn’t enough! Show off that sparkler and share your romantic proposal story in person by hosting an engagement party for family and friends.
Planning a smaller wedding?
If you’re looking to host a more intimate wedding, then going big with your engagement party could provide the answer. Celebrating your engagement courtesy of a less expensive and easier-to-plan party will help you shorten the guest list for your wedding and keep everyone satisfied. Even if some guests aren’t invited to the main event you can make sure everyone plays a part in celebrating your union.
Couples planning to have a long engagement will also benefit from throwing an engagement party. An engagement party will kick start the countdown to your wedding day, even if your big day isn’t for another 18 months or so.