Ready to get ahead of the game when it comes to planning your perfect engagement party? Here are some of our favourite tips.
Pick a menu
Your engagement party can have any kind of food that you like, from a buffet or canapes through to a sit-down meal, depending on your guest list, venue size and budget. Don’t feel that you need to stay tied to tradition. Why not have an Indian buffet or find a caterer who can serve quirky finger foods. The great thing about smaller dishes or buffet is that your guests can manage any food preferences or allergies that they have themselves, without you needing to add that to your list of ‘to do’s’.
Have a plan for handling gifts
Most guests won’t expect to bring a gift to an engagement party, so be clear on any expectations here. A gift registry introduction could be good at this point, or ask guests to donate to charity. For those that bring an item, find a discreet storage area so that non-gift bringing guests don’t feel embarrassed – https://www.theknot.com/content/engagement-party-planning-101.
Get your outfit ready
You’ll want to make sure that your ring is sparkling and the centre of the show – remember that you can get your diamond engagement rings from https://www.comparethediamond.com/diamond-engagement-rings if you’ve still not organised yours! From this point, think about the outfit that you will wear and make it dressy and joyous. You may want a couple of pairs of shoes so that you can switch to a pair of flats if you are starting the night in skyscraper heels. Remember, you’ll be doing a lot of room circulation to see your guests. Book ahead for services such as a blowdry and manicure too so you’re all organised for the day with your favourite providers.
An empty room gives you all the space that you need to create a theme. Don’t worry about tying it to your wedding. Whereas wedding decor is typically more traditional, you can go wild if you wish with the celebratory theme of an engagement party. If you’re trying to stay within a tight budget, go onto eBay to pick up plenty of sparkly decorative items such as balloons, table confetti, garlands and banners.
What other plans do you have for hosting the perfect engagement party?