Once the shock of seeing your sweetie bent on one knee subsides, it’s time to start party planning. After announcing your engagement, you’re bound to get about a million “when’s the wedding” inquiries. Engagement parties are great for holding over excited friends and family if you’re planning a long engagement. They’re also a really nice way to celebrate with loved ones if you prefer a small destination wedding.
Or, maybe you simply want an excuse to celebrate as much as possible! In any event, done right your engagement party may just prove to be more fun than your actual wedding…or at least more enjoyable than the wedding planning portion, anyway.
Looking for fun, unique engagement party ideas? Check out this list that will have you saying ‘yes’ all over again.
Around the World
If you’re having a destination wedding or got engaged in another country, why not theme your engagement party to match? Tell your full service event venue the part of the globe you’re looking to emulate and see what in-house décor options they have. You may be surprised at the selection. They can also help direct caterers to prepare the menu accordingly. Steer clear of asking guests to dress in attire from another culture that’s not your own. It’s a slippery slope to appropriation.
Surprise Engagement Party
Say you’ve somehow managed to keep your engagement under wraps up to now. Telling your loved ones at a surprise engagement party can be a super fun way to share the good news. Gather everyone together at your favorite restaurant under some other guise. Then, once everyone has arrived, you can break the news and pop some bottles to celebrate!
Cityscapes are a highly romantic backdrop to show off your newly fiancéd status. Bonus points if you plan the start time to include a sunset viewing.
Pro tip: you’ll hardly need any decorations once the lights from the surrounding buildings come up!
Pre-I Do Picnic
Relationships are sometimes no picnic, but that doesn’t mean your engagement party can’t be! It’s actually a very scenic way to share your love with the people closest to you. Whether you choose to rent chairs or provide blankets, it’s sure to be one fine day. Asking everyone to wear all white will make for super cute pictures and is very apropos. Just watch out for grass stains!
High Tea Time
Whether you decide to throw a classy brunch soiree or really just want an excuse to drink champagne during the day, high tea gives you plentiful party options. If you really enjoy the idea of having folks dress to a theme, have a mad hatter tea party! Honestly, who doesn’t love a costume?
Ultimately, the months leading up to your wedding will be packed with to-dos. Getting in a little face time with your loved ones early on is a really great idea. They’ll miss you when you slip into planning mode.
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