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Engagement Parties: The Ultimate Guide

So you just got engaged - Congratulations! Planning an engagement party is the perfect way to kick off celebrating this next chapter of your life. Whether you want to keep it simple or go all...

Engagement Party

So you just got engaged - Congratulations! Planning an engagement party is the perfect way to kick off celebrating this next chapter of your life. Whether you want to keep it simple or go all out, we're here to share some tips, etiquette, and advice on how to host the perfect engagement party.

Etiquette: Who hosts and plans?

Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride's parents, but the good news is that anyone can step up and plan this celebration! Whether it's a group of friends, family, or even the couple themselves, engagement parties can be hosted by anyone excited to celebrate the upcoming "I do's"!

When to Host an Engagement Party

Engagement parties should be held relatively soon after getting engaged, within a few weeks or months of the proposal. It's also common to have more than one engagement party, especially if the couple is from different areas.

Who to Invite

According to etiquette rules, anyone invited to pre-wedding events must also be invited to the wedding. In other words, your engagement party guest list should include your nearest and dearest friends and family, if planned by the couple or parents. However, for casual gatherings, inviting larger groups is acceptable. For example, if you're planning post-work drinks, you don't have to invite all your coworkers to the wedding.

How to Invite

When it comes to invitations, you have the option to go with either print or digital invitations for your engagement party. E-vites are especially convenient if a friend is hosting, as they allow for easy communication and no print costs. You can also include a link to your wedding registry on the invitation, although it's important to note that engagement party gifts are not expected from guests.

Engagement Party Caption: Maria & Adam's Engagement Party

Key Steps to Planning an Engagement Party

  1. Decide who's hosting - Whether it's you and your fiancé, your best friend, your grandparents, or your partner's parents, anyone can plan and/or pay for the engagement party. If you're going all out, consider working with a professional event planner to ensure everything goes smoothly.

  2. Pick a date - Celebrate your engagement within a few weeks or months of the proposal while the excitement is still fresh and before the stress of wedding planning sets in.

  3. Choose a venue - Engagement parties can be held in various settings, from intimate gatherings at someone's home to private rooms in restaurants. Consider a venue that aligns with your vision. At The Sixpence, for example, you have options like hosting a casual party in The Workshop, an intimate dinner in the gardens, or a fully designed affair in The Sixpence Barn.

  4. Send invitations - Make sure to send out invites at least one month before the party date and include a clear RSVP. Your engagement party doesn't have to reflect your wedding day design, so feel free to get creative and incorporate seasonal themes.

  5. Plan the menu - If you're serving alcohol, it's essential to have food as well. Depending on the style of your party, you could opt for an evening cocktail party with champagne and passed appetizers, a relaxed night around the fire with flatbread pizzas and beverages, or a family-style dinner with wine.

  6. Set the scene - Create a beautiful ambiance for your engagement party with purposeful lighting, floral arrangements, and decor. Consider working with an intimate space designer like Uncommonly Styled, Thoughtfully Designed (planning + design!), or Violet Vintage. Set up a photo space for capturing memories of your guests, and work with a DJ or designer to create mood-setting lighting or twinkle lights.

  7. Choose an outfit - This is the fun part! Select an outfit that aligns with the vibe of your event. Check out our bridal style blog for inspiration, and don't forget to coordinate with your partner for memorable and beautiful photos!

However you choose to celebrate your engagement, we encourage you to make choices that are a perfect fit for you as a couple and a genuine reflection of your love story!

If you're interested in hosting at The Sixpence, contact [email protected] or Book a Private Tour today!

Photos in today's blog: Snapshots by Sally Jane of Maria & Adam's day