If you’ve recently said the big yes, it’s time to throw an engagement party and announce the good news to everyone. You are excited and want to celebrate the forthcoming union with family and closest friends and then start wedding planning.
In addition to announcing the happy news to your loved ones, the engagement party is a nice way to break the ice between families. No matter how long you and your partner have been together, and whether your families knew each other beforehand, there are always family members who don’t know each other or some life events that you might not know about but can be an interesting conversation piece that will bring you all closer together.
Now that you have put a ring on it and decided to organize an engagement party, you need to decide what type of party you’ll throw. Depending on whether you decide to throw a casual party, relaxed backyard gathering or you want an elegant, more formal event, you will choose a party venue and everything that comes with it accordingly.
We suggest having a stand-up cocktail or buffet-style party, just like Australiandiamondbrokers.com presented it. They also say that these sort of parties lend themselves to being a bit more relaxed and less structured, without the pressure of assigned seats and long sit down meals. A stand-up gathering makes it easier for guests to talk and mingle, and get to know people outside of their immediate circle. It is important to note though, just because it’s called a stand-up party that doesn’t mean you don’t need any seats – older people often need to sit down, and it’s nice for everyone else to have that option too.
Whatever type of party you decide on, you want it to be special and memorable with your family and friends. Home parties and restaurants are popular choices, but we want to inspire you with something creative, therefore we bring you these 5 unique places to have an engagement party.
Remember the moment you had first seen each other, the first sentences that began the journey to get to know each other? Doesn’t it just give you little goosebumps? Perhaps you remember the butterflies in your stomach, the energy that reigned, or how you behaved silly, but certainly, you will remember that day for the rest of your life. So, this is a great way to celebrate an engagement and announce to everyone that you want to spend your life together. Just organize a party at the same place you met or somewhere as close to it as possible.
There you can exhibit all the photos you have taken so far in your relationship. This way you will be able to have little stories with family and friends explaining the background of each photo, how you met and started falling in love with each other. It is a good idea to hire a photographer to capture your engagement party to continue the tradition. Finally, make a book out of all these photos that will be the beginning of your memories.
If you come from different countries and cultures, show off your history and the history of your family. Incorporate the customs and story of your country into the elements of the party, show your different backgrounds and food that is specific for the place you come from.
To remember that moment when you first met, you can make a Where We Met Map. Positiveprints.com explains how to make custom maps that can be made for any city, state or any other place in the world. All you need is a location and their geographic custom map creator goes to work by creating a perfect scale map of that area. Zoom in or zoom out as much as you like to get the layout you prefer, then mark the exact spot where you met to highlight where all the magic began.
Where we met maps can also be customized with lines of text that highlight its significance. Add a loving message or include the name and date of where your journey together first started. There’s no wrong way to make your memories last. On Etsy.com you can make your personalized digital prints. Just select the size and colors (you can also choose the shape of your map), add your personalization, GPS coordinates and voila, you have a unique and love map of the place you first met.
An engagement party should not be a rigid and formal event. If you love outdoor events and a relaxed atmosphere, then the old-fashioned picnic could be the right choice for you. Countryliving.com says that for a good picnic you need to look for somewhere scenic and idyllic, lush and grassy, and with plenty of natural shade. Aim to set up under a tree to make sure you can utilize the shade in case it gets too hot and make sure that there's plenty of surrounding space for children to run around.
Decorate the trees with balloons and ribbons, you can hang little umbrellas (in addition to looking impressive, it will also make a shelter from the sun), bring blankets and lots of pillows. Since you will be sitting on the ground, don’t forget a surface to rest your food and drinks. You can bring a serving tray or pack a small folding table. You can find many engagement picnic party ideas on Pinterest.
If you have invited seniors from the family, you need to think about their comfort. Then picnic might not be the best choice. If you do not want to give up the outside space, fresh air, nature, beautiful views, and a breeze in your hair, a great choice is a beach party.
You can have both a sit-down meal and a stand-up socializing. Tropical feel, beach views, dance floor, floral balloon arch around the entrance, inside your space also tons of balloons, cocktails, specialty food, canapes, white flowers, this party will satisfy everyone.
You can also have some classic beachside fun playing some crazy fun activities. We suggest you sit on the beach, get to know each other a little better, and welcome the sunset with 10 fun engagement party games you're going to love.
A tropical party is not your thing? Organize a magical winter wonderland theme engagement party. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Or at least make it look like it is snowing. Make classic white and blue decorations with twinkling winter lights, scattered candles, white flowers, cotton snowflake decorations, ice sculptures, and centerpieces. DIY snowflakes are so fun and easy to make. You can specify the dress code so that everyone is in white (just avoid the red wine).
Cocktails, white wine, and dark beer can make you feel the real winter atmosphere. Serve hot chocolate to get you into the winter mood. And for food, what is better than the 5 iconic Australian dishes. We recommend serving all five.
Find a venue that’ll accommodate all your guests. The engagement party is not a mini wedding. Relax and take the time to get to know each other between families. It would be ideal to choose a venue that is not far from your home. This way you will be able to enjoy the event without the pressure, without thinking about obligations such as transport and all other organizations.
If you want to focus on family and friends instead of organizing and planning, use Spotfood. Spotfood is an app that helps you find vendors for your event (yes, including venues), and we already have a couple recommendations on how to find a good party venue. Just sign up on Spotfood, state your needs and venue offers will start coming your way. It’ll make finding the perfect spot much easier for you.
Planning an engagement party doesn't need to be stressful. Relax, enjoy with friends and family and celebrate a great moment in your lives. This is just one of the many parties that await you in your life together. If you want to make an intimate event and take on responsibilities, organize it yourself. But if you still need help, you can make your job easier by using Spotfood.