Planning an Engagement Party can be as joyful and special as the occasion itself if you do it right. In the past your guest list for the engagement party should be limited to your family and close friends that are will to attend the wedding. We also know that planning engagement parties as well as wedding receptions can be stressful, which is why we have listed some tips on planning an Engagement Party.
Choosing your Venue
Usually, planning the engagement party is arranged by the bride and bride’s parents and is hosted in their home. But with times changing, and people’s busier schedules many are now choosing to throw a party in their own house or a venue. A magical garden party on a Sunday afternoon may be a better idea, especially if friends with young families or a casual barbecue in your garden can all work depending on the type of celebration you would like to have for the occasion.
Planning a beautiful engagement party is one thing and making sure it’s successful is another. Your occasion will be as special as you decorate it so make sure your venue reflects your personality and style in every way. Flower decorations, candles and theme decorations can make your party look and feel beautiful and intimate. Choose colours that are different from your wedding reception. It’s a good idea to create contrast, if you are having a traditional white wedding, you can go a little nuts with your engagement and make it a colourful event. Get inspired by looking at vintage, pop art, art deco or bright hues.
If your party is not a formal sit down dinner, the menu can be simple and innovative, fun and fresh. You can have finger food or organise a lavish buffet for a more formal event or cocktail party, set up a barbecue or Thai or Japanese and order some light dishes and snacks for guests.
The rules for drinks are the same, from tea, coffee to lemonade and wines of your choice should depend on the type of food your serving. Don’t forget that champagne is a absolute must. You open it to make a toast and officially announce your engagement.
In the past, the father of the bride makes the first toast and officially announces the happy couple’s marriage. After that the happy couple thanks their guests for coming to the engagement party. Us this as the perfect opportunity for taking photos and exchanging gifts.
We hope you find these tips useful. Stir It Up Catering is a leading Catering company based in Adelaide specialising in Weddings and Engagements. Our team is lead by David Newell who has over 25 years of experience in the Wedding Catering Adelaide Industry. And our experience translates to great food to make your special day truly memorable. You can download our Wedding and Engagement packages from our website or get in touch with us to find out more about our catering services.