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10 Things to Remember when organising an engagement party

organising an engagement party

You've got engaged (congratulations), now it's time to celebrate! The engagement party is the official start of your wedding countdown, so you want it to be an event to remember.

A full on engagement party isn't for every couple, but there are no rules when it comes to celebrating your engagement - you can opt for a small celebration with those dearest to you. If you decide you want to have a celebration then you need to get started! Engagement parties are usually held soon after the engagement, but the more notice you can give people the better. Six weeks after the engagement would be the ideal amount of time, and it should be no later than six months before the wedding.

To help you throw the perfect party you should follow these 10 simple steps.

Find A host

Traditionally the bride's parents will throw the engagement party, but nowadays anyone can take on the responsibility. But, parents still might like the privilege, so ask if they would be interested in hosting your engagement party. If the groom's parents also want to get involved then they could always host another celebration, especially if they live further away. You can have as many (or as few) engagement parties as you like!

Choose a date

Some couples wait a few weeks, some couples wait a few months, but it's up to you as to when you want to celebrate your engagement. If the news is still fresh you could announce the engagement at the party. If you want more people to come you should schedule your party for the weekend, or you could have an afternoon soiree for family and an evening party with friends.

Create the guest list

There's one important thing to keep in mind when creating your guest list - anyone invited to an engagement party should be invited to the wedding. If you are not sure who is coming to the wedding then you should invite those people you are certain that are coming to the wedding.

Choose a venue

The type of party you want will determine the venue you have. If you want a private celebration then you could hire out a room in a restaurant or bar. If you want a family-friendly event you could use a family home or back garden, or you might want something less formal like a reserved area in your favourite bar. This party is not only a celebration it is the chance for families to get to know each other in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Send invitations

You can email invitations or send out hand-written invitations, just keep the details clear and simple. There is no need for your engagement party invitations to match your wedding ones, so be as creative as you like.

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Choose some food

Whether you are having a party at home or in a restaurant you should have something for your guests to eat. You could offer some simple canapés, or in summer you could have a BBQ. Bear in mind that you should offer something for any friends or family who are vegetarians.

Confirm the party

Make sure you confirm the details of the engagement party at least a week before the event. Confirm the venue, and anything you have booked for the event. If you have invited people by email you can send them a reminder, or call people to confirm they can come.

Get prepared

The week before the party make sure you give yourself enough time to buy the food, drinks, decorations or anything else you need. Write a timeline for when you need to do everything and when you need to prepare things like food or decorations.

Ask for help

Don't be afraid to ask for help. You might need people on the day to greet people or make sure there are enough refreshments. If you are having the party at a venue you can ask the management for their support.

Give thanks

After the party the engaged couple should say thank you to those who came to the party and thank anyone who gave gifts. Sending hand-written notes is the most thoughtful way to show your appreciation. Remember to thank anyone who organised, or help organise the party.

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