9 tips for planning a stand out, luxurious engagement party
1. HostClick here for the best Essex cake makers for your big day!
Decide who will host the luxurious engagement party. Traditionally it’s the bride’s mother, or a member of the bride’s extended family, but perhaps it’s you and your fiancé? If it’s anyone other than you and your fiancé expect the hosts to have an input on the date of the party and the location – which may well be your ‘home’ town rather than current place of residence. If there are two parties you’ll need to manage dates to ensure there’s no clash. And, whoever does host should traditionally make a speech at the party itself - a signature moment of the event.
2. BudgetClick here for the best Essex florists!
The budget is a key factor in determining the type of party you can have and where you can hold it so is important to understand this upfront. You’ll need to cover venue hire, catering, drinks, invitations. A smaller budget doesn’t mean you have to have a budget party – by crafting your guest list and catering requirements to suit your event you can still have a luxurious party.
3. Guest list
Anyone invited to the engagement party will expect an invite to the wedding, so don’t get carried away. If you are not the hosts expect them to have an input on who to include. If necessary, invite friends or colleagues who may not make the ‘cut’ for the big day out to celebrate with you separately on a more informal scale.
4. Get a date in the diary
Choose a date that works for you and your closest friends and family and decide how long you want to wait for the party. Wait a few weeks before announcing a date, to give you a chance to reveal the engagement first and let everyone know the great news. You want everyone to know you are planning on tying the knot, then give them something else to get excited about!
5. Venue and menu
Choose a place that works with your theme and ideas. Do you want a lavish top hotel in the centre of the city, or would you prefer a restaurant overlooking the beach? You could even consider a venue totally off the scale, like an art gallery or the top of the Shard. Think about where you’d like your wedding to take place too and keep your engagement party distinctively different. As much as you want this party to be the party of the year, you don’t want to upstage the main event!
6. Send out invitations, including a dress code
Give your guests plenty of time to reply as this may be a determining factor for your entertainment and food. You may even want to wait until you know the numbers to reveal the location, so you can plan the venue more appropriately.
If you are planning a lavish engagement party, ensure your guests know it and don’t be afraid to tell them. You don’t want them turning up casual, when you have put so much effort into a lavish event. Then dress yourselves to impress! Select something that will wow, but do not upstage your wedding gown.
Whether you are having a sit-down meal or just drinks and canapés will determine the look and feel of the event. If you are having a sit-down meal, then consider the table fabrics, the flowers, the centrepieces. You could create a mood board to get your ideas down first. If you are thinking Champagne and canapés, put more focus on the room and how you’d like it decorated.
8. Roles and responsibilitiesTwo Became One
Assign roles and responsibilities ahead of the event. Who will make formal introductions between guests that don’t know each other? Who will make the first (and subsequent) toast; guests may bring you engagement gifts, ask someone to take responsibility for them; if you’re not having a formal photographer think about asking a couple of trusted guests to capture the evening on film for you.
Nothing says a party like good music. Music creates the atmosphere and gives the party a cracking boost. Choose the entertainment to match the theme. Looking for elegance? Perhaps choose classic, acoustic sounds. Looking for dancing? Choose a band that will get everyone on the dance floor.
“Remember that the event is to celebrate your relationship and your plans to spend the rest of your lives together, so try not to only focus on ensuring everyone else has a good time. Take a step back and make the choices that suit your style as a couple and have fun!”.
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