Wedding Engagement Party Ideas
Learn how to plan the perfect party to celebrate your engagement to your love!
If you’re reading this, congratulations! Being engaged is so exciting and engagement statistics show that most end in exchanged vows. The best part is that you get to say “I do” to the love of your life very soon. Before you start planning the big day, though, it’s fun to celebrate your engagement with a party. But what if you don’t want to shell out tons of cash? Never fear! Keep reading to learn how to plan a simple engagement party.
1. Make a Guest List
The easiest way to keep your engagement party simple and inexpensive is to slash the guest list. Never invite anyone who wouldn’t be invited to the wedding! If haven’t made your wedding guest list yet, just stick to your closest family and friends.
2. Send Invitations
For a casual occasion, you might not need to send formal invites in the mail. This is especially true if you are throwing your engagement party at home. Just shoot your guests an email or create a Facebook event to let everyone know about the party.
3. Decide On Decor
Your party can look chic without costing a fortune. Hanging strings of twinkle lights or displaying a nice flower arrangement is plenty. If you are into DIY, try your hand at pretty decor items like a balloon backdrop (which is perfect for those obligatory Instagram shots!) or personalized chalkboard signs.
4. Plan Fun Activities
While no one will expect silly games a la a bridal shower, it’s always good to have some form of entertainment on hand in case your guests get bored of socializing. This can be as simple as having the big sports game on in the background or a time to show off your engagement ring. Other fun ideas include trivia based on you and your partner’s love story or setting up a karaoke machine.
5. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
The most important part of any wedding party is the food and drink. While this will definitely be the largest portion of your expenses for your engagement party, shop wisely and you don’t have to spend a lot. For instance, you can save money on alcohol by only purchasing beer and wine. Planning your party not during a meal time lets you save by just serving snacks instead of a meal. If you do want to serve lunch or dinner, stick to food that can feed a crowd for cheap, like spaghetti with salad or chili and cornbread.
6. How To Deal With Toasts and Gifts
Because this is an informal engagement party, neither toasts nor gifts are expected. If someone does wish to give a toast, however, let them. They are excited about the occasion and want to share that joy! If you receive gifts at the party, wait to open them until after everyone leaves and be sure to send a thank-you to the givers within a few days.