Around two to three months after getting engaged, the majority of us will organize an engagement party and invite all our closest friends and family, and our future spouse’s loved ones, as well. Engagement parties provide the perfect opportunity to bring two families together and congregate with the people we love the most to celebrate our union with the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with. So, if you simply don’t know where to start and feel a little stuck on planning your engagement party, here are a few vital tips and tricks on how you can organize the party of your dreams.
Don’t Jump Straight Into It
After he or she has proposed, you should take some time to really enjoy the moment and be happy and excited about your future together. It’s a bad idea to jump straight into the stresses of party-planning when it’s only been a couple of weeks since they popped the question! So, it’s essential to take some time to establish what you want for the party, who you’d like to invite, and organize all the little details. Relax, breathe, and plan your engagement party at your own comfortable pace.
Establish Your Wedding Size
Keep in mind that the people you invite to your engagement party should ultimately be invited to the big day, too. In wedding etiquette, it’s actually pretty rude not to invite the guests who were at your engagement party to your wedding. So before you send off the engagement party invitations, you and your other half should have decided how big or small you want your wedding to be, in order to avoid any mishaps or confusion.
Consider Your In-Laws
Of course, planning an engagement party should be all about the wants and needs of the future bride and groom – but it’s still important to consider your in-laws and plan the party around them a little. If your significant other comes from a rather formal family, then a picnic in the park for an engagement party might not be a very wise idea. You don’t have to plan the entire party around them, but it’s still respectful to take their needs into consideration.
Keep The Wedding In Mind
You might not believe this, but some couples are guilty of getting way too over-excited about their recent engagement that their engagement party actually beats their wedding day. This is a huge mistake, and you should definitely keep your big day in mind when planning your engagement party! Don’t go all out, because then planning an even better wedding party will be difficult.
The team at St. Elias Centre has been providing expert advice for Ottawa brides and grooms-to-be for many years. From engagement parties and weddings to corporate events and trade shows, St. Elias Centre is one of Ottawa’s premiere event centres.