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How to organize a great engagement party

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1.List of guests. The list of invitees needs to be thought out very carefully. The engagement party is a more informal and friendly event, which does not need to invite all the relatives and friends of those that you plan to call for a wedding. But, on the other hand, it is worth inviting only those whom you want to see at a future celebration to avoid resentment.

2. Time. It’s best to stick to the golden mean - not to rush, but also not to procrastinate too long before you plunge into the planning and organization of the wedding itself. Give yourself and your loved ones to please and relax calmly, without too much rush and fuss. The exception, as already mentioned - the pre-wedding engagement is carefully planned, inscribed in the budget and setting the tone for the upcoming wedding.

3. Venue. Since the engagement party, you can choose a place that is significant for your couple: the place of first meeting, first date, favorite restaurant. But a place chosen taking into account the interests and hobbies of both yours and those invited will do.

4. If your friends and relatives are talented in something, let them prove themselves and make a number at the party.

5. The format and theme of the holiday. With the format, everything is quite simple - will it be calm spiritual gatherings in the circle of loved ones or a large-scale party? Theme is already a broader field of thought. This can be either a stylized or thematic, or an ordinary celebration of the format of a trip to your favorite restaurant or club or a home feast. You can also make an active party - a go-kart, paintball, bowling or skating rink.

6. Design. If you are planning a stylized or themed party, you should think over the decor in advance. It is not necessary to do everything in detail and on a grand scale, as at a wedding, but it will not hurt to create at least a general atmosphere. The design of the banquet table and the small decor of the room can help with this. And you can ask the invitees to help with the props.

6. Already at the celebration of the engagement party, you can make available to guests a book for wishes and kind words.

7. Entertainment. If you are planning a self-organized party, and not a joint trip somewhere, then you should take care of the entertainment program. Win-win options - photo booth, live music, shows or a master class and original contests.

8. As a souvenir, you can issue a wedding invitation, if the date is already set. But, in any case, it is worth taking care of small gifts.

9. The party can be completely decorated with your own hands or to attract a few close friends.

10. A great idea is a home-made banquet of dishes fully prepared by the newly made bride and groom.

11. You can have a surprise party: gather all the invitees without divulging the occasion.

12. The engagement party is a great opportunity to check your chosen wedding experts, such as decorators, a photographer, a catering service.

13. Make sure that snacks and drinks are enough for all guests. By the way, you can try some of the dishes that will be present in the wedding menu.

14. Cake at many engagement parties is an indispensable part of the celebration. Of course, it should be much more modest than the wedding one - small in size, decorated with cute inscriptions (for example, "She said yes!") Or the names of the bride and groom. Instead of one dessert, you can prepare several different ones - macaroons, cupcakes, marshmallows, ice cream, caramelized apples, cotton candy or delicious pastries.

15. The future bride should not take too seriously the choice of dress for her pre-wedding party. In all its glory, it is better to appear at the wedding itself, but for now - keep the intrigue. You can wear a simple, feminine dress in white, cream or champagne. Guests are also better off putting formal dresses on until better times and opting for casual items.

16. Try to organize everything in such a way that during the party nothing distracts you from communication and fun. Still, this is your holiday. For example, order a buffet so that each guest can serve themselves, and you are not distracted by empty plates and thoughts about your inhospibility.

17. Invite a professional photographer who throughout the evening will track the most vivid, touching, funny, sweetest moments and capture them for you. In advance, ask a few of your close friends to help you in the celebration, if something goes wrong.

18. When the party comes to an end, do not forget to say a few words to your guests. Thank them for coming and sharing your joy with you, for their congratulations and possible gifts. If you are planning a modest wedding and some of the guests of your engagement are not included in the list of invitees to the main celebration, be sure to let this know so that later there are no misunderstandings and insults.


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Party format

Immediately consider in what format you want to have a holiday: will it be a modest family celebration or you want to call a bunch of people and have fun, will you celebrate separately with relatives, separately with friends or want to unite your loved ones at one event? The venue and budget will depend on the number of invitees and the format of the party.

Do not forget that the wedding itself is a very expensive pleasure, and if you add to it a bachelor party and a bachelorette party, as well as an engagement party, the amount will be completely astronomical. Therefore, allocate expenses by time - it is more convenient if there is still a lot of time before the wedding and all the holidays will follow at a certain interval.

Immediately outline the circle of invitees to the engagement party. It would be impolite to invite someone to share this joyful occasion with you, and then not to invite this person to the wedding itself. So immediately think ahead.

The engagement can be noted both in the restaurant and at home. The restaurant is more official and expensive, the home party is for a small number of invited and warm, almost family gatherings. A country house is ideal, on the plot of which you can put tables and organize music. You can also rent a house with a veranda at some recreation center and arrange an informal barbecue.

Try to arrange a celebration with the venue where the wedding is planned - it is possible that you will get a good discount. The advantage of the restaurant is that you do not have to cook and clean up the consequences of the holiday after the party yourself.

Party theme

The most fun parties are themed ones. Your engagement mini-celebration provides an excellent opportunity to “rehearse” the wedding and try yourself as the organizer of the event. There are two options:

  • At the wedding, you continue the theme set at the engagement party.
  • The engagement party will have a completely different theme than the wedding.

The first option is good if you doubt the topic you have chosen and want, as they say, to test it on a mass audience. And the second - if you like more than one topic: so you can realize your two creative ideas at once.

The engagement party is a great opportunity to check out your wedding experts, such as decorators, a photographer, a catering service.

Engagement - the meaning of this rite

Nowadays, observance of this custom is not an important condition for the wedding, and if the engagement takes place, then in a very simplified version.

The whole essence of this ceremony is reduced to the fact that on this day a young couple informs their relatives about the upcoming wedding. From that moment, they are officially considered the bride and groom and begin to prepare for the wedding. On this day, a wedding date is set, usually the engagement period lasts from three months to six months. During this time, the bride and groom should solve all organizational issues regarding the wedding celebration. At the same time, they are given extra time to test their feelings.

Organization of traditional engagement

The engagement initiative should come from a young person. He needs to prepare for the meeting of his relatives and agree with the girl’s parents. The best option would be if they are already familiar with each other.

On a certain day, a party is scheduled, which, as a rule, takes place in the house of the future bride. Only the closest relatives are invited to this family holiday - these are parents, brothers and sisters, grandfathers and grandmothers, godparents. You can combine the date of the engagement with some family holiday.

But if desired, the venue for the engagement can be a small restaurant or cafe. The main thing is that all participants in the event feel comfortable.

The long-awaited engagement evening

To treat guests, you should prepare a small buffet, a great idea is to celebrate this significant event with champagne.

The engagement should take place in a homely, relaxed atmosphere. Its organization does not require competitive programs and dances. But still you need to somehow diversify it. With witnesses, the groom can make an offer to the future bride by kneeling and offering her a ring. Or ask her hand from the girl’s father.

In memory of the event, you must leave the memory in the form of photographs. Then all the participants in the party discuss the details of the upcoming wedding and plan preparatory events. Relatives distribute responsibilities, who is responsible for what.

Congratulations and gifts

There are many options for congratulating a young couple on their engagement. You can compose touching verses, you can simply express your feelings in your own words or look for texts of congratulations on thematic forums. The main thing is that everything said comes from the heart - sincerely and sincerely. An original congratulation, for example, will be a banner installed in a conspicuous place.

An important issue is the theme of the engagement gift. What to present to the future bride and groom so that the engagement day remains forever in their memory?

The main gift for the bride is, of course - an engagement ring. It should not be confused with the rings exchanged by the newlyweds in the registry office. It is customary that the engagement ring be with a gem. And, of course, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers must be a must!

In the old days, a shirt sewn by the bride herself was a gift for the groom. Today, few people follow this custom. A good gift for him will be an expensive stylish shirt from a famous brand. This gift is perfectly complemented by precious metal cufflinks.

It is necessary to make small gifts for parents. As a presentation, can be presented: stylish scarves, expensive toilet water.

Relatives are not required large gifts. It can be flowers, a certificate for a romantic dinner in a restaurant, or something useful for family life, for example - a set of bed linen, small household appliances.

Engagement in a contemporary style

Nowadays, it is permissible to make changes to the script of the engagement corresponding to modern life. Here are some of them:

  • with the help of friends, organize a flash mob - the climax of which will be the original way of offering the bride an engagement ring,
  • you can resort to the help of artists - for example, to make an offer during a concert or circus performance,
  • theme party - take as a basis the story from a romantic film and play it,
  • to fulfill the cherished desire of the beloved girl - to organize a visit to her beloved museum, restaurant, give a puppy,
  • organize a romantic trip to an exotic country with ancient family traditions - it can be a trip to Japan.

There is no better way to show your love - how to fulfill even the smallest but cherished dream of your beloved!

Organization Tips

The engagement party does not require a detailed scenario, careful thought and involvement of specialists as a subsequent wedding, unless it is organized shortly before and echoes the upcoming celebration. But, in any case, the organization of the holiday on the occasion of the long-awaited engagement nevertheless obliges you to think over several important aspects.

  • Time spending. It’s best to stick to the golden mean - not to rush, but also not to procrastinate too long before you plunge into the planning and organization of the wedding itself. Give yourself and your loved ones to please and relax calmly, without too much rush and fuss. The exception, as already mentioned - the pre-wedding engagement is carefully planned, inscribed in the budget and setting the tone for the upcoming wedding.
  • Location. Since the engagement party, you can choose a place that is significant for your couple: the place of first meeting, first date, favorite restaurant. But a place chosen taking into account the interests and hobbies of both yours and those invited will do.
  • List of guests. The list of invitees needs to be thought out very carefully. The engagement party is a more informal and friendly event, which does not need to invite all the relatives and friends of those that you plan to call for a wedding. But, on the other hand, it is worth inviting only those whom you want to see at a future celebration to avoid resentment.
  • Format and theme of the holiday. With the format, everything is quite simple - will it be calm spiritual gatherings in the circle of loved ones or a large-scale party? Theme is already a broader field of thought. This can be either a stylized or thematic, or an ordinary celebration of the format of a trip to your favorite restaurant or club or a home feast. You can also make an active party - a go-kart, paintball, bowling or skating rink.
  • Decor. If you are planning a stylized or themed party, you should think over the decor in advance. It is not necessary to do everything in detail and on a grand scale, as at a wedding, but it will not hurt to create at least a general atmosphere. The design of the banquet table and the small decor of the room can help with this. And you can ask the invitees to help with the props.
  • Entertainment. If you are planning a self-organized party, and not a joint trip somewhere, then you should take care of the entertainment program. Win-win options - photo booth, live music, shows or a master class and original contests.

Entertainment for guests

If you plan to invite a lot of guests to your party, not all of whom are familiar, it is better to take care of the entertainment program in advance. Here are some good options to keep your guests happy.

  • Fun outdoor games
  • Live music
  • An interesting and unusual show or master class for guests
  • Video clip with the story of your love
  • Photo banner or photo zone
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Food and drink

Make sure that snacks and drinks are enough for all guests. By the way, you can try some of the dishes that will be present in the wedding menu. Look for useful ideas for organizing a buffet in our articles.

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And for those who want to try their hand at the role of decorator, our workshops will come in handy - there you will find many ideas for decorating the holiday.

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