If you’re planning an engagement party, you want everything to be perfect. There are many details to keep track of—from the cake to the invitation design of engagement cards and RSVPs. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. With some preparation and help from friends and family, your engagement party can be what you dreamed it would be. Here are some tips for making sure your upcoming event goes off without a hitch:
Hire a professional baker
You can hire a professional baker to make your cake and cupcakes, cookies, or brownies on your behalf—and be confident that everything will taste delicious. They’ll also help you with the details, like finding a great cake stand to display your treat (or treats), arranging flowers around it (if you want) and ensuring that everything fits perfectly together.
Rely on friends and family to help you
- Ask for help from those who want to be involved.
- Organize a team of people who can help with the planning, organization and set-up ahead of time.
- Delegate tasks among your team members so that everyone has something to do at the party.
Order your engagement party invitations early
When planning your engagement party, you should order your invitations at least a month in advance. This way, you have time to get it all squared away before the big day and don’t have to worry about rushing around. You can either order the engagement cards online or in person.
Invitations should be simple and elegant; they should include information about when and where you will be hosting the affair and any other details such as dress code, who will be attending (including children), etc. If you want to send out an initial invitation with RSVP information on it, then make sure to do so at least two weeks before the party.
Shop for engagement decorations together
As you start to plan, it’s crucial to think about what you will do with the decorations after the engagement party. Consider looking at them as a way of saving money by purchasing decorations that can be used for both parties. You can also use them for your wedding, but if you don’t want to take the chance that they’ll clash with your wedding décor or theme, consider renting some new items for the big day instead.
This is an excellent opportunity for couples to shop together and choose a theme that reflects what they like best—whether vintage or modern, elegant or casual—or all of these combined.
Play games that get your guests talking about how you met.
The right games will get your guests talking about how you met and what it was like to work with you. It would be best if you also made sure that the games are fun for all your guests, including your children and relatives.
Many different types of games can be used for an engagement party. However, some of the most popular include:
- Games that ask everyone to share stories about how they met (or got together) with the couple
- Games where each person describes themself as if they were a character in a movie or book
- Quizzes related to things like romance novels or love songs
Ask for help planning food and drinks
- Order food from a caterer. It’s only sometimes possible to plan an event that is entirely within your budget, but this is one area where it’s easy to make budget-friendly choices. Caterers are experts at ensuring everything runs smoothly and making great-tasting meals everyone enjoys.
- Ask friends and family members to help bring food or drinks
Set a budget
Set a budget for your engagement party. Your wedding is approaching, and you might be thinking about how much money you have spent on the big day. You have to keep in mind that your engagement party will cost as much or even more than your wedding. That’s because this event is for people who aren’t close family members or friends—people who are invited. After all, they are part of the couple’s lives but not necessarily close enough to be considered family.
Planning an engagement party can be a lot of work. But it can be manageable if you’re organized and ask for help. The most important thing is to enjoy your time with loved ones and celebrate your upcoming nuptials.