The engagement party - aka, the pregame that sets the tone for the rest of the time planning and orchestrating your wedding with your wedding party. For those of you totally in the dark, the engagement party is held to celebrate the new happy couples' engagement. This is a time for the future wedding party and guests to get to know one another, as they will be spending ample time with each other as the wedding planning commences. Incorporate one (or many) of these ideas into your engagement party.
This is a theme that works whether your budget is tight or relaxed. Trying to cut costs? Host this themed engagement party at home and search Pinterest for fun brunch recipes you and your wedding party can prepare before guest arrive (this creates a fun bonding experience, as well). Wanting to sit back and relax? Make reservations at your favorite local brunch spot, or stay home and cater in. Let the bottomless mimosa flow!
How can anyone feel low when they're sitting so high? Picking a rooftop restaurant to host your engagement party adds swank and sophistication without adding to your budget. Small party? Simply call and make a reservation. For larger parties, request information on how to reserve a larger space. Whether you're in Springfield, Kansas City, or St. Louis, there's a rooftop ready to accommodate you and your guests.
Who doesn't love great hor d'oeuvres? Get fancy with a cocktail hour theme by having guests dress in black tie and being on their most proper behavior. This theme is flexible, allowing you to stay in, or go out, making reservations at a fine-dining restaurant or simply hosting at home.
Who doesn't love a good fiesta? If the couple of honor never skips a Margarita Monday or Taco Tuesday, a spicy engagement party may be just what they need. Go the traditional route and host a taco night, or class it up by hosting at a venue and catering in Mexican tapas from your favorite local restaurant.
Wine not? Host your engagement party at a local vineyard for gorgeous views, cheese platers, and of course, wine. Pull up some chairs and order a few bottles of wine for a casual event, or arrange a party through a full-service winery .
Did somebody say vacation? Go all out and take your wedding party out for the time of their lives by embarking on new territory together. While many couples save the celebratory vacation for the bachelor or bachelorette party, getting both the bridesmaids and groomsmen together on a get-away is a good way to bond and create friendships. Low on funds? create a staycation and book a couple rooms at a ritzy local hotel for a fun night out of the town.