Photo: Cotto Valley Country Club
Soon after your engagement, not only is it common to have an intimate party to formally announce your upcoming wedding, but it also signifies the official start of your wedding countdown! Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the event, but it’s not uncommon that the groom’s parents, relatives or friends will want to host an engagement party as well. In that case, you might opt to have two or more parties. One with your family that’s more formal and one with your friends that’s a bit casual.
Keep in mind that your guest list should be considerably shorter than who you plan on inviting to the wedding. In addition, plan on doing a lot of talking. Each guest will want to congratulate you on your engagement once the party starts, so take time to speak with them. Of course, there should also be a toast from the bride’s father and your fiance.And don’t forget to toast your host! Gifts are not required from guests, but as a token of appreciation, the bride and groom should give a gift to the host at the end of the party.
Are you having an engagement party? If so, who is your host? Let us know in the poll below.
Dresses by (clockwise from top left), Jim Hjelm, Encore by Watters, Theia, and David’s Bridal. All photos by Dan Lecca
If you’re having an engagement party, you’re probably scouring your closet, the mall, or your favorite shopping websites for an appropriate outfit. Depending on your engagement party’s venue and theme, there are several different types of ensembles you could wear, but we think the short, white dress is a safe bet. The four (brand-new!) dresses pictured above are some of our favorites.
Jim Hjelm: We love this style for an engagement fete at your family’s favorite restaurant. The lace, bow, and flouncy silhouette keep things feminine, but the beading ups the glam factor.
Encore by Watters: This dress would look gorgeous at an outdoor, waterside celebration. We love the sweet lace paired with the form-fitting silhouette and neckline.
David’s Bridal: Are your friends throwing you a fiesta at your favorite nightclub? Try this sparkly style with its open sleeve detail – so chic and glam!
Theia: For an outdoor backyard event, try this super-girly lace dress with a fun retro feel.
Which of these dresses would you wear to your engagement bash? Let us know in the comments!
When it comes to celebrating your engagement, why not throw a party? A traditional engagement party is hosted by the bride’s parents and both sides of the families should be invited along with your closest friends. It can be a formal affair or casual backyard party as long as there are cocktails involved. However, these are not the only options. Whether you are having a party for 50 or 15, be creative! Here is some inspiration that’s in between the two:
Photos (clockwise from top left): Averyhouse, Steven Steinhardt Photography, Jodi Miller Photography and Cassidy Brooke Photography
A Formal Affair
Choose your favorite venue for a sit down dinner or family style buffet. Let a pro handle the food, drinks, decor and entertainment, but remember not to upstage the actual wedding day!
Casual Backyard Party
If you are having the party at home, feeding your guests hors d’oeuvres is always a safe option. Otherwise, ask your guests to bring a dish or make it a potluck. After you pop some bubbly with your closest family and friends, play a few outdoor games such as: croquet, cornhole, ring toss or horseshoes for entertainment. What’s better than a dessert table? A s’mores bar! End the night with a bonfire so you can enjoy this sweet treat.
Where are you having your engagement party? Let us know in the comments below.