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.
“Glamping” is a term referred to as glamorous camping. Why would we associate this with weddings? For those couples who think that the average wedding lasts 5-6 hours–think again–weddings are turning into weekend-long events more than ever these days. Couples want their closest family and friends to stay with them to create lasting memories and kick off the start of their marriage. Think about having an outdoor reception, luxury tents for your guests to stay in and lots of food and games to keep the entertainment going all weekend. Here’s some ways you can add a few glamorous touches to your wedding:
1. Add a lounge area or two for your guests.
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2. Have lawn games such as: croquet, bocce, horsehoes, cornhole and ring toss.
Photos: Jodi Miller Photography
3. Rent or purchase chandeliers, drape white lights or hang paper lanterns to add lighting to your outdoor reception.
Photos (from left to right): Cooper Carras and Raquel Reis
Photos (from top to bottom): Jodi Miller Photography and Amber Wilkie Photography
What’s an “unplugged” wedding? This is when a couple asks their guests to turn off all electronic devices, including, cellphones, smart phones and cameras, during their ceremony and reception.
Why do this? Having an “unplugged” wedding allows for the professional photographers and videographers to do their job and allows for your guests to be more present and not be distracted by uploading their own photographs to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What do you think of this trend? Let us know in the poll below.