When to Host Your Engagement Party?
A Guide for the Newly Engaged

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Congratulations on your engagement!

Now that you’ve said “yes” to your significant other, it’s time to celebrate with your loved ones. Hosting an engagement party is a fun way to kick off your wedding planning journey and share your joy with close friends and family members. But when is the best time to throw this pre-wedding party? Here’s a guide to help you decide the perfect timing for your engagement party.

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Timing Your Engagement Party

Shortly After the Engagement

Many couples choose to have their engagement party soon after the proposal, while the excitement is still fresh. Ideally, you should aim to host your party within a few months of getting engaged. This timeline allows you to celebrate with loved ones before diving deep into wedding planning and other pre-wedding events like the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner.

Consider Your Wedding Timeline

Your engagement party should be well in advance of your actual wedding day. If you’re planning a long engagement, you have more flexibility in scheduling your party. However, if your wedding is less than a year away, plan the engagement party sooner rather than later to avoid overlap with other wedding events.

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Creating the Guest List

When it comes to the engagement party guest list, it’s typically more intimate than the wedding guest list. Focus on inviting close family members, best friends, and the wedding party. This smaller, more personal group allows you to celebrate with those who mean the most to you.

Engagement Party Etiquette

According to engagement party etiquette, anyone invited to the engagement party should also be on the wedding guest list. Make sure to coordinate with both sets of parents to ensure no one important is left out. Sending out engagement party invitations, whether paper or digital, should be done at least a month in advance to give your guests ample time to RSVP.

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Choosing the Type of Party

The type of engagement party you host can vary greatly depending on your preferences and budget. Here are a few popular engagement party ideas:

Cocktail Party

A cocktail party is a chic and elegant way to celebrate your engagement. This type of party is perfect for an evening event where guests can mingle, enjoy drinks, and toast to your future nuptials.

BBQ or Casual Get-Together

For a more low-key celebration, consider hosting a BBQ or casual get-together. This option is great for a relaxed atmosphere and can be held in your backyard or at a local park. It’s an excellent choice for the bride-to-be and groom who prefer a laid-back vibe.

Destination Engagement Party

If you and your partner love to travel, a destination engagement party can be a unique and memorable way to celebrate. Whether it’s a beach bash or a weekend in the mountains, a destination party adds an adventurous twist to your celebration.

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Planning the Details

Venue and Decor

Choose a venue that suits the tone of your engagement party, whether it’s a formal event space, a cozy home setting, or an outdoor venue. Decor should reflect your personal style and the theme of the party, setting the stage for a festive atmosphere.

Engagement Party Invitations

Formal invitations add a special touch to your engagement party. Whether you opt for printed invitations or digital ones via your wedding website, ensure they include all the necessary details like date, time, venue, dress code, and RSVP information.

Engagement Photos

Incorporating engagement photos into your party decor can be a lovely way to personalize the event. Display your favorite shots around the venue for guests to enjoy.

Dress Code

Clearly state the dress code on your invitations so guests know what to expect. Whether it’s cocktail attire, casual wear, or something specific to your theme, guiding your guests will help them feel comfortable and appropriately dressed.

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Incorporating Wedding Planning

An engagement party is also a great opportunity to gather input from close family and friends about your wedding plans. You can share your vision for the big day, discuss potential dates, and even gather ideas for your wedding registry.

Engagement Gifts

While engagement gifts are not mandatory, some guests may want to bring a token of their congratulations. Consider creating a small wedding registry or suggesting simple gift ideas to make it easier for those who wish to give.

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Incorporating Extended Family and Wedding Etiquette

For newly engaged couples, involving extended family and ensuring proper wedding etiquette are important aspects of planning your own engagement party. It’s a perfect occasion to introduce family members from both sides and to begin building relationships that will last through the wedding and beyond. Including the bride’s parents and closest friends in the planning process can also help ease any stress. Paper invitations are a traditional choice that adds a touch of formality and importance to your engagement announcement, while also providing clear details about the event. When considering pricing and budget, keep in mind that an engagement party doesn’t have to be extravagant. The goal is to celebrate your new status as an engaged couple and enjoy this special moment with your loved ones.

Hosting an engagement party is an exciting first step in your wedding journey. By considering the timing, guest list, and type of celebration, you can create a memorable event that sets the tone for your wedding planning adventure. Whether you choose a formal cocktail party, a casual BBQ, or a destination bash, the most important thing is to celebrate your love with those closest to you. Cheers to your future together!