03 Dec It’s Engagement Season! You May Have Two Parties to Plan For
It’s that time of year! Engagement season is here, bringing with it sweet proposal stories and happy couples. Statistically, the holiday season is the most popular time of year to get engaged—with over 40% of the year’s total proposals occurring from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. This is a busy time of year for newly engaged couples. There are bachelor parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and the wedding reception itself to plan. But all of these joyous occasions begin with one major event – the engagement party. Below are a few helpful tips to plan your engagement celebration.k
Setting the engagement party date
Generally, an engagement party is held within a month or two of the actual proposal. For all of the couples getting engaged during the holiday season, this is the perfect reason to throw a party and start the New Year off with a bang!
Who will host?
Traditionally, the bride’s family hosts and pays for the engagement party, but with wedding traditions changing and evolving it isn’t unusual for both families to share the responsibility.
The guest list
The first rule of thumb is to invite those that will ultimately be invited to the wedding itself. Start with family and friends, giving special attention to those who will be included in the wedding party and work from there.
The party menu
This is a celebration! Don’t forget about great cocktails to go along with great food. Engagement parties are not as formal as a wedding reception. It is the perfect setting to promote socializing and is a great way to incorporate appetizers and/or stations so guests can socialize.
Planning an engagement party
Engagement parties are not as formal as wedding receptions but they still require a great deal of planning. Use these tips as a jumping off for your party plans, and you will be able to host an engagement celebration to remember.
If you have a holiday engagement (and therefore an upcoming wedding or engagement party to plan for), we would love to help make your day special! We pride ourselves on creating food and drinks that best express your personality as a couple. We listen to your story and ideas to create an inspiring menu that compliments your wedding.