Planning an Engagement party Ideas

Engagement Party 101 { Advice }

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Planning an Engagement Party

So you’re planning an engagement party, congratulations! For many couples an engagement party is a must to celebrate this amazing milestone with friends and family, although working out what to spend on your celebration can be a little tough. No one wants to blow their savings before the wedding, and your fiance has just had to pay for an engagement ring and the proposal. So chances are, you’re looking for something budget-friendly, but still an amazing event to commemorate this exciting new journey you are going to embark on as a couple.

There are lots of ways you can be smart about managing the costs of this event, and no one expects your engagement celebration to be a second wedding. So take a deep breath and relax, we’re here to help you with lots of great options for planning a pocket-friendly engagement party with all the beautiful special touches and unique ideas our members have come to expect from us!

1. First things first.

engagement parties in south africaWe get lots of emails from our members asking us about engagement party timing. Questions like, “How soon should we throw our engagement party?” and “We got engaged six months ago, do you think we should just leave it and save for the wedding?”. It’s never too late to throw a special engagement celebration. But our advice would be that before you head down the planning path, establish your budget and expectations. This will allow you to build a realistic idea of what you can and can’t do.

Most parents will want to bless this new chapter in your relationship with a gift. A suggestion is asking them instead to contribute to your engagement party.Engagement Party 101 ou could ask them to get for the event. Examples are a few bottles of wine or champagne, covering the venue hire fee, paying for a few canapes or possibly even the entertainment. You will know best what you feel comfortable asking for, and whether or not this is something you could consider.

Sit down as a couple and discuss what you would like to spend on the event, and how you see your celebration. Will it be a dinner at your favourite restaurant, a picnic in the park, a braai with only close friends, or maybe a cocktail party at a family home? Remember that because this is just the engagement party, it is not expected for you to cover everyone’s drinks and to have a paid menu.

engagement party ideas picsOnce you’ve got an outline of your budget, you can begin looking at potential dates and venues. And while the date you select is completely reliant on your schedules, we would suggest throwing the party within the first 3 months of your engagement.

2. The Venue & Style

Once you have a good understanding of what you can spend on the party, you can start compiling a list of potential engagement party venues. Remember to use your budget as a guideline for the type of event you want to throw.

We’ve put together a basic outline below of a few engagement party venue options based on budget brackets and whether you want to throw a relaxed or more formal party.

Conservative Budget Venue Ideas:

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A public park or botanical gardens: plan an engagement party picnic in a beautiful local park. Ask guests to bring picnic blankets, snacks & drinks and set up a lovely area with umbrellas and lawn games. You could also create an awesome drinks table with supplied punch and other refreshments as well as have a few special food items catered for.

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If it is a fancy venue, then it may be appropriate to have a black-tie event, but if it is a casual venue, it is not necessary to wear something so fancy as a ball-gown or a tuxedo.

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