A marriage is a time for celebrating the love you and your future spouse have for one another. And while you and your loved one are likely excited for your wedding day and the life that you’ll have together from that time forward, your friends and family are likely also excited to share in this joy with you through throwing you parties and celebrations along the way.
If you’ll be getting engaged soon and are wanting to throw an engagement party to celebrate this once it happens, here are three tips for planning your engagement party.
With so much to plan and prepare for as part of your wedding, it’s important that if you’re going to have an engagement party that you don’t delay holding it.
Generally, an engagement party should be thrown within three to four months after you’ve gotten engaged. While this might seem fast, you want to have this party while your engagement is still fresh in the minds of your guests. But, according to Jaimie Mackey, a contributor to Brides.com, it is okay to delay your engagement party by slightly more time if you’re planning to have a long engagement or if traveling for your engagement party necessitates you postponing for a period of time.
Be Wise With The Guest List
For your engagement party, you may want to be careful with who you invite to your festivities, as many people feel that if they get invited to the engagement party, they should automatically also be invited to the wedding itself.
To know how to navigate these waters, The Knot shares that if you, your fiance, or any of your parents are throwing your engagement party, you probably should be sure to invite everyone that was invited to that party to your wedding as well. But if anyone else was hosting your engagement party for you, you can have a little bit more leeway when it comes to including those same guests at any subsequent wedding parties of activities.
Discuss Toasts And Speeches Beforehand
At engagement parties, it’s customary for certain people to give toasts or speeches for the couple getting married. However, just because this is traditional doesn’t mean that people will know what’s expected of them or be willing to participate.
To alleviate any potential issues with this, Martha Stewart Weddings recommends that you discuss toasts and speeches with those who you’d like to give them before the actual engagement party. This will give them time to prepare if necessary or allow for anyone who isn’t comfortable with this to share their reservations with you beforehand.
If you’re going to be having an engagement party soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you in planning this event.