Happy New Year’s!!! ….and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Many of you are probably floating on cloud 9 after a romantic proposal this holiday season. We know how exciting a time like right now can be. We also know how excited you are to celebrate and share the news with your loved ones. What better way to celebrate than hosting an engagement party??
Start brainstorming on your budget (pinch pennies so that you can have more to spend on
your wedding), guest list (an intimate gathering or larger social party is fine, just remember, anyone invited to your engagement party automatically is counted on your wedding guest list), and theme (be as creative or romantic as possible). Also, timing is everything! Try to throw the party about a year before the wedding. This helps keep stress levels down for everyone involved in the planning process.
**On a traditional note: etiquette requires the bride’s family to host the couple’s engagement party. If the groom’s family is in another hometown, they may also host an engagement party for the couple. Alternatively, the couple or a combination of everyone can host it.
Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing:
- Celebrate your common interests! - take your loved ones on the paintball field for private play, scream to the top of your lungs at Six Flags, or enjoy a poolside BBQ
- Keep it simple! – invite all of your parents, grandparents, and siblings for an intimate gathering.
- Share your love for the game! – rent a skybox for a Cardinals or Rams game.
- Got Wine?? - host a wine tasting party or have a private tasting at a local winery (Mt. Pleasant Winery in Augusta, MO is beautiful!)