Engagement Parties - How to Host an Engagement Party
Do you have a child recently engaged? Give the couple a gift by hosting their first engagement party to
celebrate the promise of love. Traditionally, parents are the ones who host engagement parties. But
nowadays, a close friend or the couple themselves can throw the party. Being the host to an engagement
party is definitely fun, but there are also important considerations if you want to make the party a success.
Engagement party planning can be difficult and complicated as you will need to deal with a lot of details
and aspects needed to make your party exciting, fun and a truly momentous event for the lovers as they
announce their promise to one another, and to all the people who care for them.
Here are some tips from events planner and organisers on the proper way to host an engagement party;
Make it Complementary to the couple – You are hosting the party, but the party is not for you.
Thus, consider what the couple would want and enjoy in their engagement party, not what
you would have wanted. If possible, ask the couple in the engagement party planning for
details that they want to include.
Choose your guests carefully – Engagement parties do not have the enforced cordiality of
formal and luxury events like weddings. With the less ceremonial setting, people are free to
mingle and socialise, as what is expected. Thus, make sure that you only invite people who
will be welcomed by the couple. A good hint in screening your guests would be their reaction
to the impending marriage. Unless they are truly important to the couple, like parents or
siblings, avoid inviting people who are not exactly happy with the engagement. Also, make
sure that you have a balance of guests for both the groom’s and the bride’s family.
Provide entertainment – Engagement parties are known to get boisterous and loud as the
party wear on. But to get to that stage, your guest and the couple have to go through
important and traditional ceremonies like toasting to the couple, display and admiration of the
ring and marriage advice recitals from parents. Sustain the fun in the party by interspersing
ceremonies with fun games, activities and entertainment.
Do not try to upstage the Wedding – Engagement parties although appropriately lavish and
elegantly staged, should never upstage the wedding. Leave the formal setting, dress and
ceremonies for the wedding. Engagement is all about formally announcing a promise to
marry, and the celebration that comes with it. If unsure, consult an event management
company to guide and help you plan the party.