Congratulations! This time of year brings us full circle for our Lauren O. Brides and eagerly making consultation appointments with our newly engaged ladies. Summer love is in the air and we are inspired by the trends and wedding themes taking shape for 2018. If you just slipped the ring on your finger, you’re ready to download our Wedding Planning Checklist. On the top of the list: planning an engagement party. Who hosts? What’s the goal? Where to begin? We have all the tips you need.
Depending on how you originally shared the news, friends and family are eager to celebrate and offer their advice on your wedding planning. Planning the party is a time for everyone to hug, exchange gifts, and announce any details. We recommend waiting a little bit of time before throwing the party to give yourselves time as a couple to settle in to the new engagement. Your guests will have plenty of questions, and you may want to have a footing on some of these ideas before they start asking you to dish.
The where & when:
Traditionally, the bride’s family hosts a the event either for dinner at a restaurant or at their home. We always say, breaking tradition is trending! There is no problem hosting the event yourselves, or collaborating the soiree with both families. The goal stays the same: the official announcement of your wedding to be. Whether you opt for appetizers and champagne or a full dinner with evening cocktails it is important to let the night reflect your personalities. Be relaxed about it!
The invites! Give your guests at least a month’s notice for the event. In the age of social media, formal invitations are not always needed for this type of event, but are traditional. The guest list typically includes the first confirmed wedding invitees, such as close friends and family, but can extend further if you decide to have a larger gathering. No formal theme is needed and can be combined with other announcements to remain casual but exciting!
Either way you spin it, just have fun! You’ll receive many “Congratulations,” and share hugs and smiles with the ones you love.
Until next time, happy planning!
Photo: JC Carley for Robert Norman Photography