Your engagement party checklist

Engagement parties serve a variety of purposes. First, they allow you to formally announce your great news to friends and family. Second, it’s a chance for the future bride and groom’s loved ones to meet.

Not sure how to prepare for the party? Here is a checklist compiled by Martha Stewart Weddings, detailing everything you need to know:

Two months before
Choose the host and date – Although tradition calls for the bride’s family to host the engagement party, times are changing and a lot of times the groom’s family will have a hand in the planning. But if either of those options are not possible, throw the party yourself! The date should be set around four months after the engagement.

Compile your guest list – While you may want to invite acquaintances to your engagement party, a good rule of thumb is for the guest list to only include people who will be attending the wedding.

One month before
Mail invitations – Try using one of our custom designed save-the-date cards or coasters, they can double as invitations! with a nice photo of the engaged couple. There is no need to make it too fancy – engagement parties are supposed to be a relaxed occasion for people to mix and mingle. However, it’s important to let guests know what type of party you will throwing so they can dress appropriately. Also, if you prefer that guests not bring gifts, say so on the invitation.

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Plan menu
– Even if you are simply serving appetizers at a cocktail event, still pay close attention to the menu. Have a variety of options on hand to cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies. We have various styles of menu to fit your occasion perfectly, whether its elegant and sophisticated, or simple and fun, we’ve got your menu covered.

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Choose decorations – Whether you are having a formal occasion or a few people over for drinks, you should add a personalized touch. Customized napkins and coasters can showcase the theme of the party in a playful way.

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Week of party
Go shopping – If the party is taking place at your house, buy the food a week before to give yourself wiggle room in case one store is out of a particular item.

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Setup – Arrange the decorations and food at least an hour before guests are set to arrive. If you feel like you need some help, don’t be afraid to ask your close friends to show up early to lend a hand!

Be sure to check out all of our great engagement party essentials to make your event a night to remember.

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