What can be more fun than hanging with your best girls on your big day?! Sipping on champagne, chatting it up, giggling about how the day will go and of course the time-honored tradition of being helped into your dress and shoes. So while the photographer may be snapping away during these moments, don’t forget to get a few stylized shots of your troupe before getting dressed.
Some great examples are you and your crew posing in your robs or a shot with you all on the bed or with your hands or feet together. I love a group that’s dressed alike in clothing that designates who they are in the wedding; bridesmaids and flower girl t-shirts, track suits and tank tops.
You’ve just gotten engaged – CONGRATULATIONS!! Now what? Well how about having a party, your engagement party that is. What better way to celebrate the occasion as well as announce your bridal party and introduce both families. Your engagement party should take place within three (3) months of your proposal. It can be as formal or casual as you prefer. The typical party will include a game or two, food, fun and friends. It’s also a good idea to acknowledge your wedding party with a token of your gratitude but it’s certainly not mandatory.
I’ve always preferred a really nice cocktail party or a nice sit down dinner party where you can decorate appropriately with a nice tablescape that will echo the theme of your wedding. Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride’s parents but there is nothing to say that in this day and age to hinder the groom’s parents from joining in on the fun or the couple from hosting the party themselves.
Engagement parties are typically intimate affairs. I like the feel of a grown up event, with few to no games at all, just festivities, it’s not a bridal shower or bachelorette party mind you. Typically parties are held in someone’s home but restaurants or hotel event spaces have been used as well. Whatever you choose to do for your engagement party be sure to remember it’s about you, your fiancé and announcing your intent to marry to those you hold most dear.
Some helpful hints are to be sure to budget for the event. An engagement party is like any other important event. Several aspects come into play such as possible space rental, food & beverage, invitations, game prizes, cake, decorations and gifts for your honor attendants. But we’ll touch on the various aspects of the engagement party in Part 2 of “Announcing your engagement with style“.