You're engaged - hip, hip, hooray! You've made the commitment to marry and you're probably distracted by the thought of what your actual wedding is going to look like! It's all very well to imagine your wedding but now that you're here - so. many. decisions!
Before you get swept away with wedding planning, it's time to celebrate with your nearest and dearest about your pending nuptials. An engagement party may cause a little bit of stress as it's often the first official party you and your partner have organised together, it might be the first time a lot of your friends and family are meeting, and it might put some pressure on the bank funds.
But we are here to tell you your engagement party doesn't need to be stressful, awkward or stressful. Here are three cool ideas for your engagement party.
I do, Barbeque
Picture this, an afternoon in a local park or relatives backyard, where people can come and go whenever suits them. This is a great solution for the budget-conscious as there are minimal costs aside from food and drinks. It's also super family-friendly meaning kids and pets can come too! Our only advice with this one is to ensure you have a wet-weather plan (as always!).
Relies on good weather
Clean up afterward
Traditional Table Setting
Hiring a restaurant is a popular decision for couples as it is a more controlled environment. Meaning, there'll be a set time, set budget, even a set menu. You won't have to worry about running out of wine or keeping it cool, and you won't need to clean up afterward.
More formal occasion
No clean up required
Potential time restrictions
Can be a more expensive option
Hosting your engagement party at a cool pub might be the best of both worlds. You can put some money on the bar and your guests can grab a bite to eat if they wish. It can be as formal or informal as you like and it doesn't rely on the weather (unless of course there is a rooftop).
Can be adapted to the budget
No clean up required
Not weather dependent
Can be as formal or informal as you like
Are there any?
At the end of the day, your friends and family are there to celebrate your love and future wedding. It's such an exciting time for a couple. Our best advice is to do what you're comfortable with, and don't sweat the small stuff.
If you have any questions, we're just an email away.