The engagement party is the kickoff to your wedding celebration. While proposals ultimately lead to the big wedding day, there are several moments to celebrate throughout the planning process. Especially (but not only!) if you have a long engagement, scattering parties, showers and events throughout the months can help you get through the long wait. These events are also a good trial run for all of the attention you’ll receive on the wedding day!
Should You Have an Engagement Party?
Whether or not to have an engagement party is up to you and your fiance. Not everyone wants to or feels comfortable having an engagement party, and you know what? That’s totally okay! It may not be in your budget, or you may not want the stress of planning it on top of everything else. There are plenty of reasons not to have one, and it is not a necessity for every couple.
But getting engaged is something worth celebrating. In whatever way feels right to you, take a moment to celebrate this huge moment in your life! It may be a big party, a small get-together, or even a night in with your new fiance.
Your family, friends or bridal party may offer to host an engagement party for you. Or, you and your fiance may want to throw a party on your own. In those cases, here are 10 unique ways to throw an awesome engagement party.
10 Ways to Throw an Engagement Party
It’s a fun idea to do something for your engagement that is quite different from the setting of your wedding. If you’re planning a fancy country club wedding, try something more low-key for your engagement party. If you’re getting married on a beach or you’re planning a more simple wedding, maybe you want to do something ritzy for your engagement party. There’s no rule to this, but use this suggestion as a prompt to help you brainstorm ideas for your engagement party theme.
1. Brunch and Mimosa Bar
Most weddings will serve dinner or even lunch – why not start the engagement off by treating your guests to breakfast? Offer a home-cooked brunch with your favorite pastries and breakfast staples, or treat your guests to brunch at you and your fiance’s favorite breakfast spot! Mimosa bars are always a big hit and make for a great way to celebrate.
2. Wine Tasting
Invite your guests to over for light appetizers, or cheese and chocolates to pair well with the wine tasting. In lieu of gifts, ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine. This is a great way to include your guests and give them a break for getting gifts – you’ll be getting plenty more gifts from them with showers and the actual wedding!
3. Backyard Barbecue
Invite guests over for a laid-back cookout using your finest paper plates and silverware! A barbecue is a fun way to celebrate while keeping the tone comfortable and fun.
4. Pinata Party
Do you and your fiance love Mexican food? Serve up tacos with chips and guacamole and have a pinata party! Have the guests write messages of advice to the couple on little pieces of paper and stuff them in the pinata, along with you favorite candy, of course. Break the pinata open at the end of the night and collect all of their loving messages!
5. Black and White Party
If your wedding is outdoors or more relaxed, a black and white party would be a fun way to do something different. Or event if your wedding is formal, a dressy black and white party is a good way to set people up for the theme. Make colorful cakes and drinks to add a pop of color to the scene.
6. Winter Wonderland Party
Just because you got engaged during the winter doesn’t mean you have to wait until the summer months to throw a party! Winter is the perfect time to play on the theme of a white wedding. Treat your guests to treats served all in white, like sugar donuts or white cupcakes. Make cocktails with sugar rims for that frosty feel.
7. Ice Cream Social
What better way to celebrate than with your favorite flavors of ice cream! Go all out with a sundae bar and soda fountain. Your guests will love it!
8. Trivia & Games
Yard games like ring toss and bags are a great way to entertain your guests. Make a trivia game by asking your guests specific things about you and your fiance, both separately and as a couple.
9. Movie Night
Are you and your fiance big movie buffs? Have a movie-themed engagement party with popcorn bins commemorating the moment he “popped” the question. Play wedding movies in the background, or picture slideshow to music with the couple’s favorite moments.
Get cozy with an outdoor fire. Roast marshmallows with your guests and serve hot chocolate. This is a great way to throw a laid-back engagement party.
Whether you throw a nice dinner party or a low-key family cookout, how you celebrate your engagement should suit you and your fiance’s style. Celebrate in a way that is fun and comfortable for you. Remember, this is just the beginning of the most memorable time of your life!