When it comes to southern traditions and weddings, engagement parties are traditionally that one party to kick off the celebration. Following tradition, it's the bride's parents who organize and host the engagement party. And it falls to the bride's father (or sometimes the fiance) to give the toast formally announcing the engagement. However, the groom's father may also have the opportunity to toast the happy couple.
The event can take any form that you choose. A lunch, a buffet, a dinner party or even a special trip, it doesn't matter as long as your comfortable with the arrangements.
Invitations can be made face to face or written according to the level of formality of the event. As a point of etiquette, only invite people to your engagement if you intend to invite them to your wedding (more on that in tomorrow's blog post).
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Sometimes the party is organized so that the announcement is a surprise to most of the guests, in which case, the invitations would have to be more general in nature.
If you don't want a traditional engagement party, there is an unlimited number of ways to celebrate. Your engagement celebrations can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination and financial position allows. Here are some ideas;
If you would like to mark the occasion with a formal celebration, why not opt for a dinner party. Invite your bridal party, closest friends and family to enjoy this highly personal way of announcing your big news. This option is tailor made to announce your engagement with a formal toast at your favorite restaurant with a private room or small venue.
Alternatively, if you want to celebrate at home in more informal surroundings, hold a cocktail party or drop in at your house or one of your close friends. Decide what day you want to hold your party and then invite your friends and family to "drop in." This might be the best option if you know a lot of people as the invite can be for several hours with the thought that people will stop by for a drink, something to eat, say congratulations and leave. You may even want to think about creating your own signature cocktail for the party. Something that represents the couple.
Finally, if your personality is more lively and fun, a fancy dress party can be a great way to celebrate.
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For many people, celebrations equals champagne. So a champagne engagement party fits the bill perfectly. And there are so many types of vintage available that there should be one to suite your budget.
Finally, you might want to consider a themed party. If you're going out on the town, most options revolve around the type of food on offer at the chosen venue. Anyone for Chinese, Mexican, Italian, etc.
I hope these ideas have helped with your planning. Once you decide on a theme and a plan, check out The Social Shop for ideas on helping dress up your parties. Don't see what you are looking for, email us.