Friday, December 19, 2014

Wedding Events: The Engagement Party

The First Of Many Celebrations: A Chance To Share Your Engagement!

WHEN Within three months of the engagement.

WHO HOSTS Traditionally, the bride’s family hosts, but many of today’s couples take the reins or divvy up the duties between both families.

PRE­PARTY TO DO’S Keep the engagement party relatively casual (think shift dress with a bolero jacket and peep­-toe pumps). While etiquette does not require it, most guests will bring presents so consider starting a gift registry prior to the gathering. Expect guests to ask about the wedding date and plans; try to have some details in place (such as the time of year you want your nuptials) before the party date arrives.

THEME & DÉCOR A quaint brunch or evening cocktails are easy to pull off and set the right tone. Keep the menu simple with light refreshments, but make sure you have plenty of bubbly on hand. Sparkling wine such as Italian Prosecco is an unexpectedly chic alternative to more traditional Champagne. Dot tables with small floral arrangements or centerpiece cakes; tea lights add a nice touch for cocktails. Personalize the event in little ways with monogrammed items such as notepads, candy tins, etc. All are readily available online at sites such as beau­

VENUE Your family’s home, a chic lounge or a favorite restaurant is the perfect locale for this celebratory affair. Offer a brief toast to your upcoming nuptials and thank guests for sharing in your joy. Let them know how much you look forward to having them at your wedding.

GUEST LIST Only invite people who are sure to be on the wedding guest list. 
Bottom line: Keep it small and intimate.

By Patricia Canole
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1 comment:

  1. Planning for such an important event is really very difficult task and needs a proper checklist for every arrangement. Most of the people aren’t able to do all these arrangements so they hire domestic wedding planner to organize parties for them.