Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the engagement party. But, these days it is just as common for the groom’s parents or even other family members or friends to coordinate the event. Engagement parties tend to be informal, although many couples prefer a more structured event with a sit-down dinner at an event space. The type of event determines whether formal invitations should be sent or guests can be invited via email, text message, etc.
Keep in mind that it is customary to only invite people to the engagement party if they will be invited to the wedding. Exceptions can be made to this rule of thumb, of course. For example, often coworkers or others who understand they won’t be invited to the wedding may be encouraged to stop by the engagement party and raise a glass to the happy couple.
Generally speaking, people don’t bring presents to engagement parties, though some guests might want to. If invitees express an interest in purchasing something, the couple may choose to get their wedding registry set up before the event.
Engagement parties can be held anywhere, including at a home or restaurant. Many hosts choose a party venue like Gallery 1874, as this makes the planning and execution of the party easier, and also tends to make it a more memorable event.
Engagement Party Planning Made Simple
Follow these party planning pointers to coordinate an incredible engagement gathering:
What’s the Most Important Tip of All?
The most important tip of all for engagement party planners and the couple? Have fun! Too often, planning and preparing for a party can put people in a “work” frame of mind. But, parties in general and engagement parties in particular are about kicking back and enjoying the moment! Once guests start arriving, it is time to take off your event planner hat and put on your party hat!
That’s where choosing to host your party at an event venue can be to your advantage. Not only will the venue staff help you come up with great ideas and coordinate all the details, they take the lead in ensuring that the party plays out exactly as you have envisioned it and that everyone has a great time. Plus, if any issues arise, they can address them while you continue to enjoy visiting with your guests.
Our beautiful, pre-statehood building at Gallery 1874 is a fun, festive, and unique venue for an engagement party. From the eye-catching art on the walls to the stylish finishes, it is an impressive, yet affordable, place to host an event.
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