Well! You want all your nearest and dearest there, but be mindful of the kind of wedding you are having. You don’t want to invite people you know you don’t want at the wedding. This is your time and your celebration, so you’re allowed to be a little selfish. So, here’s some tips for planning the ultimate engagement party.
1. Hold it at the right time.
We recommend holding it one to three months after the proposal if it’s going to be a long engagement, or six months before the wedding if it is to be a shorter engagement.
2. Send invites via email; save paper for the big day.
Paperless post have a myriad of invitation templates to use – we love the ones that you can add a picture to to make it extra personal.
3. Keep it low-key
You’ve got your wedding to go all-out with, so keep this relaxed and just a chance for your family and friends to get together to celebrate your exciting news.
4. For decorations, think lots of silver and gold – this is a celebration, after all!
From shimmering silver tassles to gold helium balloons, we say more is more. (Though watch your budget, as the cost of a wedding may surprise you.)
5. Ring themed food is acceptable, and oh-so fun!
Mini ring cookies or vol-au-vents with ‘diamonds’ on top will help set the theme for the day.
6. Keep costs down by serving guests champagne upon arrival or for a toast and moving to prosecco, sparkling wine or cocktails.
7. Register your wedding gift list.
People will want to buy you gifts, so it’s worth having some available that you know you want. Remember to include a mix to suit every budget.
8. Make sure they’re short and sweet
If you’re allowing speeches, make sure they’re short and sweet. Leave most of the words for the special day.
9. Keep it short and sweet
Think of it like a Christmas drinks party – write a start and end time on the invitation so guests know where they stand. Of course, if it drags on into the night, that’s your choice!