Our Engagement Party Checklist is a must-have for party planning perfection. We have everything you need to make this more party and less planning.
But first… One word. Fifteen letters. Oh, we can’t wait to say it… CONGRATULATIONS! As new members of the nearly wed club, we are sure you have plenty of questions. Don’t worry. We are here to help. The Wedding Pros at the Springfield Country Club have just the checklist to make your engagement party a smash!
- Decide Who is Hosting
Usually, the parents receive this honor, but anyone you love, including you, can host this bash. Your host or hosts should be trusted and understand your style as a couple. Whoever you choose, make sure they know how involved you want to be.
- Make a Guest List
No obligation invitations here. Invite only your nearest and dearest, i.e. close family and friends. The only rule is to invite people who will be attending the wedding. Don’t worry about people left off this list. The engagement party is the first of many pre-wedding parties to come.
- Select a Venue
Engagement parties can be big or small and as informal or as formal as you’d like. The venue options are endless. A good rule of thumb is to have it close to where a majority of your guests are to avoid pre-wedding party fatigue. Narrow it down by considering the number of guests, the vibe you want, any onsite amenities, and your budget.
- Pick a Date
Time to whip out those calendars and avoid any scheduling conflicts. Picking a date that works for as many of your loved ones as possible can be difficult, but you’ll want to choose a date 2-3 months after you said yes. You’ve got this.
- Pick a Theme
The main idea is to celebrate. How that looks to you is all that matters. Picking the theme is an opportunity to incorporate meaning, share interests, or have a contrasting look to your wedding décor.
- Plan a Menu
Whether you choose alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, it’s not a party without food. How light or expansive the food served is up to you, but be sure to specify it on the invitation so your guests can plan accordingly.
- Decide Gifts, No Gifts, Or Charitable Giving
Choose the option that best fits your needs as a couple. At this stage, gift-giving is informal, so there is no need to build a registry. But if you don’t want gifts or you’d like to support a cause, note it on your invitations.
- Send Invitations
Be sure to send out paper or e-invitations 4-6 weeks in advance and include an RSVP date. Have fun with the look. The invitations don’t have to match the rest of your wedding stationery.
- Plan an Activity
Ready, set, mingle! Your engagement party isn’t just a celebration of your love. It’s an opportunity to bond the community you are building together, and there is no shortage of fun ways to do that. So set up a photo station, dance to your favorite mixes, or bring on the games for an unforgettable time.
- Decide What to Wear
You’ve set the scene now own the room! Your attire should be a reflection of the setting and the type of celebration you want to have.
An engagement is one of the biggest milestones in a couple’s journey together, and we hope this engagement party checklist allows you to have fun and celebrate this moment. If you are ready to start planning your engagement party, our sales and events team would love to hear from you!