One of the most fun but also less publicized pre-wedding traditions is the engagement party. Engagement parties used to be thrown by the couples’ parents or friends, but since a lot of couples are getting married in their late 20’s to late 30’s, more and more couples are hosting their own celebrations. Instead of parents’ colleagues and extended family members, these parties are for your friends and co-workers. It’s a great opportunity for your wedding party to get to know each other (if they don’t already), and to introduce any themes or color palettes that you’re planning to make integral to your wedding.
The spectrum of possibilities for your engagement party is staggering. You could do something laid-back and fun like a barbecue in your backyard, a semi-formal dinner party at your favorite restaurant, or a themed party, complete with costumes and decorations to incorporate!
According to the Huffington Post, upscale bowling alleys have become an increasingly popular engagement party venue! You can play bridesmaids against groomsmen, and everybody looks cute in bowling shoes! Since we live in Oregon, why not take your party wine-tasting? You could do a mini-tour of a variety of local wineries. You could also reserve a tasting room or a wine bar, that way you can stay in one place and the wine comes to you.
Obviously in addition to celebrating your upcoming nuptials with your family and friends, half the fun of the party is the food! A really fun trend in party food is doing a mini buffet. The bite-sized portions make it easy to wander around and socialize, plus they’re small enough to allow you to try everything. The whole “bar” concept makes party food and beverages fun and easy: a coffee bar, a dessert, a cocktail bar, a sushi bar… the options are nearly endless and are a great way to tailor your celebration food to reflect your tastes. I also have to throw in one of our Charlotte’s Weddings preferred vendors, Cupcake Jones. They do amazing cupcakes and are so much fun to work with!
Some couples also like to take advantage of the engagement party as the perfect opportunity to take their engagement pictures. If you’re planning on having a photographer at the party anyway, check with them to see if you can work in a little time to snap some shots of you and your spouse-to-be. It’s a great chance to get some candid shots of the bride with each of her maids or the groomsmen in their natural party environment.
Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it! It’s time to celebrate this exciting new chapter in your life and let loose and party a little before it’s time to buckle down and start planning the wedding!
Congratulations to all you happy couples,