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How to Plan an Engagement Party

Congratulations! The question’s been popped and now it’s time to start down the road of wedding planning. For some couples, that means planning a wedding quickly so that they can officially tie the knot soon. But for other couples, the wedding might be months – or even years – away.

If you’re going to have a long engagement, but you don’t want to wait to celebrate, you can host an engagement party to “officially” announce the news. Sure, announcing it on Facebook is fun, but why not have a party, too? It’s also a great time to ask your friends and family if they will perform a role in your wedding!

So, what does planning an engagement party involve? These steps will give take you through the process, from the idea for the party to the day you get to officially announce your engagement.

Decide What’s Most Important to You

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First, you and your partner need to decide what’s most important to you both. If it’s having a fun time with your friends, then just invite the friends who you think will make your engagement party a blast. If your priority is creating an opportunity for your family to meet your friends who will be involved in the wedding, then invite family members, too. Think about games you could play (if you like games!) and make sure to plan those ahead of time.

Organize the Food

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Let’s face it: parties are always better when there’s food. You and your partner should decide ahead of time how much and what kind of food you want to serve your guests. Ask family members and close friends if they can help prepare. If it’s in your budget, you could always order out or hire a caterer.

Plan the Decorations

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The decorations are one of the most fun and exciting parts of the whole wedding process, from the engagement party to the big day itself. Your engagement party is your first opportunity to give your friends and family a glimpse into what you’re thinking about for the style of your wedding. You can buy streamers in your wedding colors or, if you’re thinking about going with a theme, you can start gathering decorations that will go with your wedding theme. It’s never too early to start!

Relax and Enjoy!

Your engagement party is all about celebrating the fact that you and your partner have decided to start the crazy journey of planning a wedding and the ultimate journey of marriage. This party celebrates the commitment you and your partner have made to each other for the rest of your lives. While planning and organizing the party might be a lot of work, when it’s time for the party to start, sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

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