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Engagement Party Planning: The First Steps Towards 'I Do'

Wow! Congratulations on this incredible milestone! Your journey together is just beginning, and it's filled with so much joy and excitement. An engagement party is the perfect way to kick off the celebrations and share your happiness with friends and family.

We know planning can feel overwhelming, but fear not! We've got your back with some handy tips to make your engagement party planning a breeze. With our guide, you'll be ready to throw a memorable bash that reflects your love story and gets everyone excited for the big day. Your engagement party should align with your sustainable beliefs and  convey feel for your upcoming wedding, reflecting your choice for eco-conscious celebrations. Consider local suppliers for decor, venue, & food to invitations, digital or ethical printing options as the starting point of your planning journey.

So take a deep breath, relax, and dive into our guide. You've got this! The key to a successful engagement party is in the details. Make sure to consider all the elements we’ve listed below, and the whole planning process will feel like a breeze!


1. Define the Purpose of the Party

Before you dive into the details of planning, it's crucial to define the purpose and tone of the engagement party. Do you want a casual and intimate gathering, or a larger celebration with friends and family? Is it simply an announcement of your engagement, or are you using it as an opportunity to introduce both families to each other? Clarifying the purpose will guide your decisions moving forward.

2. Set a Date and Budget

Selecting a date for the engagement party is a significant step. It should be timed to allow family and friends to attend without conflicting with other major events. Once you have a date in mind, establish a budget for the party. Consider factors like venue rental, catering, decorations, and entertainment. Having a clear budget will help you make informed decisions throughout the planning process.

3. Create the Guest List

Compile a guest list that aligns with the purpose of the party and your budget. If it's a small, intimate gathering, you may choose to invite only close family and friends. For a larger celebration, consider including a broader circle of acquaintances. Ensure that your guest list includes everyone important to you and your partner.

4. Choose a Venue

Selecting the right venue is crucial to set the tone of your engagement party. Options range from hosting it at your home or a family member's house to renting a hall or reserving a restaurant. The venue should comfortably accommodate your guest list and match the atmosphere you wish to create.

5. Plan the Menu and Drinks

Catering is an integral part of any celebration. Decide whether you want a sit-down dinner, a buffet, or a cocktail-style reception. Consider dietary restrictions and preferences of your guests. Don't forget to plan for drinks, including non-alcoholic options.

6. Decorate and Personalise

The decorations should reflect your style as a couple. Whether you choose a specific theme, colour scheme, or keep it simple, ensure that the decorations align with your ethics & vision for the party. Personal touches such as engagement photos, a slideshow, or a timeline of your relationship can make the event more special.

7. Send Invitations

Create and send out invitations well in advance of the party date. You can choose traditional printed invitations or opt for digital ones, depending on your preferences. Include all essential details like date, time, venue, dress code (if any), and RSVP instructions.

Now that you've got the inside scoop on planning the perfect engagement party, it's time to put your newfound knowledge into action! Whether you're envisioning an intimate soirée or a grand celebration, our ultimate guide for throwing an unforgettable engagement party in 2024 has got you covered.


From picking the ideal venue to curating a mouthwatering menu, we've included all the must-know details to make your party a hit. So slip into your party-planning ‘comfies’, pour yourself a glass of bubbly, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime! 

Of course, you could always forget the party (especially if partying is not your vibe) and invest in an ‘Engagement Shoot’, hiring a professional photographer to take intimate images in a place which has important memories to you both. Use these images as a way of announcing your engagement to family & friends. Or…if you have the budget, why not do both!

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