After you’re engaged, things tend to move quickly right out of the gate. Many couples move right to plan their wedding while others have a timeline that stretched out a few years. Regardless if you’re going to get married right way or wait for a little while, it’s never too early to have your engagement party. Your engagement party is the ultimate way to celebrate your fantastic news with your friends and family, and it can be particularly great if you’re holding off on saying your vows for a bit. However, most engagement parties end up being a little bit stuffy and lame, so you really need to think through everything before you send out the invitations.
The major problem most couples run into while planning their engagement party is what they should include in the celebration. Should it just be dinner and drinks, or should you arrange some sort of entertainment like playing games or heading out to a concert? You want to find that perfect balance of engaging your guests and keeping things affordable, and that can be a little bit tricky. Fortunately, there are some very simple and inexpensive ways that you can go about engaging your guests at your engagement party, and most of them can be pulled off on very short notice.
Intimate Dinner or Barbecue
One of the best ways to get and keep your guests engaged is to have one-on-one conversations with them. Going to a busy restaurant for your engagement party may seem like the easy choice on paper, but in practice, it can make your event feel very commercial and less intimate. Instead, plan an intimate dinner at your house or have a backyard barbecue. Being in close quarters with your guests will make it a very engaging experience while also keeping it inexpensive.
If you’re having an outdoor event such as a barbecue, you should consider having some lawn games. You don’t want the games to be too complicated or involved because conversation should be the primary goal at an engagement party, but having something to do while you talk can be really fun. Consider simple games such as a beanbag toss or ring toss that anyone can play without experience, won’t cost much to make, and won’t distract everyone too much to speak.
Breaking your engagement party up into a handful of segments can make it feel like there’s more going on to keep your guests engaged. Consider having some afternoon activities followed by dinner in the evening, and then finish it all up with a few fun evening activities. This can be something as simple as lighting up a few wedding sparklers in the backyard while drinking champagne to going out to a concert, but having different stages of the event can really go a long way. I always suggest using sparklers made for weddings because of they very inexpensive, made from quality materials, and will add a lot of fun to your party. On top of that, wedding sparklers are already packaged to look elegant, so they will blend into your engagement party décor nicely.
Song Request Signup
Lastly, you can have your guests write down some of their favorite songs on a slip of paper so you can add them to the playlist for your wedding reception. It may seem a little early to start putting together your wedding playlist, but it is much easier to compile a list of favorites when everyone is in the same room together, and the number of times between your engagement party and your wedding when everyone can be together is likely to be minimal. Your best bet is to take advantage of the situation when you can instead of trying to track down information closer to your wedding date.