How to throw the best ever engagement party checklist

Party hosting

Hosting

Traditionally, the parents of the newly engaged couple host the engagement party but if you want something a little less formal, why not host this little get-together yourself.

The benefit of going down this route is that it puts you in control - of everything. The food, the guest list, the theme and gives you a little bit of practice before planning the big day. All can be done exactly to how you'd envision your engagement party to be, without the worry of someone else arranging something not to your tastes or having to invite a load of guests that you'd rather not celebrate with or won't be inviting to the wedding at all.

Party venue

The Venue

Don't go blowing a chunk of your wedding budget on an expensive and grand venue. As you may well decide to host this yourself, go for something a little bit smaller with an intimate feel such as a village hall, a golf club, art gallery or somewhere which offers a well sized outdoor space if you'll be hosting the engagement party in the middle of summer.

Venues such as these allow you to add your own personal touches and decorations such as balloons, flowers, bunting, fairy-lights, photographs and more making it personal to your tastes. Once you've decided on the venue, this allows you to set the formality of the party such as black tie, casual, or smart and allows you to explore relevant and matching catering options.

Don't forget to purchase your Party Insurance as this will cover you for venue /supplier cancellation, re-arrangement fees, financial failure of party service suppliers and much more.

Party Food

The Food

No great engagement party is complete without a spread of food and drinks!

The food will also help define the theme and formality of your engagement party, so remember to bear that in mind when deciding on your menu.

If you like the idea of throwing an afternoon engagement party, a top tip would be to provide lighter bites rather than a huge sit-down meal such as a picnic style feast or an elegant Afternoon Tea so guests can eat as little or as much as they'd like. Alternatively, for an evening event, perhaps a BBQ (venue permitting) or outsource a speciality themed caterer to offer delights like Mexican, Caribbean or Italian food with drinks to match the theme.

Remember to ask guests to inform you of any dietary requirements when sending out the invitations so you can ensure your guests are as well-accommodated as possible.

Party Invites

The Invites

It's time to get creative with how you choose to invite your guests to your engagement party!

A classic approach is to send out a 'Save The Date' card with the date and all the relevant information that's needed but you can add so much more for that special, personal touch.

Why not send out a cupcake for each guest along with your card if you're having an Afternoon Tea themed engagement party or perhaps destination themed card if you're hosting a speciality themed meal such as Mexican as mentioned above.

Whatever you decide to do, ensure your invites are sent out at least 6 - 8 weeks before the party itself to give plenty of notice for guests to put it in their diaries.

Party Insurance

The Party Insurance

One of the most important things not to overlook for your engagement party is your party insurance.

With any event, accidents can happen, suppliers can go bust and things may go wrong, so ensure that you're protected from the unexpected with one of our Party Insurance policies. Our party insurance policies can provide up to 20,000 cover for cancellation, up to 15,000 cover for re-arrangement costs, optional public liability cover and policies start at just 30! Get a quote for your party insurance and Learn more at Party-insurance.co.uk .

Author: Natasha Goldstein

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