Whether you are the best man or the soon-to-be bride, throwing an engagement party can be a herculean task to undertake. There are numerous things to arrange in limited time, while also having fun along the way.
You do not have to be a professional party planner or shell out to hire one for a successful party. A focused and organised approach will make your party the talk of the town. So where to begin?
No matter how big or small your budget is, there are few fundamental factors you need to take care of and viola, you will host a memorable bash! Here is a brief list of the important things-
The first and foremost task, which you should take care of at least several weeks prior to the party day, is the venue. Whether it is your parents’ backyard or a fancy banquet hall, you need to book and prep it far in advance.
You could host a small get together in a backyard or rent out a hall for a formal dinner party.
Whether you are sending out traditional paper invitations or modern evites, be sure to send them well in advance so that your invitees can mark the date. Also, remember to get the guestlist approved by the bride and the groom before sending them out.
- Food & Drinks
If your party has spectacular food, half the battle is won! Depending on the number of guests, you could either get the event professionally catered or order food. Catered food is usually suitable for formal sit-down dinners and buffets. On the other hand, if you are hosting more of a rustic and homely party, then ordering in might be a better idea.
This party is to celebrate love and create memories with your nearest and dearest. So it only makes sense to hire a photographer to capture all your precious memories.
However, if you want to keep it lowkey, then just buy a bunch of disposable cameras and distribute them to your guests. This is a unique and fun way to capture some of your cherished memories on film!
- Games & Photo Booth
Any party is incomplete without some fun games. You could incorporate some fun bride versus groom games or go all out with full-fledged scavenger hunts. The sky’s the limit!
An instant photo booth is another amazing addition. It will allow your guests to be goofy with the props and also take printed photographs as mementos of the party.
Music is the one factor that brings everyone together. So booking a decent music arrangement is essential. You could hire a DJ or a live band for the party.
If you budget allows it, you could easily get a package including both- live band music during the evening and a DJ late into the night.
A speech is not exactly an ‘arrangement’ you have to take care of, but it is usually enjoyed and appreciated by all, especially the bride and the groom. So get the parents, sibling and best friends involved to make everyone cry but in a good way!
The more creative of the bunch could make slideshows with adorable and embarrassing childhood photos or put up a surprise musical performance!
- Party Favours
A gift bag with few goodies are a nice touch to thank the guests for their presence. Your gift bag can have decadent chocolates, scented candles or mementos with the engraved wedding date.
Don’t lose yourself in the chaos of planning and organising and remember to actually enjoy yourself just as much!