To party or not to party...?Published on 15th August '14
He proposed, you said yes, you're engaged! Congratulations! And now you want to celebrate, so an engagement party could be the perfect plan. It's the ideal way to get all your friends and family together to raise a glass to the bride and groom-to-be. So to engagement party, or not to engagement party? It really depends on how long you are planning to wait until the wedding. If you'd like a long engagement - 18 months or more - then an engagement party could be a great idea. You can get everyone together for a special occasion, while everyone is still excited about the engagement news, without asking too much of your guests just weeks before the wedding itself. If you'd like a short engagement then it may be too much to try to cram an engagement party into the all-important wedding planning time. You also need to think about the cash. Any party you organise is bound to cost money - is that coming out of the wedding budget? Of course, an engagement party doesn't need to be a lavish, over-the-top affair. Get together a few dozen of your closest friends and family for a garden party or fun barbecue. Or, embrace it and throw an epic large-scale event with bubbly and canapes - but remember to count those pennies! It's entirely down to you if you want to celebrate popping the question with a party. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to plan it and pay for it! And if you decide against it, then it just means more money in the bank for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding day. Image source - Green wedding shoes.