The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Engagement Party
We've got everything you need to make your engagement party #AMAZING!
As if LENZO needs another reason to party, getting engaged is a definite cause for a celebration. After the ring is placed on your finger and you've called your mum + three closest friends to give them the exciting news, you're probably wondering, 'What's next?' If you want to keep the festivities going - and the champagne flowing - hosting an engagement party is a must.
Less stressful to plan than a wedding, and more sophisticated than a hens day, throwing an engagement party allows all your family + friends come together before the Big Day to meet, mingle, and of course, monumentalise your future union.
While there's no fixed rule, you might want to throw an engagement party as soon as possible after the engagement, and at least nine months before the wedding date. So, to help you on your way, we've included everything that you #NEED and #WANT in order to create a show-stopping engagement party. Keep scrolling for more tips and tricks on how to make the night fabulous!
Source the perfect engagement party venues
First thing's first: you need a venue to host your fabulous engagement! But not just any venue - you need somewhere that will perfectly reflect you and your partner's personality and style. Are you looking for an intimate space for a small group of friends + family? Or are you going to make it a big, lavish affair and need room that only a lush warehouse can offer? We've styled a few engagement parties in our time, so we've got you sorted on finding the best event spaces for you, whether you're in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Brisbane.
Share the good news: engagement party invitations
Your engagement invites set the tone for what's to come, so it's a good idea to match it to your theme and style. If you're hosting a formal sit-down dinner, then you'll need to source invites accordingly. If you're planning a beachside party, then a whimsical + colourful contemporary style is more fitting.
Engagement party invitations - in addition to the location, time, and date of the event - should also mention the dress code. Not sure of the best way to handle the invitation etiquette? Many engagement party invitations offer wording suggestions, so all the work is done for you. Now, all you need to do is decide who to invite! (You're on your own, on that one!)
Let them eat cake: engagement party cakes + desserts
The best part of any celebration is the dessert! Whether you want to go unconventional with a donut wall, personalised cookies, or traditional with a two-tier white cake, you are spoilt for choice. Your cake will most likely be the focus of the desserts, so you want it to look tasty. If you're looking for a local baker, here's a few of our favourites:
Don't forget to add cute cake toppers to make your main pièce de résistance extra unique! Popular cake toppers include: 'We're engaged,' your first names, or even a cut-out of an engagement ring. Of course, you can always decorate your cake with a bunch of perfectly placed blooms.
Engagement Party Decorations
You've picked the venue; now here comes the fun part: decorating it! Styling can make or break even the most gorgeous of spaces, so this is something you want to get right. If you really want to stand out, a jumbo balloon installation is a great way to add a 'wow' factor to your event. Placed at the front entrance of the venue or even in a dedicated space for photos also looks #ONPOINT. Prefer something more minimal? Why not opt for a few rose gold foil balloons, or a tissue paper garland above the food station? Scatter confetti across the tables and you've got hints of sparkle everywhere you go! Need ideas on how to turn your event space into your very own loved-up paradise? Browse a complete range of engagement party decorations right here!
Engagement Party Photography
Make sure you hire an event photographer to help capture the night. You'll be so busy running around greeting guests and toasting to your special occasion that you'll forget to take everything in. Photos taken on the night can help you remember the details of the event, long after the champagne bottles are empty and the last guest has gone home.
Are you planning on throwing an engagement party soon in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or beyond - for yourself or a best friend? Why not contact Parties by LENZO to help make your dream event come to life?!