An engagement party marks the beginning of your one-of-a-kind wedding adventure. It's a chance to choose what's true to you as a bride-to-be–and there are endless possibilities. Here are a few theme ideas to help plan your first hurrah.
Let's Do Brunch
For a small and familiar group, consider gathering over a midmorning meal of crowd-pleasers like omelets, pancakes, and scones. (Bonus: This lighter fare helps keep costs down.) Serve a selection of coffees and teas, with his-and-her mugs for the bride and groom, of course.
For your guest list, it's polite to stick to friends and family you'll invite to the wedding itself.
Schedule your party for a few months post-proposal, before you dive into heavy planning mode.
If the party calls for a certain dress code, like cocktail or semiformal attire, let guests know on the invitation.
Luau in Love
An engagement party may be the first time your friend and family groups come together, so pineapples–traditional symbols of hospitality and welcoming–are apropos. Plus, a tropical theme is a good excuse to whip up strawberry daiquiris at any time of year.
Start your wedding registry at least a month before your engagement party so guests have your ultimate wish list on hand.