Engagement Party Ideas

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.

Quick Tip:

For your guest list, it's polite to stick to friends and family you'll invite to the wedding itself.

Cheers to the Couple

Raise a roomful of flutes to the good news as you sip and socialize at a champagne (and sparkling cider) themed engagement party. You can even design personalized glassware as favors.

Quick Tip:

Schedule your party for a few months post-proposal, before you dive into heavy planning mode.

An Evening Affair

If you've got a formal wedding in mind, go ahead and glam up your engagement party, too. A seated dinner will kick off your planning in style, with elegant decor and metallic touches all around.

Quick Tip:

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.

Quick Tip:

Start your wedding registry at least a month before your engagement party so guests have your ultimate wish list on hand.

The Sweetest Sweets

Set up a "candy bar" with all kinds of bite-size treats for guests to snack on while they mingle, then scoop into bags to take home. Don't forget personalized wedding Kisses in your custom colors!

Engagement Party Ideas and Engagement Party Themes