The “Big 5”
Technology has changed and the world with it! The way you announce your Engagement and how you invite your guests to your celebrations is the first glimpse they have of your Wedding.
Therefore, before you get caught up in all the excitement and go on Facebook, make sure you have told your special loved ones the news so that they have the opportunity to share the joy and love with you.
Then consider whether you would like to take a traditional approach to announcing the proceedings, or use more informal options including the vast array of social media available to you.
Traditionally the Bride’s family announce the engagement in the forthcoming marriages section of a local or national newspaper.
If you would like an Engagement photograph now is the time to have one taken…
Having an Engagement Party is not essential but it is a great excuse for a celebration, especially if you are planning your wedding more than a year in advance. Ideally the party should be held within 2 months of announcing your engagement.
Again, it is up to you if you would like an informal event where you, the couple, host the party yourselves, or a more traditional occasion with the parents hosting. If the event is being hosted by the parents it is customary for the Bride’s Father to give a short speech and toast the couple.
Make sure that your nearest and dearest are able to make the date prior to booking the venue and sending out your invitations.
The hosts should send out the invitations, making it clear that it is an Engagement Party.
Example of a traditional engagement invitation from the Bride’s parents:
Example of an informal invitation if the Engagement celebrations are being hosted by the couple:
Generally an Engagement Party is held close to home so the majority of guests would know where the venue is and stay at home.
For guests travelling a distance to attend the event, consider inserting a separate sheet containing:
Full address, website and phone number of venue
Train Station options
Please visit the “Your Guests” page on our website for further information or simply advise your guests that this page is for them!
Some couples choose to design an invite they can send out by email, text message or Facebook. However you can buy some lovely invitations on-line or in packs from High Street card shops.
Traditionally, the couple would send a hand written thank you note for gifts they receive – however you may prefer to follow the style of your invitation.
Robert Denholm House has held a wide range of Engagement Parties including Cultural Engagement and Gifting Ceremonies.
Although every event is of course unique, the fundamentals to consider are:
Decorations. Colour / Theme
Catering options. Formal / relaxed dining. Allergies / Dietary requirements?
Robert Denholm House. Bar & Beverages
Furniture requirements. Chairs; tables; dance floor
Music / Entertainment.
Photographer / Selfies / Photobooth.
Transportation. To and from the party
Does anyone require accommodation?
Please do not hesitate to contact Robert Denholm House, Wedding and Events to discuss your Engagement Party ideas or arrange to view the venue.