Announcing your engagement with style!

The Proposal

You’ve just gotten engaged – CONGRATULATIONS!! Now what? Well how about having a party, your engagement party that is. What better way to celebrate the occasion as well as announce your bridal party and introduce both families. Your engagement party should take place within three (3) months of your proposal. It can be as formal or casual as you prefer. The typical party  will include a game or two, food, fun and friends. It’s also a good idea to acknowledge your wedding party with a token of your gratitude but it’s certainly not mandatory.

I’ve always preferred a really nice cocktail party or a nice sit down dinner party where you can decorate appropriately with a nice tablescape that will echo the theme of your wedding. Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride’s parents but there is nothing to say that in this day and age to hinder the groom’s parents from joining in on the fun or the couple from hosting the party themselves.

Engagement parties are typically intimate affairs. I like the feel of a grown up event, with few to no games at all, just festivities, it’s not a bridal shower or bachelorette party mind you. Typically parties are held in someone’s home but restaurants or hotel event spaces have been used as well. Whatever you choose to do for your engagement party be sure to remember it’s about you, your fiancé and announcing your intent to marry to those you hold most dear.

Some helpful hints are to be sure to budget for the event. An engagement party is like any other important event. Several aspects come into play such as possible space rental, food & beverage, invitations, game prizes, cake, decorations and gifts for your honor attendants. But we’ll touch on the various aspects of the engagement party in Part 2 of “Announcing your engagement with style“.

Happy Planning!

The Proposal – source
Engagement Party – source

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Up Above My Head

When you walk into a reception venue, what’s the one thing you notice immediately? You first notice the space right? Whether it has high or low ceilings, chandeliers, other lighting fixtures such as sconces, you notice if the room is large or small and certainly the color (for me it’s the definitely the carpet color). If you book a venue that is vertically challenged then filling the space is never the issue, it’s making the room feel more open. You actually have to be a bit careful with what you fill it with to make sure not to overwhelm the space with large centerpieces and lots of chairs. Add people sitting in those chairs and your reception could become quite uncomfortable.

Now say you come across a venue and this particularly happens with larger venues, that has very high ceilings. The real question is how to best fill the void? To bring the room in and make it a bit more intimate. Enter “fillers”, I categorize fillers as items that hang or extend into open space such as balloons, Japanese paper lanterns, ornaments, twinkle lights, fabric and other hanging items, large centerpieces with tree branches or tall glassware, etc.

Having space to fill can be a good thing. It is one way to add a wow factor to your venue. It draws your guests’ eyes up to the void that otherwise would make the space seem empty and hollow. Filling the space can also be fun. I’ve seen upside down umbrellas as well as very mod looking silver spheres dropped from the ceiling.

When you look at venues, you want to be sure that they allow items to hang from their ceilings. If they do not allow it, you can usually have structures or scaffolding built. Now centerpieces are a bit easier. There is the age-old rule of not building a centerpiece that is too big that your guest can’t see each other from across the table. But the higher you build up to less likely something will obstruct ones view that badly. Take a tall clear vase for instance filled with large Elephant ears (the leaf not actual Elephant ears), not only have you created filler for the open space but you haven’t obstructed anyone’s view of other guest, the dance floor or sweetheart table.

Working with your wedding designer or florist can be fun to think of creative ways to fill the space. It adds drama to your events and will certainly keep people talking about your event for years to come.

Happy Planning,

LaToya

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