Eight Engaging Ideas

Your Engagement Party, Your Way

The natural beauty of a botanical garden provides a classic, verdant backdrop for an engagement celebration.
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Here are eight ways to celebrate your engagement to fit any lifestyle.

You’ve said yes, now how do you celebrate your upcoming “I Dos”? There are plenty of ways to throw a fun and fabulous engagement party, but first, let’s set up some ground rules (a.k.a. wedding etiquette) on what all engagement parties share:

For one, though tradition has dictated in the past that the bride’s parents host the event, these days it is more likely that friends of the couple or even the newly engaged themselves do the honors.

Second, it used to be the case, too, that you only invited guests who would be attending the wedding itself. This protocol has waned in recent years. Now, since couples often host smaller weddings but still want to celebrate with all of their dearest, the engagement party has opened up.

Finally, expect that some guests will bear gifts! Since you’ve not likely set up a bridal registry by the time your announcement has gone out, it is a good time to start one because many guests will bring you presents.

So, what kind of party should you have? The sky’s the limit! As the kick-off party to your personal wedding season, you have the liberty to choose any theme, any venue and any details that sum you two up best. Read on for eight ideas that fit any kind of couple.

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