If you just happened to get engaged over the holidays (congratulations!) now would be the perfect time to start planning your engagement party. Planning can be difficult when you have no idea what you need to do, party room hire, composing a guest list and deciding the menu are just some of the things you may need to think about beforehand. It can be a drag needing to organise everything but here is a handy list of things you need to do to help you with the planning process:
Pick a Date
The date will be the very first thing you will need to decide on. Before determining anything else you will need to give yourself sufficient time to plan it all. Pick a day that you know most people will be free; holding your engagement party on a weekday could result in many of your guests declining. The weekend is usually the best time – people won’t have to travel back straight after the party and it will allow people to really enjoy themselves without worrying about work the next day.
This is a big one, you want all of the people you love in the same room and it might even be the first time that your two families have met. Make sure that you write your list down and tick them off when you know who’s attending. This will give you a better idea of how much space you will need before you book your venue.
The venue is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make. If you’re thinking about party room hire, Nottingham is the place to go, venues close to the centre will allow your guests to travel with ease and ensure that the celebration includes all your loved ones no matter how far they’ve travelled.
Now that you have your guest list, date and venue sorted you can post your invitations. Make sure that you address them correctly, the last thing you want is someone not turning up because they never got their invite. If you don’t want your guest to bring a plus one, then don’t offer the option on the invitation and state clearly that the invite is only for the invitee. However, if you do wish to offer a plus one, ensure that you state how many and for your guests to inform you of confirmed number as soon as possible.
Plan a Menu
What’s a party without food? You will need to decide what style of food to go for – a sit-down meal, finger food, a lavish buffet or just snacks, either way, your guests will need feeding.
Whether you choose a three-course meal or simple sandwiches, ensure that your menu is something that people will eat as you will be supplying the food for your guests and you won’t want to waste it. Don’t forget to offer vegetarian options to give your guests alternative choices, too.
These are just some of the things you will need to think about before planning your big celebration.