Congratulations, you’re engaged! Once you’ve stopped staring at that stunner on your finger, it’s time to share the exciting news with everyone and plan for one thing: no, not your wedding – first comes your engagement party. Sure, you may be in a rush to start putting together the nuptials of your dreams, but take a moment to soak in your engagement with your friends, family and fiance first – you deserve it!

Send out invitations
To spread the world, you’re going to want to send engagement party invitations to your loved ones. This way, they can put the date on their calendar and set aside the time to celebrate with you and your soon-to-be spouse. Choose a fun invitation for your soiree, like this Will You – Engagement Party Invitation with charming “check yes or no” boxes and two engagement rings at the top. Be sure to include the time, date, location and RSVP contact number or email. And as a side note: Don’t stress about a timeline for your engagement party. Some couples wait up to three months to hold this event. Give yourself time to enjoy this exciting moment and soak it all in.

Recently engaged? Tips for throwing an amazing engagement partyDon’t invite people who won’t be at the wedding
When creating your guest list for your engagement party, don’t invite anyone who you don’t want to be present for your vows. You might think it’s polite to invite your boss now, but this may mean that you’ll have to mail him or her a wedding invite as well, so don’t take that engagement guest list lightly.

Opt for simple decorations
This isn’t your wedding, so don’t stress too much about the decor at your engagement party. Keep things simple. Top each table with a vase of your favorite blooms for a bit of color. Add a solid-colored tablecloth and use twinkling lights to provide some whimsical warmth to the event.

Remember your camera
You’re going to want to remember your engagement party just as much as you want to remember your wedding, so take pictures! You may even consider designating a friend as the photographer so that you can spend time with friends and family instead of snapping away all evening. These will be such special images to look back on, and may give you and your better half the perfect photo to use for your save the dates and wedding invitations!

What exciting tricks do you have up your sleeve for your engagement party? Share your thoughts with us!