Engagement party countdown

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

Count down to the perfect engagement party with our handy engagement party planner…

Two months beforehand

  • Choose a date and a venue ‐‐ you may want to host the party at home or in a hotel or restaurant.
  • Compose the guest list. People get booked up quickly so send a save the date card to your prospective guests.

One month beforehand

  • Send out invitations, remembering to include directions and other details as appropriate. Ask people to RSVP.
  • Buy decorations and fun party favours from the confetti shop ‐‐ and don’t forget disposable cameras so that all of your guests can help to record the fun.
  • If you want to hire a DJ or entertainer do so now.
  • Decide what you want to do about food and drink ‐‐ will you concentrate on drinks, accompanies by a few nibbles, or will you provide a sit‐down or buffet dinner? Make a list of what you need to buy and prepare once you’ve decided. If you’re holding your party in a venue, you may want to hire a caterer.

Three weeks beforehand

  • One of your parents or your fiancé(e) may want to make a speech at the party ‐ discuss and plan this now.
  • For parties at home, decide whether you need extra furniture, crockery or cutlery. If so, arrange the hire now.

Two weeks beforehand

  • If you’re doing the music yourself, plan what you want to play. Make some mix tapes or CDs or, if you have a friend with decks and vinyl, ask if they’d like to step in.
  • If there is any food that can be prepared and frozen in advance, then now’s the moment.

One week beforehand

  • If you’re holding the party at home, clean out your fridge to give you more space for party food and drinks.
  • Buy non‐perishable food and drink items and plastic cutlery, cups and crockery.
  • Remember to provide non‐alcoholic drink for drivers and young guests.

The day beforehand

  • Start to decorate your house or venue and prepare food.
  • Make sure that you have cameras and a camcorder in working order and full of film.
  • Have you got enough corkscrews? If not, buy some!

On the day

  • Put plenty of binliners around the house so that people have somewhere to put empty bottles.
  • Put out food and drink and use paper tablecloths ‐ it makes cleaning up a lot easier
  • Clear away any valuables which might get smashed.

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