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.