Five Engagement Party Theme Ideas

Throwing an engagement is a great way to share and celebrate a special time in your life with those that you love. AK PR & Marketing presents these five amazing engagement themed party ideas:

Brunch Party. Consider celebrating your special day by inviting your family, friends and co-workers for brunch. This type of engagement party can be held all year round. From grilled salmon nicoise to red velvet waffles and light cocktails, a brunch engagement party is a classy and simple way to celebrate. Here are the details of the Brunch Engagement Party:

  • Dress Code: have guests wear their “Sunday Best”. For a summer brunch engagement party, encourage women to wear sundresses and men to wear a button down shirt. A dress code is a must.
  •  Food: red velvet waffles, angus skirt steak, grilled salmon nicoise,  garden omelet, salmon tarte, and a caesar salad.
  • Drinks: sangria, mimosas, bellinis and gin and tonic.
  • Entertainment: light jazz or lounge music, a photo booth with props including umbrellas, sunglasses, and picture frames.
  • Color theme: consider pastel colors including pink, purple, blue and yellows.
  • Location: at home, rent a private room at a restaurant or a banquet hall.

 Champagne & Chocolate Party. There is no better way to celebrate the news than to host a champagne and chocolate pairing party. This party would be ideal after dinner. Make sure to have a toast to your engagement! Here are the details of the Champagne and Chocolate Party:

  • Dress code: Semi-formal. Guests should definitely dress up for this type of affair. 
  • Food: champagne and chocolate. Types of chocolate could be: Godiva Chocolatier, Lindt & Sprüngli, Guylian and Ghirardelli. Types of champagne could be: Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Nicolas Feuillatte, G.H. Mumm, and Laurent-Perrier.
  • Entertainment: Jazz or classical music. Light background music only.
  • Color theme: consider warm colors including maroon, black and gold.
  • Location: at home, at a banquet hall, event space or a private room at a restaurant.

 Love Is Sweet Themed Party. The name of the party says it it all! This party would consist of anything that is sweet ranging from love music to a variety of desserts. Here are the details for the Love Is Sweet Themed Party:

  • Dress code: Stylish/chic.
  • Food: Dessert table. This station could include a chocolate fountain, popcorn bar, fudge brownies, red velvet cake, double chocolate cake, cannolis, tiramisu, and chocolate eclairs. Candy Table.This station could include ring pops, Twizzlers, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered raisins, almonds and peanuts, cake pops, lollipops, etc.
  • Entertainment: love songs and lite music and a photo booth with props for pictures.
  • Drinks: Red and white wine that pair well with chocolate sangria, gin and tonic.  
  • Color theme: consider only white, reds and pinks.
  • Location: banquet hall, event space or private room at a restaurant.

 

Black Tie Engagement Party. Consider celebrating the news by throwing a traditional black tie engagement party. For this type of party, guests would come in their best attire and arrive early for the cocktail hour. For this type of event, think of the classic movies such as:  Sound of Music and My Fair Lady. Here are the details of the Black Tie Engagement Party:

  • Dress code: Formal.
  •  Food: passed hor d’oeuvres three course meal and dessert. Appetizers could include: smoked salmon on cucumbers, steak tarte, vegetable spring rolls and mini crab cakes,   First course could include a soup (French onion soup or lobster bisque).  Second course could include NY strip steak, filet mignon, chicken marsala, chicken francese, penne vodka, grilled salmon or linguini with clam sauce. Third course could include a choice of desserts including tiramisu, red velvet cake or Crème brûlée.
  • Drinks: champagne, red wine and white wine.
  • Entertainment: jazz or classical music and dancing. Make sure you and your fiance lead the first slow dance!
  • Color schemes: consider choosing colors such as black, white, silver, gold and grey.
  • Location: banquet hall or event space only.
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All White Engagement Party. All white themed parties are now the latest craze. An all white themed party is simply everything white from the decorations to the dress code! The food, however, is an exception.  An all white engagement party is very classy and simple.  Here are the details of an all white engagement party:

  • Dress code: White (self explanatory), Semi-Formal.
  • Food: please see the Black Tie Engagement Party for food ideas.
  • Entertainment: Top 40’s and dancing.
  • Drinks: white wine and other classic alcoholic beverages.  
  • Color schemes: white (again, self explanatory!). White decorations could include white flatware, utensils, napkins, tablecloths, table runners, baby breath or white rose centerpieces etc. It is simply up to you to decide!
  • Location: banquet hall or event space only.

 

Happy Planning!

Six Important Things You Should Do After Getting Engaged

  

You are engaged. Congrats! Now what? Many times, people question: "What should I do after the proposal?" Below are six important things to do after you said "yes" or popped the question... 

  

 Tell your friends and family the big news before posting it on social media. Make sure they are the first ones to know. It can be simple as calling each family member up individually. After all, family does come first. You want to make them feel special and important by telling them before the rest of the people you know. If you can't call them, send a personalized e-mail or text message with a picture of the ring on your ring finger.

Get your ring insured. There's nothing worse than for your new ring to be lost or stolen. Getting your ring insured is your safety net just in case something happens to it whether it fell down the sink or you accidentally took it off in a public bathroom. When getting the ring insured, ask what the insurance plan covers.

Choose the wedding date. Discuss with your fiance when you would like to have the wedding. Have several dates in mind before choosing wedding venues or locations. If you are planning a beach wedding, you might consider having your wedding in June or July. Plan the date based on the theme of your wedding. Also consider what day you would like to have your wedding. Keep in mind that people work on the weekdays. Having a wedding on a weekend would be more practical. However, a weekday wedding can be more economical or budget friendly in some circumstances. Once you choose your date, you want to let people know ahead of time so they can mark your big day on their calendar. Mail the “Save The Dates” or create a Save The Date event on Facebook as soon as possible. 

Choose the wedding party. You and your finance should begin discussing who will be in the wedding party. Decide who will be the ring bearer, flower girl, bridesmaids, the maid of honor, the groomsmen and best man. If your fiance has brothers and sisters, consider asking them to be in the party. You and your fiance must be on the same page when it comes to choosing the people for the wedding party.

Start planning for the big day Discuss with your fiance where you’d like to have your wedding and honeymoon. Make sure he/she agrees with your ideas. With your future mate:
  • Google wedding venues, potential places to get married, ideal honeymoon locations etc. Call wedding venues  and honeymoon resorts for price quotes.

  • Consider creating a Pinterest account just for your wedding day and honeymoon. Create the following Pinterest boards: wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wedding shoes, wedding venues, table settings, table decorations, wedding decorations, and  honeymoon locations.

  • Shop online or in-store for wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. For those with a tight budget, David’s Bridal has thousands of wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns for reasonable prices. If you don’t mind not saving your dress, consider renting one instead. Rent The Runways is a website where anyone can rent designer dresses for a low prices. 

  • Most importantly, know your wedding budget. You and your fiance should know how much you are both willing to spend (or can afford) for the following:

  1. Wedding dress

  2. Wedding decorations

  3. Wedding venue

  4. Wedding invitations

  5. Music and entertainment including DJs and photo booth rentals

  6. Food

  7. Party favors

Hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners can be super helpful when planning your special day. A wedding planner does the following:

  1. Find and book the wedding venue

  2. Helps with your wedding budget ( i.e. how much money are you willing to spend on a wedding cake).

  3. Books the entertainment (i.e. photobooths)

  4. Creates the guests lists and RSVP’s

  5. Designs the wedding look or theme

  6. Creates the wedding decor, table settings, party favors and more

  7. Plans the rehearsal dinner

  8. Finds accommodations for out-of-town guests

To receive a complimentary consultation on our wedding planning services, please contact adrienne@akprandmarketing.com or 347.248.3042