Posted June 23, 2016

6 Engagement Party Trends We Adore


The question’s been popped. The wedding date’s set. But first comes the engagement party – the party before THE party. And if you’re a freshly-minted fiancé or fiancée, here are a few trends to consider as you celebrate your off-the-market status:

  1. The Where: Family homes are always solid but consider taking it off-site to shake things up. Think roller rink, favorite park, stadium suite, hotel ballroom or art gallery. The Kimpton Alexis Hotel in Seattle combines the latter two with its own “art walk” of rotating works by Pacific Northwest artists. Casual or formal, the idea is to choose a place that reflects your interests as a couple.
  2. The Wow: Themes don’t have to be cheesy and it gets everyone in the mood. Elevate a Hawaiian luau with elegant tiki drinks and wear your best florals. Alfresco aficionados can host a garden party, complete with shaded canopies and herbal sodas, or even a grown-up carnival with a handful of fair-related games and dressed-up popcorn. If you already know where you’re honeymooning, make your destination your theme. Or if you’re near the beach, a lobster bake is a stylishly down-to-earth way to jubilate.

    June - BBC Mini wedding cake 2

    Pure, petite delish: mini engagement cakes from The Bookstore Bar & Cafe also make beautiful centerpieces.

  3. The Menu: A proper sit-down dinner may be right up your alley, but if not, no worries. Cocktail hours are a great way to avoid multiple-course menu stress. Have a dessert and champagne bar, or a DIY chip-and-dip station with margaritas—both simple and classic. By the way, engagement cakes are really in now. James Beard Award winning chef Caprial Pence of The Bookstore Bar & Cafe makes mini cakes adorned with flowers that can also double as table centerpieces. After all, why wait till your wedding day for a chic sugar high?
  4. Activities: An engagement party isn’t a bridal shower, so planned activities aren’t as important. The intent is for your guests to mingle, revel and share quality time with you. However, if you’re leaning toward having something to do, lawn games like a bean bag toss or croquet are a laid-back way to connect. Or bring out your guests’ creativity by inviting them to write or draw their well wishes on a plain, oversized throw pillow or even an Adirondack chair. Instant keepsake for you.

    June - Wedding jam favors PAL PHX

    Jam and other edible take-home favors can be personalized any way you like.

  5. Favors: Since your engagement party guest list will be smaller than your wedding guest list, favors are do-able. Go with edible treats like chocolate bonbons or homemade jam in cute mason jars. Or something for the home, like beeswax candles or personalized matchboxes.
  6. Hashtags: Social media is a fun way to share the engagement fun with friends who couldn’t attend the party, and hashtags help keep those Instagram-wedding-season pix organized. Customize your hashtag to the party itself, or use the same one from now until the honeymoon is over.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Amanda C says:

    Great points!

  2. I like to boil it into two categories: 1 – points you
    more or less have to pay – like commissions, certification and fees.

  3. cat hat says:

    Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the amazing spirit.

  4. I’m gone to say to my little brother, that
    he should also go to see this blog on regular basis to obtain updated from
    latest gossip.

  5. Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will
    send this article to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts have
    been kinda boring? I miss your super writings.
    Past several posts are just a little out of track!
    come on!

  7. Thanks for finally talking about >6 Engagement Party Trends We
    Adore – Life is Suite <Loved it!

  8. Great info. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have saved it for later!

  9. This is the perfect blog for anyone who hopes to
    understand this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost
    tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for a
    long time. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!