6 Places to Host Your Engagement Party

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Engagement parties are a fun way to celebrate your upcoming vows with the friends and family who will be alongside you during the wedding planning process. It’s often a casual time for people from both of your families and friend groups to meet and toast to your future. But where should your engagement party be held? There are many different options, and it can depend on lots of factors including your budget, the size and scope of your event, and even the time of year. Here are six great options for locations to host the perfect engagement party for you and your sweetheart!

1. A Home or Backyard

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Depending on the type of party you’d like to have, a friend or family member’s home or backyard might just be the perfect location for your shindig. Homes are wonderful engagement party locations for several reasons. First, they’re free! They also make a great option if you’re unsure about the weather, since you can host the engagement party outside in the backyard, but have an instant back-up plan if Mother Nature goes against your plans. A home party may also be the perfect choice for you if you want a fun and casual vibe. They can also be decorated as far in advance as you’d like, in whatever style you like.

2. A Parish Hall

If you’re getting married in a church or other religious building, or even if you’re just a member of the organization, you might consider using their parish or event hall for an afternoon or evening. This is a great way to get everyone acquainted with your wedding location, and it’s also possible that you may be able to get a deal on the rental fee with your membership (for many, it may even be free!).

3. Your Favorite Restaurant or Bar

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Another great option is to host your engagement party at your favorite restaurant or bar. This way, people can get whatever food and drinks they want and it can be a super casual, comfortable time where guests come and go as they please. This is also a great option if you want to host a small group, as you could even reserve a back room or large table and have everyone covered for the afternoon or evening. Another bonus to this is that there’s no cooking and no clean-up for the hosts!

4. A Reception Hall

If you’re going for a more traditional atmosphere for your engagement party, a reception hall might just be your best bet. Reception halls are great options for large guest lists. You can call around and find a venue that will hold the number of people you’re planning on hosting, and you can decorate as much or as little as you desire. Reception halls also tend to have kitchens on site and sometimes even caterers on site as well, which can be very helpful for the host who wants more flexibility in their plans, but doesn’t want to have to provide everything themselves.

5. A Favorite Park or Beach

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If you and your partner prefer a casual affair, why not consider a favorite park or beach for your engagement party? You could have a picnic, BBQ, or potluck, bring lawn chairs, and play games like frisbee or corn hole. Hosting an engagement party at a community outdoor space is another free option that may be perfect if you live in an area with warm weather.

6. Your Wedding Venue

If you already have your wedding venue chosen, check their availability to host your engagement party. This might work especially well if you choose an engagement party date on an “off” day or night like a Tuesday or Wednesday, when your venue may not have other events happening. This is an awesome way to show everybody what to expect for the location for your upcoming vows, and you couldn’t ask for a better way to get you and your spouse-to-be excited for the big day. Although this won’t be an option for some couples or locations, it certainly can’t hurt to ask!

No matter where you decide to have your engagement party, as long as it suits you and your sweetheart, it’s sure to be an amazing time. Have fun celebrating your engagement with family and friends, no matter where you decide to be!

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