3 Reasons to Throw an Engagement Party

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HOORAY! Dan and I had an absolute BLAST at our engagement party over the weekend. Enough to use caps lock, apparently. And wow. All the work we put into the party was so. totally. WORTH IT!

For a while, we had contemplated whether or not we should throw an engagement party. Wedding planning seemed hectic enough, thank you very much. But eventually, we realized that we wanted our engagement to feel more official—as if my sparkly wedding ring didn’t do that! Even more so, we have been excited to share our happiness with friends and family. At that point, throwing an engagement party made sense.

But if you still need convincing, here are 3 reasons for why you should throw an engagement party!

To celebrate, duh!

When you think about it, getting married will be one of the biggest moments in your life, therefore it deserves some A LOT of attention. Spread your fantastic news by throwing a party to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. A lively party with some games and booze will always triumph over a Facebook status update.

Break the ice between families.

Don’t let your wedding day be the first time your families meet! Hosting an engagement party would create the perfect opportunity for your families to mingle, socialize and inevitably warm up to each other. By the time the wedding comes around, your family members will be more comfortable with one other.

Practice party planning.

In case you haven’t noticed, weddings are extremely complicated to plan. With that in mind, you should treat your engagement party as a trial run. You can practice creating invitations, working with caterers, decorating, and hosting for a crowd of people. Be sure to make note of what works (and what doesn’t) during the engagement party so you know what to improve on for the wedding!

Lastly, engagement parties are FUN. Do you need an excuse other than that?!

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80 Comments

  1. July 13, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I’m glad your engagement party went well! I hope wedding plans continue running smoothly!
    Matt and I are still far from actually getting married but I like thinking about marrying him. I’m still ok with going to City Hall and getting married that way. Small, private and intimate. Weddings are beautiful and they are filled with so much love and attention to detail. For me though, I just don’t think I have it in me to plan something out. I love seeing other peoples weddings though and can’t wait to see photos of your special day!
    Will you have a vlog too? I mean, I know you both will be pretty busy that day but it would be so cute if you guys vlogged separately and then pieced it together afterwards. Too cute!!! XD

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thanks for your kind comments, Kimmy! Having a private, intimate gathering at City Hall sounds wonderful, especially for someone who can’t see themselves planning out a huge wedding with all the bells and whistles. I happen to love planning events and paying attention to the fine details so wedding planning is fun for me, but I realize that it’s definitely not for everyone! So glad you are open minded and love to see other peoples weddings! We hope to have a series of vlogs leading up to the big day, but come to think of it, piecing our separate vlogs together on the wedding day sounds super cute! Love your idea!

  2. July 13, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I’m so happy you both had a blast at your engagement party! They definitely sound like lots of fun, and a great way to celebrate the act of engagement before all the planning starts for the wedding!

    I’m so excited to see your upcoming wedding posts, eek!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thanks Michael!

  3. July 13, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I’m glad your engagement party went well, Kim! I’m gonna be bugging you for advice on it 😛 and I totally agree on breaking the ice, especially with you two being of different races. Asian families can have a lot of expectations y’know xD

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:38 am

      No worries, feel free to ask for help or advice! And I agree, the culture and dynamics between our families are different due to race and upbringing, but hopefully everyone can agree to center their excitement on our upcoming marriage!

  4. July 13, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I bet your engagement party was amazing sweetie! It’s always nice to celebrate with friends and family. You’re a real expert now when it comes to party planning, next time I will ask you for some tips 😀

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:53 am

      For sure! I love party planning and hope to share more tips on the blog soon!

  5. July 13, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I didn’t have an engagement party but I bet it is super fun and you had a great time in yours. Congratulations lady!
    x,abril
    The Color Palette

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Well that means you got to spend more of your time and efforts towards the wedding, which I bet was beautiful 🙂 Thank you!

  6. July 14, 2017 / 2:14 am

    My husband & I didn’t have an engagement party. I started planning our wedding pretty much immediately & even with 2 years 1 month to plan, I still barely got it all done in time, haha. I’m glad that you got to have a special fun time. Hope you can have a less stressful planning experience than I did. Haha

    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Wow! I bet you have a ton of advice that you can give to friends though, since you’ve spent so much time with the wedding. I bet it was a fabulous time for you, your hubby and family! Thanks for the comment!

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Wonderful! So glad!

  7. July 14, 2017 / 2:34 am

    Oh my Kim! <3 I am so happy for you!! Loved reading your post! So desperately looking forward to seeing the pictures!!
    Have an amazing day! 🙂
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Aw thanks Shivangi! I should post them sometime this month!

  8. July 14, 2017 / 3:55 am

    Such a great way to celebrate guys!!!
    I’m so glad your engagement party went very weel and full of fun!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Aw thank you Paola!!

  9. July 14, 2017 / 5:18 am

    These are great reasons! Not that I’ll be engaged anytime soon but I will consider throwing an engagement party as a “warm up” for the 2 families 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Yes, definitely go for it (when it’s your time!)

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Aw great advice! Thank you!

  10. July 14, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Congratulations! It is a such a good excuse for a party! Great post lovely – shared on pinterest too 😉 xxx

    x Imogen x

    http://www.imogenrose.co.uk

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Yay I love to hear when people share my things on Pinterest! Thank you.

  11. Amy
    July 14, 2017 / 11:24 am

    So fun! We didn’t do this and now I am wishing we would have.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Aw, as long as you loved your wedding day and the other leading events, which I bet you did!

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:06 am

      That’s awesome!

  12. July 14, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    yay! glad you enjoyed it! the time flies so I say celebrate every occasion along the way 🙂

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:08 am

      Time DOES fly! Looking forward to reading about your honeymoon!

  13. July 14, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Breaking the ice is so so important. Prevents any awkwardness! Ha!! Thank God everything went well with your engagement. All the best with the big wedding planning. 🙂

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Totally agree! Thank you!

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      I totally mean it! An engagement party usually involves less people so it’s a great “beginner” party to manage, hehe.

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thanks for reading!

  14. July 14, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I mean just another reason to throw a party is good enough for me! haha glad you both decided on throwing an engagement party.

    xo | Cindy Elena
    http://www.boringclothes.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Haha so true!

  15. July 14, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I agree with all the reasons! Especially the one to break the ice between the two families. That’s very important!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Yes, hopefully Dan and my family will be more familiar with each other for the wedding!

  16. July 14, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    This is such a great post! I agree:)

    irinthayer.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thanks!

  17. July 14, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I’m glad your engagement party went well! And these are some great reasons. It definitely would be a great way for both families to meet so the wedding will be more comfortable. And I love the idea of looking at the engagement party as a pre wedding practice run! As someone who loves to plan things out I think it’s a great idea.

    xx Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thank you! You discover more and more about party planning and tending to guests with practice, so it’s only natural that throwing another party would help with the wedding process!

  18. Keri Elaine
    July 14, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    You two are adorable and I love that your brought up the fact that it is a good time to have your two families meet each other.

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri Elaine

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Yes family is so important! It’s everything!

  19. July 15, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    So glad you guys had an awesome time! Engagement parties are definitely are great way to get families together! Enjoy the wedding planning! Remember it is NOT supposed to be stressful. I loved every minute of planning mine haha!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Aw thanks Rachel! I promise not to stress… too much… 😉

  20. July 15, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Engagement party is definitely a great idea for a practice/run-through for the wedding. Plus it means more gifts haha!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Haha we tried to spread the word that gifts are not required, since their presence was enough. Although it’s true, sometimes people insist.

  21. July 16, 2017 / 2:37 am

    I agree with all 3 reasons, especially the one about breaking the ice with families. It is a good opportunity for both sides of your relatives to get to know each other a little bit rather than meet for the first time at the wedding!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Yeah, we’re hoping that they’ll have enough to talk about during the wedding and that everyone has a good time 🙂

  22. July 16, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Congrats on your engagement!

    ANOUK

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Thank you!

  23. July 16, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Glad to hear you two having a blast at your engagement party! Major congrats to you two! I’m probably a while away from getting married so I am definitely learning a lot from your experience! It’s great that the engagement party is a great way to have the two families mingle. I love parties for the food and with it being an engagement party, I am expecting some super delicious food! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :D.

    https://exquisitely.me

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:42 am

      We had a TON of food at our party! Everyone left really full and with goody bags of more food, hehe. You would’ve loved it then… But I am so glad that you’re learning from my experiences! I’ll be sure to write more posts in the future that are relevant and helpful!

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Glad it helped you!

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Thank you!

  24. July 17, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I love the idea of using an engagement party to break the ice between the two families. I want to see pictures from your party!

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Thanks! I plan to post them sometime this month!

  25. July 17, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I agree, it’s such a great way to break the ice between families! I had an engagement party and it was a blast! Can’t wait till I have the opportunity to throw one for someone else 🙂
    xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Same here! There’s so much excitement around engagements and weddings!

  26. July 18, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Great reasons to have an engagement party – it’s definitely a good idea to almost have it like a wedding “trial run”. So glad that yours went well!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    • July 18, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Definitely! We learned that a tent is NECESSARY for an outdoor space! My sister’s backyard was suuuper sunny.

  27. July 19, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Ooh how exciting!! Congratulations guys :))

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • July 20, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you!

  28. July 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    You make some great points on why it is important to throw an engagement party! Thanks for sharing! Would love to hear your tips on how to throw a successful engagement party. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • July 20, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Ooh that’s a great idea for my next post. Thanks Ellese!

  29. July 20, 2017 / 3:53 am

    Yehey!! First of all, congratulations! I’m sure you had an awesome party! Second, I also want to have an engagement party to celebrate our first step to marriage. But I’m also unsure about the family gathering because our families live in different countries. I would love them to meet though before the wedding to break the ice ( like you said). Third, I would love to practice event planning so I could decide whether to get an event planner for the wedding or I can do it by myself.

    Thank you very much for this post!

    • July 20, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      Oh boy, you have quite a different family situation than mine! Both of our families live in the same region of the United States, so it’s super easy for us to throw gatherings. To be realistic, I doubt your international family will be able to attend an engagement party… Half our guest list didn’t show up and they live only an hour or two away! Engagement parties are supposed to be way more casual than a wedding… Perhaps you can throw a small engagement party with your local friends and family (that way you get the experience of planning), and then fly out to your beau’s family sometime before the wedding. Bring the party to them! That will be expensive, but it might be worth it to you? Either way, good luck girlie! Family is important!

  30. July 20, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    In my case, our families and friends have been enmeshed so I’m not quite sure whether we’re even going to throw an engagement party haha I haven’t seen photos of your drinks in the flamingo floaties!

    • July 20, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Engagement parties are totally optional and just a fun thought I had! Sorry if you felt forced by what I said. Definitely didn’t intend it that way. Btw thanks for remembering our flamingo floaties! We used them for my niece’s first birthday instead. Her theme was pink. We’re thinking of using the flamingos for my bridal shower too!

    • July 24, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      I bet yours was lovely! Our engagement party was super casual.

    • July 24, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much!

  31. July 24, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    My mom and I threw an engagement party for my sister last fall and it was so fun! I love any excuse to throw a party and you were so right about breaking the ice between families! It’s definitely good for everyone to get to know each other before the main wedding events start taking place.

    • July 31, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Sounds like a delight! Thanks for reading 🙂