You just got engaged and it is time to celebrate! If your dilemma is whether to organise lunch or dinner, we will try to help you by pointing out the benefits of a daytime event. While an evening celebration may involve anything from a formal dinner to a fun party with dancing, daytime events tend to be more relaxed. This means that you and your guests can opt for a less formal attire and feel more comfortable than at a formal dinner.
You also get to spend quality time with your friends and family. Since daytime engagement parties are less formal and more inclusive, you will be able to invite families with children. If you know a lot of couples with children, then you can even organise entertainment for the kids so that parents can socialise with other adults while the little ones are having fun.
Another great advantage of a daytime event is an endless choice of venues. It can be a restaurant, a winery, a beach, a picturesque country setting, or your own garden.
Think about the atmosphere you want to create at your engagement party and then pick an appropriate setting. If you love outdoor venues, then you should look for a restaurant that offers alfresco dining. Consider hosting an informal lunch at a lovely waterfront venue, a nearby vineyard estate, or even at a trendy rooftop restaurant if you prefer city vibe to a quiet natural setting.
High tea at a chic restaurant or in your own backyard is an elegant option, but if you prefer a hearty meal instead, a BBQ event might sound even more appealing. A pretty garden, laid back beach bar or a golf club are ideal for afternoon cocktail parties, and if you want a location that will allow more space for creativity, then find a fantastic picnic spot and add a personal touch to the whole event by creating your own menus and decorations.
While styling a wedding usually takes a lot of effort, decorations for an engagement party can be much simpler. A few simple touches like hand-made floral arrangements scattered across the table, a colourful bunting or a bunch of balloons will make the venue look more festive. If you are planning an intimate event at a private garden, a picnic in the park or a cocktail party on the beach, then keep it simple with a few pretty details.
If you feel creative, make a few effective DIY decorations, and if you want something a little more formal for your engagement party, then find a local florist who will transform the space with opulent centrepieces of hanging floral arrangements. If you want to add a pop of colour to your tablescapes, find colourful fabrics to dress the tables, or opt for fresh blooms in vibrant shades. You can even create an engagement party theme that is similar or completely different from the wedding theme.
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