You got the ring,  now it’s time to celebrate! Gather your closest family and friends, and kick off your wedding planning festivities with the perfect-proposal party! Here are 5 steps to planning your engagement fête:

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Step 1: Determine the host: Traditionally a bride’s parents host the party but if you want to throw your own engagement party, don’t let us stop you!  Hosting duties typically include sending the invites, making a toast and paying for the party, so keep that in mind for whoever decides to take on the task.

Step 2: Set a date: Depending on the length of your engagement, you may not want to throw your party right after you said “Yes!” Give yourself some time to revel in your newly-engaged status and absorb the fact you’re getting married before you jump into planning your first party. Waiting also gives you time to envision and sort out all of the details for this intimate affair.

Step 3: Determine the budget: Even if you’re having a low-key event, setting a budget will help you narrow down your guests list and extras.

Step 4: Pick the place, guests and invites: Now that your budget is set, you can get down to the details of the party. Decide on the perfect venue to suit your needs, whether it be a backyard party or an elegant affair to accommodate all of your guests. When it comes to planning your guest list, there is one important rule–any guest invited to your engagement party should also be invited to your wedding. That means you should think about the size of your wedding before you set your guest list for the engagement party. Make sure to send out the invites with plenty of time for people to RSVP, so you’re not rushing around at the last minute.

Step 5: Think about the décor: If you have your wedding colors already picked out, you might want to incorporate them into the decor for your engagement party. Adding a few centerpieces of fresh flowers and candles is always a nice way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Are you newly engaged and looking for the perfect place to throw your engagement party?  The Italian Center Banquets offers three beautiful rooms for you to hold your perfect proposal party in. Our gracious staff can help you coordinate every detail and put your mind at ease, creating a stress-free engagement experience! To learn more, give us a call at 203-322-6950 today!