Someone popped the question and now it’s time to celebrate! You’re engaged and everyone around you wants to make merry for this important occasion. Planning an engagement party can be a completely rewarding experience for elated couples. Share this excitement with friends and family as you celebrate the future your about to build with one another. Cheers to these fun, creative tips – and to the two of you!

Engagement Party Tip #1: Who?

Invite friends and family to celebrate your engagement. In the past, inviting those that may not attend the wedding was a faux pas, but now it is perfectly acceptable!

Your may be planning a smaller ceremony or destination wedding, in which case inviting more people to an engagement party is welcomed. Invites may be mail out as formal paper invitations or sent informally through e-mail, phones call or a Facebook event.

The big takeaway here is that you want to really focus on the invitee list when planning your engagement party, and think about it as an extension of your wedding list planning.

Engagement Party Tip #2: What?

Make it a smaller scale party. It may be hosted outside or in a bar, but make sure it suits the couple.

Additionally, decide on atmosphere first then determine a menu. An engagement party doesn’t require a multi-course menu, but perhaps some small appetizers and a signature drink with a swanky dessert bar could be the winning combination? Consider “hinting” at the wedding theme or color scheme with clues and props at the engagement party.

A teaser is always a sure hit! The big takeaway here is to make sure as your planning the engagement party, it doesn’t end up overshadowing the actual wedding.

Engagement Party Tip #3: When?

The best time to host an engagement party is between one to four months after becoming engaged.

It’s best to have the party while there is still plenty of excitement, but before major planning of the wedding has commenced. If the wedding is less than a year away, plan the engagement party 1-2 months after the engagement in an effort not to bombard guests with events.

For longer engagements, up to four months after the engagement is the perfect window to host the party. This way guests and the couple alike are still extremely excited about the upcoming nuptials, but not rushed to quickly plan an engagement party.

Engagement Party Tip #4: Where?

Host the party wherever the couple will enjoy the party most. This location can be at a local bar, a private room at a restaurant or in the backyard. Make planning and hosting the engagement party about simplicity and excitement.

Engagement Party Tip #5: Why?

Engagement parties are about celebrating the happy couple!

Make it a personal, by allowing the couple to share (or announce) their wedding plans, as well as share a historical account about meeting, falling in love and looking forward to the future with engagement party guests.

Allow guests to share in the fun by snapping shots of themselves and adding them to a scrapbook about favorite stories about the couple. It’s a token to cherish leading up to the big day. An engagement party can be a much more low-key and relaxed event, so do not feel as though it’s necessary to fret over an extravagant menu or decorations.

Let your friends and family embrace the opportunity to congratulate you. Now, bring on the wedding excitement! Share your engagement party ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out our She said YES! Proposals + Engagement Party Ideas board on Pinterest. Need help planning an engagement party? Use Snappening’s event venue search and event planner search to help you with all the details.