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How to throw an engagement party at home

Holding an engagement party doesn’t need to cost the earth. Unlike your actual wedding day, guests will only be with you for a few hours, so there’s no need to hold a sit down dinner, and in fact, there’s no reason not to hold your engagement party at home.


Planning an engagement party is a lot simpler than a wedding in every aspect; click through our gallery for our advice on how to plan the perfect at home engagement party.

Set the date

Four to six weeks after the proposal is the perfect time to hold your engagement party; it gives you time to send the invitations out and do a bit of planning, like making playlists, buying paper plates etc. and sorting out any decorations you want

The guest list

Unless you live in a very large house, an engagement party held at home will require a smaller guest list than one hosted at a bar or restaurant. The general etiquette is that anyone invited to your engagement party will also be invited to the wedding, so hosting a small party at homes with limited numbers means you don’t have to decide on your final wedding guest list just yet! People will understand your home doesn’t have capacity for dozens of guests. READ MORE: How to create the perfect wedding guest list