When we got engaged in February, we knew we were going to have a long engagement so we thought we would make the most of it and have a party. When we returned from Rome, having just got engaged, we organised a meal with both of our families.
Later on in June, we celebrated with a party! I was so lucky that my friends from all over the country managed to make it, and we had a great time celebrating with family and friends. In planning the party, we really managed to keep the costs down, and we were really fortunate in that aspect.
We hired a golf club venue which cost only £100 with a refundable £75 deposit. A friend of Scott’s was our DJ and one of his friends also did our cake (which was amazing)! I asked her for a gold cake with some sparkle, and showed her some pictures on Pinterest, and the cake she made us was so cute! The picture really doesn’t do it justice. She is really creative and at the minute she is currently making quirky baby clothes (Alex and the Bea if anyone is interested). She also provided us with white chair covers that she had, and it really finished off the venue.
With the decorations, I ordered some gold ring balloons from Ebay (well in advance as they were from China!) and also some gold heart shaped balloons. I then got the usual round balloons from Card Factory. We got them filled with helium (thanks Amy!) and put them in bunches of three around the tables. I went with a gold theme and they looked great!
I also got a variety of table confetti and mixed that up and sprinkled it around the tables. I also bought some ‘photo booth props’ despite not having a photo booth, they were really fun and everyone had pictures with them.
The planning and preparation did take a while. All of our family and friends pulled together for us and made it extra special. Our mums did the buffet (it was more like a feast for 1000 people!) and it was great, despite the fact I didn’t actually get chance to eat anything! We were so busy putting on chair covers and arranging the venue on the day that me and Scott were actually late to our own party! Not by very long, but we were late! haha. Here is a picture we had taken just after we had practically ran to the venue:
My friend Beth actually picked out my dress. I was determined not to wear black, but in the end I got a black dress! My wardrobe consists of barely any colour, so why should I change that now? haha! It was from River Island, and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have had anything to wear. I did my own makeup, I didn’t see the point in having it done just for an engagement party. I chose to wear MAC’s Ruby Woo to brighten up my black dress a bit haha!
I’m so happy we decided to have an engagement party. I would fully recommend it to anyone who is having a long engagement, and has the chance to plan an extra party. It’s really great to be able to enjoy the celebration with family and friends, and to make the most of the time you are engaged. Although I feel right now that the wedding is ages away, I’m glad we chose to fill the time with celebrations and time well spent to those close to us. It also really shows a lot about people, and shows who the amazing people are in your life. It’s also a great tip to not invite people to the wedding who didn’t make the effort to come to your engagement party.