July 13, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Budget Tip: How to Have An Engagement Party On A Dime


Congratulations, you’ve finally become engaged!

Now that you have the ring on your finger you want to announce to the whole world that you're about to marry the man of your dreams, but the catch is that you don’t want to spend a whole lot of cash making this announcement and celebrating.

Expert Blog Tip - Engaged Couple

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Talen Events has a few expert tips on how you can celebrate your engagement while saving money for your big day.

  1. Limit The Guest List: You don’t have to invite everyone who knows you as a couple to your engagement party. Keep the list short and invite only close friends and immediate family.

    Bonus Tip: You can use this intimate setting to allow both of your families to meet if they haven’t met already.

  2. Host at Home: Why not have your engagement celebration in your home or one of your parents' homes? By using a home as your venue space you can create an intimate atmosphere and cut costs by by cooking the food yourself and asking guests to bring wine and dessert.

    Expert Blog Tip - Have Champagne at Home

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    Bonus Tip: Use your engagement party to announce the date of your wedding. This will save you from having to send out save the date cards and you can spend the money you saved on another aspect of your wedding.

  3. The Prix Fixe: If you want to go out and celebrate then why not choose a restaurant with a prix fixe menu? Since you're working with a small guest list you'll be able to find a restaurant that suits your needs.

    Bonus Tip: Be careful of the number of guests you invite because depending on the size of the group you may be required to pay an 18% gratuity!

  4. Add a Theme: Visit a party packaging store to find some unique novelty items at a fair price that will help you to decorate for your fun theme.

Expert Blog Tip - Engagement Party on a Dime from Talen Events

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Whatever you choose to do remember that your engagement celebration is just a pre-cursor to your big day. Use this event as a time to remember how you met, show your engagement ring to family and friends, and to tell the story of the proposal.

Until next time Happy Planning,

Amalia Ward


This post is brought to you by Talen Events:

Amalia Ward and Tiffany daSilva created Talen Events with a focus on living a green lifestyle. We are an environmentally conscious event firm in Ontario dedicated to creating unique events that highlight and preserve the environment. At Talen Events we are eco-friendly & casually elegant...just like you.