Engagement Party Favors - Gift Ideas and Suggestions
Need ideas and inspiration for some great engagement party favors?
If you're planning an engagement party, you might be wondering if you should have favors for this occasion. After all, every other party to do with a wedding and a wedding reception itself has favors offered, so why wouldn't an engagement party have to offer favors, right?
Since wedding planning in general might be new to you, you should know a little bit about all of your party favors, starting with the engagement party.
Are they necessary?
You might be surprised to find out that the engagement party is the only party that you will have pertaining to your wedding that favors are not expected. This is a time when you and your fiance are announcing your plans and celebrating the momentous occasion, so don't feel like you have to give engagement party favors at this one.
This can be especially true if you're going to be pressed for money to pay for your wedding. Favors can really add up, and if you're having a large party, this can become a large expense. Instead, focus on the food, drinks, games and entertainment, such as music if you'll be hiring a DJ, and save the gift giving for another time.
If you do choose favors for this occasion
Many people really like to choose engagement party favors, and if you're planning to provide some, you might want to consider something which will be of use to your guests. These should also be fairly inexpensive, so you won't break your budget giving favors early on.
Consider a small box of chocolates with a save the date note on the lid. This can be a great way to save on sending so many "save the date" cards and get the job done when it comes to favors.
For engagement party favors, you might also want to consider getting small picture frames and inserting a save the date card with your engagement photo on it. Giving your guests something they will use for some time and which helps them to remember your wedding date does double duty and ensures you don't waste your efforts.
Also, consider the theme of your engagement party and the personality of the couple when choosing engagement party favors. If you are having a wine tasting type of engagement party, it might be fun to choose decorated wine bottle toppers, which are inexpensive and fun to use. Attach a note to the favor so your guests will remember the occasion.
Or, if you're having an engagement party on the beach, you may want to consider offering your guests a pair of inexpensive flip flops in lieu of their usual shoes.
The really great thing about an engagement party and the favors that may or may not come along with it is the fact that this is one occasion that can be as formal or casual as you choose. Your guests are really not expecting gifts for this party and you don't have to give them, so this will allow you to set the stage of your engagement, rather than focus on what type of favors you give.
If you do choose to give engagement party favors, you can be a little more flexible here and don't have to go all out or feel as if you have to give really good favors.
Remember that your engagement party is more about celebrating the decision you and your fiance have made to get married. This is about welcoming you into the world of "couple-dom" and introducing your fiance to those of your guests who haven't met your special someone yet. This party is not about gifts, so set the scene and make it a party to remember, with or without engagement party favors.
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