Organising any private wedding reception venues Melbourne is tough on its own. Let alone an intimate occasion like an engagement party. Whether you’re having trouble finding the perfect engagement party venue in Melbourne, or stuck on the food menu, there are plenty of services available to help you plan the joyous occasion. If you’re getting lost in all the logistics of putting together the ultimate romantic party for the future Mr and Mrs, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to keep you in line while you’re organising the big event:
Don’t – Leave picking a date to the last minute
When wedding bells are in order, it’s usually the special day that gets a lot of attention. With all the focus on picking the right date for the wedding, engagement parties are often scheduled at haphazard times. Finalising the date for the party ahead of time is crucial will save from the stress of hiring caterers, venues and making sure everyone is available to celebrate the happy couple.
Do – Have a concise but flexible guest list
A defined guest list should be the second most important thing on your engagement party checklist. With the correct number of guests and their lists of preferences and any dietary requirements, you can refine the kind of venue and menu your entire party needs. However, expect last minute guests to appear, as well as some who might have emergencies and can’t make it on the day.
Don’t – Base the venue solely on the season
If there’s a request to have an outdoor party, don’t rely solely on the season. With Melbourne’s fickle days, it’s hard to even plan ahead for a week, let alone an event that may be months in advance. Always have a back up indoor venue or a way to provide shelter in case the rain or harsh winds appear on the day.
Do – Prepare for entertainment outside food and music
The main ingredients of any successful engagement party are food, drinks, and entertainment. However, so many people focus on the food and drinks that by the time they have to organise the entertainment side it often leads to just organising a DJ or powerpoint presentation. But entertaining your guests should be priority to alleviate awkward moments where no one wants to dance or when everyone’s too busy eating food. From playing group games about the bride and groom to be to having a professional entertainer who to perform, there are plenty of ways to engage your party outside of a romantic playlist.
Don’t – Forget to enjoy yourself
With all the stress of planning an engagement party, it’s easy to get lost in boss mode. Make sure that when the day arrives, you have plenty of time to enjoy the party. Get friends and family involved, even if it’s as simple as saying hello to guests to making sure everyone has a drink in hand, a great engagement party is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, including you!