If you’re planning your nuptials, you’re probably knee-deep in Pinterest boards, wedding magazines, and endless spreadsheets. It’s a process that’s all kinds of thrilling, but can also border on overwhelming. So what if we told you there’s a way to make the process a bit easier, and potentially get more bang for your buck?
Enter the engagement party. It’s not just a prequel to the wedding; it’s a fantastic opportunity to test drive your potential wedding vendors. It’s like having a sneak peek at the blockbuster movie before its grand premiere. So as you’re searching for wedding vendors, don’t forget you could book them for your engagement party too (and it actually may be a stroke of genius).
Your engagement party is the ideal setting to experiment with various elements of your wedding. Whether it’s the flower arrangements, the tunes, or the delectable desserts, this is your chance to see what tickles your fancy, and what you might like to change for the big day. Want to know if those peonies really match your colour scheme? Or if the playlist the DJ is suggesting would really be a hit with your crew? Why not try them all out at your engagement party?
When you hire vendors for your engagement party and later for your wedding, you’re not just dealing with strangers; you’re creating a beautiful love story. They become part of your journey, your narrative, and your crazy wedding planning anecdotes. By the time the big day arrives, your vendors feel like extended family members who’ve been with you through thick and thin.
The beauty of this strategy is its universality. It applies to most vendors in the wedding world. Whether you’re on the hunt for a florist, a musician to set the mood, a photographer to capture the moments, a dessert maker for your sweet tooth, or even a dressmaker or tailor to create a masterpiece for when all eyes are on you, your engagement party can double as a vendor audition.
The one vendor who you may not necessarily book for your engagement party is a celebrant. Or should you? If you’re the type of couple who enjoys thinking outside the box, you could in fact turn your engagement party into a surprise wedding. Imagine the shock on your loved ones’ faces when they come to celebrate your engagement and leave witnessing your nuptials! Everyone you love is all dressed up and in the one place after all. Genius!
The icing on the wedding cake is that some of these vendors can become lifelong suppliers for your family. That photographer who captured your engagement and wedding photos? They’ll be there to snap photos of your newborn, your first family portrait, and all the milestones that follow. The cake maker who crafted your wedding masterpiece can whip up birthday confections for your kids, and your celebrant can evolve into your go-to for naming days and family funerals. It’s like building a family of trusted suppliers!
So, don’t overlook the power of your engagement party in your wedding planning process. It’s not just a celebration of your love; it’s a stage for your vendors to shine and become an integral part of your journey. Who knew that saying “I do” to your vendors could start at “I will” at your engagement party?