When you get engaged you’re going to want to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, but it’s likely that you’ll be having to pay for a wedding pretty soon too, so here are a few low cost ways to still have a great time!
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Host a Backyard BBQ
Plan a casual backyard barbecue with close friends and family. You can prepare simple and affordable dishes like burgers, hot dogs, salads, and grilled vegetables. Ask guests to bring a dish or beverage to share, reducing the overall cost.
Picnic in the Park
Choose a picturesque park or garden and organise a picnic-style engagement party. Pack homemade sandwiches, fruits, snacks, and refreshing drinks. Decorate the picnic area with blankets, cushions, and string lights for a cozy ambiance.
Save money by creating your own decorations. Look for craft tutorials online and make paper garlands, tissue paper flowers, or personalised banners with your names or initials. Get creative with inexpensive materials and recruit friends to help.
Instead of shouldering all the food costs, organize a potluck party where each guest brings a favorite dish. It adds variety to the menu, and everyone gets a chance to share their culinary skills. Provide a list of suggested dishes to ensure a balanced meal.
Arrange a fun game night with board games, card games, or even video games if you have the equipment. Ask guests to bring their favorite games too. It’s a relaxed and enjoyable way to celebrate your engagement without breaking the bank.
If you live near a beach, consider hosting a cozy beach bonfire engagement party. Enjoy the sunset, build a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and have a sing-along with acoustic music. Check local regulations and obtain any necessary permits in advance.
DIY Photo Booth
Create a DIY photo booth area with props and a simple backdrop. Use items you already have or buy inexpensive props from a thrift store or a dollar store. Encourage guests to take fun pictures throughout the party, capturing memorable moments.
Park Games and Activities
Reserve a space in a nearby park and plan outdoor games and activities. Organize a friendly tournament of soccer, volleyball, or frisbee. Bring along other activities like hula hoops, badminton, or a piñata for added entertainment.
If you and your guests have a sweet tooth, host a dessert potluck. Ask each attendee to bring their favorite dessert or bake something special. You’ll have a delightful variety of treats to enjoy without the expense of a full meal.
Transform your living room or backyard into a cozy movie theatre. Set up a projector or large-screen TV, gather some comfortable seating, and create a cinema-like ambiance with blankets and pillows. Prepare popcorn and snacks for a relaxed movie night experience.
Remember, the most important aspect of an engagement party is the celebration of your love and the company of loved ones. With these ideas, you can have a memorable and enjoyable engagement party without spending a fortune.