Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5 Tips For Hosting a Wonderful Engagement Party

Although we tend to focus mainly on the Country Jewell weddings that happen here, that's not the only type of celebration that you can host at our rustic event venue near Knoxville. We've been the site of reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, holiday parties, business retreats, and much more. 

We are also the perfect size for an intimate engagement party. Your guests will be tickled to find out that the actual wedding will take place on the very spot where they are celebrating your engagement. Today we've got a few helpful tips that will ensure your engagement party is a hit. 

Decide Who Will Host
Traditionally the bride's parents host the engagement party, but today anyone is free to host this celebration. It can be parents, other relatives, friends, or even the couple themselves. In some cases where the bride and groom have family or friends that live far away from each other, more than one party may even take place. Whoever ends up playing host will most likely take charge of the majority of the party planning, but they will need your input on many things so that it works well with your wedding plans. 

Make a Guest List
You should only invite guests to your engagement party that will also be invited to the actual ceremony and reception. It is very likely that you may not have an entire wedding guest list made up this early in the planning stages. That's okay because this event doesn't need to be as large as your wedding. You can keep it small for just your closest family and friends that you are positive will be on the main guest list. This party is in your honor, so in this case, the guests are yours to choose, not the person hosting the event.    

Pick a Date
This type of party should be held within the first few months of the engagement. You will need time to create the guest list and plan the party, but you don't want to wait too long after the proposal that the newness has worn off. Also, give your guests plenty of notice so that they have enough time to make plans to join you. 

Set the Scene
This is an event celebrating your upcoming wedding, but it doesn't have to match the plans you are making for the big day. When you host it at our scenic event venue near Knoxville, you really don't need to plan for a lot of additional decorations at all. We have already set a charming, rustic scene in our event barn that looks festive, yet still works well with a variety of decorating styles. If you need some advice on how to get the venue ready, our talented staff can offer some wonderful suggestions. 

Decide What You'll Wear
You will be the center of attention all day long and the subject of many photos, so you will want to find something special to wear. It doesn't need to be as fancy as what you will wear at the wedding, of course. Stick to your personal style and what you enjoy wearing. Once again, the day is all about the two of you, so just be yourselves. The formality of the party you and the host decide on will give you a good idea about the type of clothing you will want to shop for.   

When you do hold your engagement party at Country Jewell, you will be able to use everything that our event barn comes with, which will save you from renting tables and chairs and also allow you to prepare your own food if you don't want to hire a caterer. The venue rental includes the use of:

  • 20 folding tables
  • 100 folding chairs
  • warming/serving kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, and microwave

Give us a call at 865-494-0552 soon and make an appointment to take a look at our charming event venue near Knoxville. Not only will you find that it is the perfect place to hold your wedding, but it's also an excellent spot for many of the other celebrations in your life.       

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Heiskell, TN 37754

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