He (or she) has popped the question – now it’s time to pop the cork on the engagement celebration.
But there’s no need to get yourself into a stressful knot just because you’re planning on tying the knot. South-East Queensland has a number of swoon-worthy engagement party venues in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, so leave it to the experts to create the perfect post-proposal party.
Take your love to new heights and shout your sense of style and celebration from a rooftop bar. You can search for the perfect engagement party venue on functionbook™.
Eleven Rooftop Bar specialises in engagement parties in Brisbane with the spectacular courtyard catering for up to 80 people. The outlook here is impressive 270 degree views of Fortitude Valley, the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
The top-spot to dance on the ceiling at your Gold Coast engagement party is Justin Lane in Burleigh Heads with its newly opened rooftop bar or way up high at the top of Q1 on Level 77 or 78 of SkyPoint – as close to Cloud-9 as you can get.
On the Sunshine Coast, revel in the romance of the Sunset Bar at the Noosa Boathouse where you and your guests can soak up the relaxed Noosa vibe for a chilled-out Sunshine Coast engagement party.
Choose your engagement party location. The best engagement venues in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast book out quickly. It’s a good idea to book your venue at least one month in advance. Your engagement party is usually held two to four months after your engagement has been announced (or sooner if you plan on marrying within the first six to 12 months).
The list and your budget. Once upon a time, invitations to your engagement party would only go out to those who you planned to invite to the wedding. These days, with smaller and destination weddings becoming more popular, it is more acceptable to have a larger guest list at the engagement celebrations than the actual wedding, so all your friends and family can share the love. By the same token, some people choose to keep the guest list small and intimate and use the extra budget for special menu items, decorations or theming.
While it is traditional for the parents of the bride to host the engagement party, many modern couples are throwing their own soirees. It is not uncommon for the happy-couple to send out invitations advising what is and isn’t included in the catering stakes and for guests to buy their own drinks.
Speeches and toasts. No matter how casual your engagement party is, people will expect a short speech or some kind words from the party hosts. If following tradition, the bride’s father will propose a toast to his daughter and her fiancé. The fiancé would then return the favour and toast his bride-to-be, her parents and then his own parents.
So what do you do when all of this toasting is taking place? Remain seated, smile and nod. Don’t raise your glass as the guests are toasting you and only those doing the toasting raise their glasses. After all that glass racing, it’s customary for the happy couple to respond to the toast with a few words thanking guests for attending, single out each set of parents and recognise their support and love and express your excitement about the union of two great families.
Engagement parties are usually one of the first times both families and friends from both sides come together so it’s only to be expected that guests won’t know each other. While most modern couples will consider ice-breaking party games a bit on the uncool side, wine tastings on the other hand are a stylish way to break the ice, promote conversation and get the party started. Search functionbook™ to find a bar or restaurant with a private or semi-private function area, hand-out some tasting notes and ask guests to make their own and take advantage of the endless knowledge of the in-house sommelier. This style of engagement party is likely to be to everyone’s taste.
You’ve got that ring, now show off the bling with a sophisticated and sparkly soiree. Whether you choose a chic cocktail party in a luxe lounge, a formal sit-down dinner or a decadent degustation search functionbook™ for the perfect engagement party venue that oozes, style and grace.
Who said that engagement parties need to be celebrated after dark. There’s no better start to the day than a mimosa-fuelled bubbly brunch, especially if it’s overlooking a beautiful beach. If celebrating engagement parties at the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast – consider a mid-morning casual get-together with a buffet of decadent waffles, donuts, omelettes and French toast and a Mimosa bar of all your fruity favourites. Think beyond dinner and partying til dawn. Engagement parties can be celebrated at any time of the day; from a bright and breezy breakfast to a sweet and savoury morning tea.
What a great way for guests from both sides to get to know each other. High tea, traditionally served around 4pm, is a social way to kick off your engagement party and take advantage of that golden hour before dusk for stunning pictures.