Post # 1
We want to have an engagement party because we are having a long engagement (3 years) and we want to celebrate with all of our family (135 people) all at once, we feel it’ll be more efficient that way.
HOWEVER….feeding that many people is reeeeaaallly adding up. We can’t do it at our house cause we have sooo many people, and my dad is not budging on cutting the list. It’s as small as it’s gonna get, lots of cousins. Did anyone do a party for a lot of people, but casually? We were thinking of doing appetizers and dancing at a restaurant or hall, but I’m having some trouble finding somewhere to do this. Are country clubs better?
Any ideas will be MUCH appreciated. Let me know what you did!
Post # 3
Just so you know…
From an Etiquette point of view, Engagement Parties are typically thrown / hosted by someone other than the Bride & Groom themselves.
Most often the Bride’s family… or if that it isn’t possible the Groom’s family.
(Doesn’t mean that they have to foot the bill entirely / or at all… just for appearances, it shouldn’t look like you are hosting your own party… which can look Gift Grabby)
Post # 4
@This Time Round: I understand, sorry for the confusion. My father is throwing it, and I was providing him with my fiance’s list and the number of people was just very big. I am trying to find a more reasonable way to do this for my father’s sake. Any suggestion?
Post # 5
Ok, I’ll see what I can’t come up with.
I am Canadian so my info will be based on some of the go-to sites that one would look at here for this issue…
Country Clubs and Restaurants with larger seperate rooms are certainly an option(although this can be a pricey because you’ll no doubt have to buy all your food & drink thru them)
For Self Catering… take a look at Community Centres – Church Halls – Legion Halls – Volunteer Halls (ie Knights of Columbus – Free Masons – Lions Club – Rotary Club) – Recreation Facilities with Meeting Halls (Curling Rinks – Hockey Arenas – Pool & Tennis Club Houses etc)
Hope this helps somewhat,
Post # 6
@This Time Round: That does help actually! I totally forgot about church halls. There are a few pretty descent ones around here. Thank you, fabulous suggestion!
Post # 7
any other suggestions bees?
Post # 8
my engagement party is going to be rather large too and we are having ours at the same location i had my birthday party
take a look at some of the halls that are around 150 or less because often times they dont have bookings, try the off season and fridays are always cheaper than saturdays
there are actually a lot of halls that are not as well known and because of that they have lower pricing you just have to do your research
also the city depends a lot so good luck
Post # 9
Oooh, this thread just helped me out a lot too!