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11 Stunning Engagement Party Ideas

Lawrence Scott Events | Ellen Wolff Photography

An engagement party is an opportunity for friends and family to come together to celebrate the good fortune of a soon-to-be-married couple. The occasion should reflect the personalities and shared passions of the pair and is an opportunity to foster new relationships as the special people in their lives come together for the first time. The following creative engagement party ideas and themes provided loads of fun for guests and the happy couples alike.

Fall Festivity

Photographer: Averyhouse

Gorgeous fall colors were on display at this happy couple’s engagement party that was set with rustic charm in the picturesque Chicago Botanic Garden. Event planner Bliss Weddings & Events tied this outdoor engagement party theme together with croquet played with shiny golden apples and charming picnic-style gift baskets. The lovely farmhouse table was perfectly set with vintage plates and glassware and topped with pink-and-yellow-hued floral arrangements from Cornelia McNamara Flowers. Averyhouse photographed all the fun, including a beautiful image of the deco-themed invitation, created by Cheree Berry Paper. Guests roasted marshmallows at the fire pit and enjoyed custom cocktails from a bespoke muddling bar.

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Vintage Essence

Photographer: Events by M

This romantic engagement party theme came compliments of Events by M, which also provided amazing photography. The soirée was held at Galleria Marchetti, which featured an indoor and outdoor space, complete with glass fire pits. The foliage-laden venue was accented with violet lighting, vintage sofas and armchairs for relaxing, and shabby chic decor elements like a greenery wall festooned by gold frames and mirrors designed by Platinum Events. Delicious bites were created by Galleria Marchetti’s catering team and served atop table settings provided by BBJ Linen. Party-goers couldn’t resist mugging for the camera in the photo booth provided by Fotio Vintage Photo Booth Chicago.

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Foodie Favorites

Photographer: Andrew Simoneaux

Planning for this unique and unforgettable engagement party was provided by Z Event Company, who drew inspiration from the couple’s favorite late-night eateries and entertainment preferences. Guests dined on beignets from Cafe du Monde and hotdogs from the famous Lucky Dog cart, plus tasty treats from Fleur de Lis Catering. Photographer Andrew Simoneaux captured the fun-loving duo rocking the night away to tunes provided by Élan Artists. A classic photo booth, provided by Snap & Sketch, was a huge hit with guests, who also enjoyed custom cocktails topped with their own images, created by L.A.-based caterer The Grand Bevy.

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Parisian Love

Steve Steinhardt Photography

A rose-filled garden transported guests from the sunny Hollywood hills to this chic, Parisian bistro at this themed engagement party. The fabulous fête was put together by Ilana Ashley Events and featured an abundance of sweet treats, like the classically-French macaron cookies from Monsieur and engagement ring cupcakes from Sprinkles Cupcakes. Steve Steinhardt Photography captured it all, from the gorgeous tabletops by Dish Wish to the decadent ice cream sandwiches from Chunk-N-Chip, and of course, the adorable four-legged friends on the scene. Guests sipped crisp cocktails from Lee’s Libations and celebrated the happy couple.

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Timeless Celebration

Northern Greenhouses

A truly classic engagement party calls for simplicity and elegance. The beautiful, wooded estate of Concorde Banquets, located just outside the city of Chicago, was the perfect choice for this couple. Guests were treated to tranquil swans floating on the ponds throughout the exterior grounds, and inside cozied up to gorgeous tables covered in linens from Covered Affairs. The tabletops featured intricate centerpieces designed by Northern Greenhouses. These elaborate arrangements — small trees dripping with white orchids and lush cream roses — paired with flickering candlelight to set the tone for an evening to remember.

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Moroccan Flair

Brian Tropiano Photography

An exotic evening of fun and entertainment awaited guests at this Moroccan-themed engagement party held at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California. Kristin Banta Events pulled out all the stops, with jewel-toned tapestries hung from every wall and filigreed bronze lanterns that cast a warm glow throughout the venue. Brian Tropiano Photography beautifully shot the event, as guests lounged on daybeds and ottomans while sipping custom cocktails and taking in the breathtaking ocean views. Floral arrangements — which included purple orchids, orange dahlias, and pink roses — added a pop of color to the gilded centerpieces.

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Backyard Bliss

Carmen Santorelli Photography

These two lovebirds shared their happiness with friends and family at a beautiful backyard engagement party in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Event planning and design came compliments of Amorology, who utilized services from Found Rentals and Abbey Party Rentals to fill out the garden spot with chic high-top tables and vintage couches for lounging. Rustic wooden tables displayed beautiful rose floral arrangements from Catalina Neal. Photos by Carmen Santorelli Photography captured every delicate detail, including the elegant invitations by Peanut Press Creative. A tasty table of treats and appetizers like grilled shrimp on lime were provided by Waters Fine Catering.

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Simply Silver

Marcin Cymmer Photography

This newly-engaged couple’s affinity for taste and glamour was perfectly suited for the deco-style space of The Estate by Gene & Georgetti. An opulent silver decor choice executed by Northern Greenhouses provided a fabulous backdrop for photos by Marcin Cymmer Photography. A romantic sweets table included a heart-shaped sculpture of chocolate-covered strawberries and a three-tiered cake topped with delicate silver frosting and wine-hued orchids were provided by Elysia Root Cakes. Centerpieces of red roses and candles ran the length of the tables that were accented by chic acrylic chairs and sequin linens. Guests were give scrumptious red macarons with silver accents in a clear box as party favors.

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Blushing Roses

Photographer: Katie Beverly

This dreamy celebration in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills was saturated with blush, cream, and pink roses. It was full-on romance with rich candlelight and a gold-accented dance floor. The event was designed by Kate Carlson, with grand floral arrangements and decor sculpted by Butterfly Floral & Event Design. Photographer Katie Beverley had an ideal backdrop for each perfect shot, as did videographer David Medill Productions, who captured guests dancing the night to a 6-piece band and DJ provided by LIV Entertainment Group. And if guests got hungry, they snacked on fresh, handmade sushi rolls  and a dessert table filled to the brim with intricate cakes and fresh fruit parfaits.

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Tented Bash

Ellen Wolff Photography

Friends and family toasted this happy couple during a late summer engagement party at a private residence overlooking Mecox Bay in Watermill, Long Island. Tiki torches and chaise lounge chairs peppered the grounds, while a luminous white tent with floor to ceiling windows and skylights hosted party-goers well into the evening. Ellen Wolff Photography captured the magnetic scene, which boasted cascading centerpieces and avant garde table settings. These details along with the black and white decor and delectable food stations were provided by Lawrence Scott Events.

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Monogrammed Magic

Kent Drake Photography

This fun engagement celebration featured the happy couple’s initials emblazoned in topiaries, light displays and even serveware while servers sported custom tees printed with a catchy personal hashtag. The Christina Currie Events-created party offered creative food stations that celebrated significant locations in the pair’s shared history — well-known foods from their hometowns of Chicago and Los Angeles — and an Eiffel Tower structure to signify their engagement spot. Kent Drake Photography expertly captured the vibrant florals, street sign decor and delicious food offerings.

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