Congratulations on your engagement! It’s now time to share the news with friends and family. Are you excited? Giddy? Overwhelmed?
Planning an engagement party can be quite challenging, especially when the wedding is likely to follow soon after. There is no single perfect theme, but there are some engagement party ideas that will have people remembering the day for eons!
We suggest you consider an outdoor engagement party. It will allow your guests to mingle freely in an unconfined environment while engaging in the activities around which the event is themed. The outdoors allows you or your planner to go all out with the décor ideas.
If your event is around the corner, here are 5 outdoor engagement party themes to consider
1. Picnic Style Wine & Cheese Tasting Engagement Party
If you love the outdoors, then a picnic style engagement party should be on your list of ideas. Hire out a space with nice, lush gardens and invite your friends and family for an old-school wine and cheese tasting event. Alternatively, have your event hosted by a winery such as Oakridge Wines in Yarra Valley or Sandalford Wines in Caversham.
Have fun with your partner curating the wines and cheese for the day. Let people vote for their favourite wines but also share with them the story behind each choice. Keep it simple and fun. Half a dozen wines are enough.
Picnics during the Spring are picturesque, and your photographer will enjoy documenting the special moments
2. Music Themed Poolside Engagement Party
Every engagement party should have an element that stands out. Food, wine, flowers, or music! If your families both appreciate music, then a music themed party is a great idea. Treat them to an evening by the poolside being serenaded by a band!
Once the band is done, let the DJ take over till late. Personalise the experience for every guest by asking them to submit a song request during the party.
Music themed engagement party ideas will not break your budget, that’s a major plus. The poolside engagement party can happen anywhere with a great poolside, including a parent’s or a friend’s home
3. Host Your Guests on a Fruit Farm
There are dozens of fruit farms in South Australia that specialise in hosting exclusive events. They can accommodate even the most specific requests and ideas, from fun and casual to traditional and elegant.
Fruit farms provide a beautiful backdrop for your engagement party. Besides getting to sample the farm’s produce, your guests can take walks and appreciate the rich history of the farms.
Some farms even have chapels. You can negotiate for a discounted package should you opt to have your wedding there too. The Apple Farm in Mount Gambler is a family-run farm that specialises in private family functions. The Orchard Perth in Western Australia hosts guests for weddings but allows activities such as tractor tours and fruit picking.
4. Rooftop Engagement Party
An invite-only event that starts early in the afternoon and runs till late. That’s our idea of a perfect engagement party in the city.
Australian cities have beautiful skylines where guests can sip wine while overlooking rivers, the ocean, or the star-lit sky itself. Wherever you are in Australia, there is a rooftop event space you can hire and deck it out with your desired engagement decor.
Set up a photography area as part of the décor, where people can pose and feel nice about dressing up. Complement this with the aroma of your star dish of the day and you’ll have your guests lost in the allure of it all. Rooftop events ought to be glamorous. Do not be shy about going all out.
5. Engagement Party Inside a Brewery
Craft breweries that host events are in style now. Find one that has enough outdoor space to allow your décor team enough place to set up. The brewery may have an in-house kitchen, or they will allow you to bring an external catering team.
Guests can have multiple games to play besides sampling the craft beers on site. Breweries are usually kind enough to allow visitors to take a tour of their facilities should they be interested. The industrial high ceilings and the network of pipes and storage tanks add to the mystic of the event for those who decide to take a tour.
Jacka Brothers Brewery in Melrose specialises in customising events for guests. Their property offers great views of Mount Remarkable. The Cheeky Monkey Brewery in Wilyabrup, WA has a large raised deck for outdoors events that gives the illusion of a floating event. In Cape Naturaliste, Eagle Bay Brewing Company has fantastic packages for private events.
If you live locally in Adelaide, the Pirate Life Brewery in Port Adelaide has function packages for small intimate groups or big whole venue events.
Whatever your engagement party decoration ideas are, go ahead and try them out. Hire a professional planner to help ease the pressure. They’ll make sure no detail is unattended. But most importantly, let loose and enjoy your day. After all, you deserve it!