An old joke says that there are only two seasons in Chicago – winter and waiting for summer. But, what about that other season, the one that starts over Thanksgiving, picks up steam through December, pops like champagne on NYE and lands on a bed of roses come Valentine’s Day? We’re talking about Engagement Season, of course, and if an engagement party is now on your ever-growing to-do list, you probably have some questions. At Lettuce Entertain You, we’ve got answers.
When should we host the engagement party?
The engagement party is the first of many festivities to look forward to as a new “formal” couple. You’re kicking off a season of celebrations and enjoying an opportunity for your friends and most importantly, families, to get to know each other better. Schedule your engagement party within 2-3 months of the proposal. Want us to take care of all the details? Enter to for a chance to win an engagement party for 50 of your nearest and dearest friends at Lettuce Entertain You’s newest events venue, located in Lincoln Park’s historic Belden-Stratford Building.
Who should we invite?
First and foremost, you don’t want anyone at your engagement party that is not also invited to the wedding. Consider inviting your immediate and local extended family and closest friends. Those who you are considering as your wedding party should be the first on your list.
How elaborate should the party be?
The most important thing to keep in mind – don’t upstage the main event! There will be plenty of time for formal dinners, elegant wines, custom linens and decor. What do you and your fiance love to eat and drink? How do you spend your Friday nights with friends? Consider hosting a reception-style affair with passed small bites and food stations. Maybe a champagne, bourbon or craft beer tasting? What about a backyard barbecue or family-style brunch? Make it personal, make it about you and don’t forget, it’s a party!
At Stratford on the Park, we are ready to help you celebrate. Enter to for a chance to win an engagement party for 50 of your nearest and dearest friends at Lettuce Entertain You’s newest events venue, located in Lincoln Park’s historic Belden-Stratford Building.