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Engagement Party
The sneaky bridesmaid we arrived with.

This is probably one of the least useful posts that I’ve submitted, but sometimes (as in the wedding planning process), a bride just needs to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy some things along the way. The same weekend as a bridal shower that I’d thrown for a friend, some of our great bridesmaids and friends put on a surprise engagement party for us… Well, I say “us,” but I guess the party was actually Eric’s sneaky idea put into action by a few shiesty bridesmaids. We had 25-30 people attend, including surprise guests even from New York City and Tampa, all waiting at Maggiano’s when we arrived with another couple for what I thought was a routine pasta feast. My thanks go out to a GREAT group of friends, which made for a spectacular night… even if I wasn’t prepared attire-wise, wearing cowboy boots and little makeup (typical)!

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I had no idea!

Before the party, a few friends had a mentioned that we should have an engagement dinner, but with the busy schedule that Eric & I keep, I kind of blew it off. After the party, my attitude on this made a quick turnaround. I firmly believe now that an engagement party is a wonderful way to welcome in the engagement (and ring-gawking) and serves as a necessary reminder of the true goal of the whole process: joining your fiancé in marriage, surrounded by friends and family. For me, sometimes slowing down and enjoying the moment is something that I need reminded of, or in this case, forced/tricked into.

What do you think– Have an engagement party, or save the money for the wedding?  I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section below!

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is a Nashville bride who planned a rustic barn wedding on a $12k budget. Read more of her wedding planning posts here.