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Save on Your Engagement Party

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Congratulations on your engagement! You want to celebrate with your friends, but not blow your budget before you start your wedding planning. Here are some tips to save on your engagement party.

Venue Savings

Your most affordable option is to host your party at home, but if you have to rent a venue, save money by picking a venue that is a little outside of the busier areas areas of town. Venues will likely have lower rates during the week compared to the weekend. Keep it casual. The more formal, the more expensive.

Make your Own Invitations

You can save a lot of money by not ordering professionally printed invitations. You can make your own invitations with your home printer instead. Or, better yet, send e-vites or email invitations. These are free.

Make Your Own Decorations

Decorations don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. You can find glass vases and candles can at the dollar store. You can decorate with pictures of you and your fiance placed around the party space.

You can also save money on buying flowers from a local wholesale florist and putting the arrangements together yourself or buying a few large arrangements at Costco and re-arranging them throughout your space.

Try crowdsourcing with your friends and family for things like table linens, tableware or even flowers.

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You can find free templates online to print your own banner instead of buying. You can also look at stores like to find inexpensive ready made and custom banners.

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Don’t Hire a DJ

Get some blue tooth speakers and make your own soundtrack. Or, have your friends and family select songs that remind them of you and your fiancee.

Single-Serve Desserts

Save money on dessert options like cupcakes or cake pops instead of a large, custom cake.

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Happy Hour Savings

Stick to one cocktail or keep it classic with Champagne to stay on budget. You can often buy Champagne wholesale or in bulk to save. If that’s not an option, visit your local Costco or Sam’s Club. Most people don’t know you don’t have to be a member to purchase alcohol (at deep discounts) at these locations.

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Budget Menu

Serve appetizers instead of a full dinner. Sliders or crostinis will fill your guests without breaking the bank. Add a cheese and veggie tray to round out the menu.

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Make your own favors like a small gift bag of candy or a candle. You can also get decorative cookies from your local bakery.

If you don’t have time to do it yourself, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite engagement party products from If you purchase one of the products we recommend, we may earn a commission.

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