Don't Sweat Your Engagement Party—These 8 Ideas Make It a Snap

by Jess Levin, Founder and CEO of Carats & Cake

Jess Levin Conroy began her career at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that included C. Wonder and Tory Burch LLC. After earning her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Jess saw an opportunity in the wedding space to help empower the businesses at the top end of the market. She founded Carats & Cake in 2013 in New York City. To date, the company works with over 25,000 businesses across the U.S. and has become the go-to resource for couples looking for the best the wedding industry has to offer.

Getting engaged is something worth celebrating, and there is no shortage of opportunities to raise a glass—from dress shopping to the bachelorette to cake tasting, it’s all one big party leading up to the main event. What better way to start the entire process than with an engagement party commemorating your new status? Now, the thought of throwing another party on top of the wedding can be nothing short of overwhelming, but whether you’d like an intimate affair or a more extravagant gathering, engagement parties are the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together and set the tone for the main event. From the guest list to the décor to the entertainment, we reached out to some of the wedding industry’s best to get their inside tips on the dos and don’ts of engagement parties. So whether you decide on an over-the-top party or a more understated debut, read on for eight creative engagement party ideas.

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This post was originally published November 28, 2014, and has been updated.

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