This past weekend we celebrated our Engagement Party. To say that it was absolutely perfect would be an understatement. Multiple times I looked around the room and thought to myself, “wow, we are so lucky! There is a room full of people that love us a whole lot”.
We used Wedding Paper Divas for our invitations. WPD is always having some sort of sale or discount if you are thinking about ordering from them. They were very easy to work with and our invites came very quickly. WPD is owned by Shutterfly which has a distribution center in Fort Mill. We chose navy and gold since those are some of the colors we are incorporating in the wedding.
It is my dream to be a good calligrapher, but until that day happens, clear labels for the win! We downloaded a great calligraphy font from 1001freefonts.com and printed labels with our guests addresses as well as return address labels. This saved a lot of time and was totally worth the few dollars it cost for Kinkos to do them. I’m sure it would be easy enough to do them on your own printer, but neither one of us felt like experimenting with that.
We chose to have the party at The Ashton in South End. It was the perfect venue choice. Many of our friends live in the area, and for those who stayed uptown, it was quick ride down on the light rail. The Ashton has a very large indoor area to rent and a great outdoor patio with amazing views of the city.
My mom decided to take on the challenge of catering the party herself. Is there anything that lady can’t do? She truly is Wonder Woman. She planned a menu full of great hors d’oevres and incorporated many of our favorite things including Chic-fil-A nuggets and a family friends famous Blue Cheese Dip. She decorated the space with hints of gold and white including pom-pom balls that hung from the ceiling. My mother-in-law did a great job of making two large flower arrangements that sat on the food and dessert table. We hired a bartender to help serve and replenish food; one of the better ideas we had. He was awesome and did all of the dirty work so that we could enjoy the party.
It’s all fun and games until someone breaks out the Selfie Stick. Leave it to my sister (aka the life of the party) to bring one…
The Selfie Stick made a second appearance at the bar after the party…probably should have left that bad boy at home but the pictures are hilarious!
It is hard to put into words the gratitude that we feel for those who made it to our party. We both have small extended families but feel fortunate enough to consider many of our close friends as family members. It means the world to us for the people that traveled far distances to be there to celebrate us. For those who live near, it means just as much. There were a lot of people who helped my mom set-up before the event and those who stayed late to help us clean up. My parents and Matt’s parents both put a lot of time, energy, and money into the party, and we are forever grateful for that. This is an event we will never forget! Can’t wait for October 10th!