How To Plan Your Dream Rustic Engagement Party

rustic engagement party

Recently engaged? Time to celebrate! An engagement party is one of the first of many exciting events you look forward to as a bride-to-be. It’s the perfect way to reflect on your relationship and celebrate being fiancés before you start the special process of planning your wedding! Whether you’re throwing your own engagement party, or planning one for a special couple, read more for tips on how to plan the perfect rustic engagement party with help from Wayfair!

Everything You Need for a Rustic Engagement Party


Engagement party tablescape

epending on where you live, we love the idea of throwing a rustic backyard engagement party. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by close friends and family while dining al fresco in your backyard. Not only will you save money on a venue, you don’t need to compromise on design and can still throw a chic celebratory party. Plus, a backyard setting is incredibly intimate for celebrating the newly engaged couple!

Simple picnic tables can be revamped by using elaborate and stylish tablescapes. Picking a theme that goes with your natural surroundings will create an elevated look. Choosing neutral-colored linens for the tablecloths will allow you to get creative with the decor. You can add whimsical centerpieces, wooden touches, candles, and mismatched vintage vases for a rustic and organic look. When it comes to tableware, you may want to opt for disposable dinnerware. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the design though, many disposable options are sturdy, stylish, and recyclable which makes for easy cleanup.

Food and Drink

Food is a non-negotiable for any party, but you can choose to have just a spread of light appetizers or have a full family-style dinner! Consider choosing finger foods for appetizers that are easy to serve and eat while standing. Charcuterie boards are perfect for this reason as guests can choose from a variety of different options to snack on while they’re mingling! A monogrammed serving board is the cutest personalized addition for celebrating your new journey.

In order to be an expert in home bartending, you need a cocktail toolkit to shake up your favorite drinks! We love the idea of having a signature his and hers drink for all the guests to enjoy. You could even have a DIY drinks bar so your guests can make their own cocktails. Make sure to stock up on all the must-have bar essentials beforehand and get ready to party!


One of the most important factors in throwing a rustic chic engagement party is the ambiance. Good lighting and stylish seating is key to setting the mood. Since this is a more laid-back celebration, simple yet still elegant outdoor lighting is the perfect addition. You can create a luminous canopy with string lights and place lantern candles around seating areas to create a romantic atmosphere within the space. Lawn games are the perfect addition to creating a fun atmosphere and getting both sides of families and friends interacting and getting to know each other better.

Floral arrangements, whether fresh or faux, are an amazing way to brighten up decor and incorporate a natural palette into the design. The best part about faux flowers? They can be used in hosting parties for years to come. Personalized touches and DIY details are super special and help your guests connect with you and your relationship as a couple. Incorporating framed photos and other sentimental elements into the party make it that much more personal and give off a heart-warming vibe.

Looking for more inspiration on how to plan the perfect rustic engagement party? Shop party décor and more at Wayfair.

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