A Wedding Story (from a Groom’s Mother): Their First Engagement Party

great ideas for engagement partiesMy oldest son got married last year on September 30th.

Even though, I ‘only’ was the groom’s mother this time, I still thoroughly enjoyed every minute of that very exciting time in my son (& now) daughter-in-law’s lives – just like I had previously for my daughter & son-in-law’s Wedding Journey three years before.

{If you would like to read more about my daughter & son-in-law’s Wedding Journey click here.}

This is the first in a series highlighting the Story of this Newlyweds’ Incredible Wedding Journey.

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This Wedding Journey began (the year before) in October of 2016 with a proposal and a reply of “Yes” during a morning hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Since their engagement occurred in October, and the holidays came quickly afterwards, their engagement parties got delayed until the spring of 2017.  My husband and I gave the first one.

One of the first things I did in the planning process for the party was to enlist the help of my favorite local floral designer /florist, The Flower Studio.  Karen Cook, the owner, was the florist for my daughter’s wedding.  I love Karen’s design work, creativity, and she is a great listener.

I chose soft pinks and peaches as the primary colors for the flowers.


Family and friends who lived locally, along with the bride-to-be’s family, were on the invitation list.

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The party was held on a Saturday evening in March 2017 at a local country club.  The format of it a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres.  Typical of Chicago weather in March, it was a fairly cold, cloudy day.


White hydrangea wreaths and white & black balloons tied to the stair railings greeted our guests at the country club’s doors.

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The white hydrangea wreaths turned out gorgeous!

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I wanted a Big Wow Factor when guests walked in the door.

Pink Cherry Blossoms with hanging votives took center stage.

Long stemmed tulips, glowing candles, rose petals, & some photos of the engaged couple…


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A very important future date (their wedding date) displayed…

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In the foyer area too was a small table where I put some flowers and photos.  In some of the secondary locations, I arranged the florals.

Hallway leading to the room where the party was held – more flowers and photos

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Since it was springtime, I asked Karen to include one of my favorite spring flowers in the bathroom arrangement ~ hyacinths.

When we entered the bathroom, there were wafts of the hyacinths’ delicious fragrant scent!

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About 75 people attended, so I had the room set up with a good number of tables with seating and cocktail highboys

We also had 2 musicians for entertainment


More flowers and photos on a side table…

When I took this photo, the left side of the table remained empty – my counterpart (bride-to-be’s mother) was bringing a Wedding Memory Book to display and have the guests sign



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Instead of flowers, I loaded the fireplace mantle up with various sizes of white candles

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A So-good fresh strawberry-filled cake

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A full sheet cake was housed in the club’s kitchen till the time the cake was served


Silver gable boxes filled with treats for each guest to take home…

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The boxes filled with some of the Bride & Groom-To-Be favorite candies…

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Packed and ready for our guests…



Next up in this Wedding Journey:

Engagement Party ~ Southern Style

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