The Engagement Party

With every New Year brings plenty of newly engaged couples mapping out what this year will now look like (now they have a million things to start planning). First stop – the engagement party.

The Host

Traditionally it is the bride’s family who will host this party, but a marriage is all about two families coming together. Welcome both sides to co-host and offer yourself as party planner in case they aren’t keen to take on the commitment.

The Place

The dream is to have it at home, where you grew up playing Mummy and Daddy when you were 5 years old. Fitting your guests into the average home is the biggest hurdle, and that’s why a lot of our brides call us for the engagement party, as a kind of test run to see if that’s what they want from their big day. A marquee can fit into a wide range of spaces – especially ours with the way our pods work, adding on or taking off parts of the tent.

The Date

Generally, this would be held 3-4 months after the proposal – but if you’re planning a wedding over a year away then we suggest you wait until the spring/summer to throw your engagement party. If the cost is an issue, then try having a joint party with your Birthday? Make all the décor and invitations for the engagement, but welcome a quick sing-along to Happy Birthday at the end of the day.

The Time

An engagement party isn’t like a wedding or baby shower, where things need to be beginning by noon. You can have an afternoon tea party, or an evening disco. Think about how you want to celebrate with your families to mark this special occasion. You must remember that if you are throwing an all night affair, then your guests will expect to have plenty of alcohol…which is considerably more money than sandwiches and cake.

The Guests

A big blow-out party always sounds like a fantastic idea – but stop and think about whether the party guest is also invited to the wedding… A wedding guest is more expensive to you than a party guest, but consider whether they will be offended if they don’t receive their Wedding invite. Also, make it clear on the invite if children are welcome to come and if you can bring a plus one. It is a perfect opportunity to meet your friends other halves, before determining whether you will invite them both to the wedding!

The Food

This is a conversation you will have to have with your Mother, or his Mother. Whilst the Wedding breakfast will be (almost) all your decision, they will have their idea of what food to serve at your engagement party. If it’s at your home, make sure to set up some taster menus with caterers as soon as possible. On a related note – parties from home are the best way to provide drinks for guests – and you could even ask people to ‘bring your own bottle’.

Similar to our wedding planning blog, we suggest writing a checklist and use this party as a mini-run –through for the big day. You’ll be able to see how much time certain things take, and see how much other people want to be included!


A massive thank you for providing an amazing and unique tent for our wedding. We were both so glad we went with the stretch tent for something a bit different and we couldn’t have been more pleased! All of our guests said how fabulous it looked! A big thank you also to everyone at Morton’s for helping and answering all of our questions in the run up to our big day. I definitely feel I know more about luxury toilets and generators! We would recommend Morton’s to anyone planning a wedding and wanting a tent which is a little different.

We were delighted with the marquee supplied by Morton’s Events.

Our guests were bowled over by the interlinking hexagonal “pods” (as we called them) and all commented on how special it made the wedding breakfast seem. We managed to accomodate 170 guests in plentiful space while making it seem intimate and cosy.

Mortons’ staff were incredibly helpful,flexible and obliging and decorated the marquee beautifully,with fairy lights and a fabulous starcloth ceiling over the dance “pod”.

Together with table decorations designed by my daughter,the effect created was magical,or as one guest put it “breathtaking.”

We would unhesitatingly advise any family contemplating a wedding in a marquee to opt for Morton’s.

Morton’s were professional, accurate, knowledgable and nothing seemed a problem.


The pods lend themselves in any situation and function and looked far better than we had both dreamed of.
Thank you Simon for making our day go without a hitch and for all your hard work and for what seemed like ours was the only function that year!

We had Mortons marques for our daughters wedding. With 200 guests we had 5 pods, a 5×5 square for the bar area and another as the entrance.

The seating for the guests wrapped round the dance floor giving a wonderful view to all and creating a great atmosphere. Mortons were so helpful always at the end of the phone and the whole day and all preparations went to plan. We would definitely use them again.