A Christchurch engagement party

Engagement Party Venue

There are so many elements to an engagement it’s sometimes hard to keep up.  After a week of being engaged friends were asking when we were having our engagement party.  Being like a deer in headlights with this whole “whats to come” vibe we got planning.

Hand painted wedding sign

Blogs are a huge help when planning an engagement party because there are so many ways you can do things. We found Together Journal really helpful when planning pulling inspiration from features and blogs. From early in the planning process we knew that we didn’t want something that would take hours of prepping and dismantling because Shaydens family were coming from out of town and there were air port pick ups and drop offs that could turn into a nightmare with delays.

If you are in Canterbury and looking for a venue, here were our initial options:

We went with the RSA and are so happy with our choice.  They have a private function room in their brand new CBD location called “the poppy club” that our guests loved, and with very minimal setup we were ready in 30 mins!  We put money on the bar that lasted most of the night and their events team ensured that our guests were welcomed on entry, were offered a drink if they had finished and even cut our cakes up and packed up for us at the end of the night.

Engagement Party Venue

We had 4 canapé selections over the night that were first class (honestly delicious) they let us set up a desserts table that had a cakes by anna cake and some delicious morsels made by Georgias sisters.

Engagement Party food

Decorating the venue was easy, we purchased a heap of hessian and lace bunting off AliExpress, copper wire LED battery lights from Kmart, we painted jars blush with a blue twine bow, Shayden hand made the entrance engagement sign and foraged flowers and vine for the table settings.

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We wanted a wall where people can take photos so purchased a heap of paper pom poms from AliExpress and staggered them, it ended up great!

Check out the slide show below for more images of our night

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Our night was amazing and we are so glad we chose a venue that did it all for us, it made the world of difference!

If you have something coming up and want advice – just comment below : )

Shayden and Georgia



How we asked our wedding party

Bridesmaid gifts

Following the engagement there has been so much to organise to ensure our big day is just what we want. The most important part for us is who we have standing up there with us as our wedding party on the day.

We could have just asked them if they wanted to be our bridesmaids/groomsmen however really wanted to make the process special for them too. We both have a great group of friends and once we finally decided on who to ask we got planning gifts for them.

The gifts weren’t anything major but something just to say thanks and to put the cherry on the icing when we ask them.

Georgias Bridesmaids gifts

Our wedding colours are Blush and Blue so we wanted to incorporate this into our gifts somehow, the first item we were on the hunt for was the box.  We looked everywhere for something that isn’t the size of a fridge box and came across the perfect boxes in a shop we never thought of.  While we were looking for cards in Kiki K we spotted a box on special – they had 4 left and were all blush!!! To top it off we also found 4 “I pick you” cards in blush here too!

Bridesmaid gifts

Then we were on the hunt for the filler.. and managed to find some beautiful white thread type filling in the same $2.00 shop after looking in stores like spotlight and Kmart. We have some pretty good supermarkets that stock a great range of wines here in Christchurch, so the rosé was an easy find.

Bridesmaid giftsWhile thinking of what else we could fill it with we found Mor Lip balms at Redcurrent and had to have them, they looked like little macarons, so we brought macarons from J’aime les macarons as a wee treat on the day!

How I asked…

I had coffees and catchups with each bridesmaid individually, it was so special.

The girls just loved the boxes and we are so happy with how they turned out. (see product details here).


Shaydens Groomsmen gifts

We had found a few ideas on pinterest and one of them was a military type tin, it was by fluke that Kmart had just released new military type tins that were ideal.

Groomsman gifts

When hunting for the filler material we wanted a wood chip material and came across some in the same $2.00 shop that we got the bridesmaid filler from. The wood chip added such a masculine vibe to the boxes it was ideal!

The contents here were easy, some classy socks from Country Road, a bottle of whisky and some good old home grown chocolate from OCHO.

Groomsman gifts

The cards we wanted to go with the vibe of the tin so brought natural card stock from Spotlight and personalised them to each groomsman/best man.

Shaydens into adding a personalised touch so using Canva we designed personalised printables for the inside and glued them in.

How I asked…

I got all the boys together for brunch close to home for a catch up and asked them all there.  They were all chuffed and thinking suits already!

Groomsman gifts

You can buy the products mentioned here:


Mor lip balm
Box and card


Canva inserts