How to Throw an Engagement Party on a Budget

Let Them Know

For starters, tell the happy couple what you're up to. There's nothing wrong with letting the bride and groom in on your plans and asking for their input. Explain that you're on a budget, and find out what kind of party they'd like to have. Take note of what's really important to them. Don't blow all your cash on a fully stocked bar when they just want a nice lunch with family and friends.