Reveal parties are the latest trends for baby showers and for engagement parties. I recently attended an engagement reveal party for this first time. I had, in the past, attended an engagement announcement party in which the parents sedately informed the crowd (after the tinkling of spoons on a wine glass) of the engagement and I have attended a party where the groom proposed to his bride to be as a surprise (on the knees and all), but never had I attended a reveal party until now.
How It Works
To get you to the event, you are invited to a ruse party of some kind. My invitation was to a BBQ with old friends. Surprise is an important component. The entire production is usually elaborate and expensive.
At some point, you will be informed of the engagement, but it will be an elaborate manner. The more extreme and the more unusual the delivery, the better. The event I attended included only those who would be members of the wedding party. If any more people had attended, the reveal would have been cost prohibitive.
Some ways it may happen:
An invitation taped to underneath your chair
A plastic vial embedded in a food that has the announcement inside
A cake with a facsimile of the wedding invitation on it
A treasure hunt with clues
A costume party with the couple dressed as a bride and groom
A video at the end of the night with the announcement
A karaoke with the song as the means for revealing
The Party I Attended
At the reveal party I attended, the surprise came at ice cream and cake time. Each of the cake slices had a silver ring, like a wedding band, embedded in the slice. But then, we were given new napkins for the desert. The napkins were large, floral linen ones. They had a bow of ribbon around it.
Once opened the napkin held an engraved save the date card, a sketch of what my maid of honor dress was to look like, two material swatches of the wedding colors, and a plane ticket to the destination-wedding locale.
The whole production can often involve as much planning and cost as much as the bridal shower or the wedding reception. But, the results and the memories captured from a reveal engagement party will last a lifetime.