Kosher Engagement Party Venues
Why should you host an engagement party? With
a wedding coming up before long, it’s a good idea for everyone involved to meet
face to face. If your families don’t know one another well, an engagement party
can be a wonderful way for the two sides to meet or get better acquainted. Your
bridal party will appreciate the chance to socialize before the big day, too.
And of course, with so much joy in your lives, it’s only natural to want to
celebrate with family and friends!
Engagement Party Etiquette
There are as many ways to celebrate an
engagement as there are couples. Traditionally, the bride’s parents acted as
hosts, but today many couples organize their own celebration. If your intended’s
parents live in a different city than your own family, you may even opt to hold
The key to an engagement party is timing. You
don’t want the event to fall too close to the wedding, so generally it should
fall between the proposal and the beginning of serious wedding planning. You
will want to allow guests at least one month’s notice, so factor that into
account when booking a venue.
Conventional etiquette held that guests at an
engagement party should be limited to those who were also invited to the
wedding. However, with so many destination weddings and mobile brides and
grooms, you may feel free to disregard this guideline. In fact, inviting
friends not included on the wedding invitation list may be a great way to keep
them from feeling left out of your celebrations. Be sure to keep the invitations
for the engagement party simple. Formal invitations should be saved for the
Your engagement party can take any number of
forms. An afternoon cocktail party with hors d’œuvres or a buffet table is
popular. But you may want to opt for an evening event instead. Keep the
festivities informal; you don’t want to replicate wedding speeches or
traditions. This is a time to mix, mingle, and enjoy one another’s company.
Finding the Perfect Venue
When some or all of your guests keep kosher,
it’s important to find a venue with an excellent in-house kosher kitchen. As
befits the occasion, you’ll also want an elegant ambience, and a location
that’s fairly central. One of the best kosher engagement party venues in
Toronto is the beautifully restored Eglinton Grand at Eglinton Avenue West and
Avenue Road. Built in the 1930s as a luxurious movie palace, it was hailed as
the "Show Place of Toronto” at its 1936 opening, and won the 1937 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Bronze Medal. The elegant Art Deco interior was featured
sparkling chandeliers, marble statues, murals etched in glass, plush seating,
and richly woven fabrics. Now restored and re-imagined as an events venue, the
Eglinton Grand is the perfect place to celebrate.
The Grand has a large and varied menu, and is
renowned for its kosher cuisine. It features a large ballroom and a smaller
gallery space for more intimate gatherings. Despite the period furniture and
1930s glamour, the facilities at the Eglinton Grand are state of the art.
Professional and courteous staff will help to ensure that everything goes
Contact the Eglinton Grand venue today and
learn more about hosting your kosher engagement party.