Having an engagement party is a good way to introduce
your fiance or fiancee to your family and friends. Today, in our
mobile society, the bride and groom may not live near family or old
friends. Therefore, having an engagement party is a quick way to
introduce a future spouse to a group of people at one time.The
following tips will help you have a successful party:
The parents of the either the bride or groom usually host the party,
though grandparents, an aunt and uncle, a close friend of the
parents, or a godparent may choose to host it instead. If both sets
of parents live in the same community and are acquainted, they might
co-host the party.
It is okay to have two engagement parties, each hosted by one set of
parents, if the parents of the bride and groom live in different
communities and have different friends. If both families live in the
same community, only one party is held and both sets of parents are
invited. However, only the friends of the hosting parents are
invited unless both sets of parents co-host the party.
The purpose of the party is to celebrate the engagement. Therefore,
the party should be held shortly after the engagement occurs and
several months before the wedding. If most of the guests don't yet
know about the engagement, the hosting parents might announce the
engagement at the party.
only close friends and family who are also friends of the bride or
groom, not just the parent's friends. Don't invite people that you
don't expect to invite to the wedding.
Keep the party simple and relaxed. You might have a barbeque or a
cocktail party without a pre-planned program and at which guests can
mingle and visit.
Gifts aren't usually given at engagement parties. If they are, it is
most often a bottle of wine or a wedding planning book for the
bride. The couple might accept any gifts that they receive, then put
them aside to be opened at a later time so that guests who didn't
bring anything don't feel awkward. Gifts of wine or food do not need
to be served at the party.
Having an engagement party is a way to officially
kick off the wedding planning process, so enjoy your time as you get
better acquainted with each other's families and friends.
Article Written By
Memory Makers Event Planning, LLC
Glenna Tooman is the owner of Memory Makers Event
Planning, LLC. She specializes in planning unique and personal
events while keeping the client's budget in mind. Glenna is an
internationally recognized authority on wedding and event planning.
She is also the author of a regional wedding guide "The Commonsense
Guide to Planning Your Wedding."
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