Engagement Season is Upon us which means one thing – Engagement Parties!
Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to celebrate!
The engagement party is typically held for several reasons. It’s to introduce the couple’s family, celebrate the couple’s big step in life and to help the wedding party get familiar with one another. These days with social media at the touch of our fingers, engagements are known hours after a proposal. This doesn’t mean that the event shouldn’t be celebrated though! Below you can find all the answers to your burning questions about engagement parties and the invitations.
Engagement Party Etiquette
Who hosts the engagement party?
Traditionally, the bride’s parents are responsible for hosting the party. It is not uncommon for the groom’s parents or friends of the couple to help with the planning though.
When should the party be thrown?
Since this party is to celebrate the newly engaged couple, the party doesn’t need to be any later than three months after the engagement. This way the news still seems fresh to everyone. The party can be thrown quickly after the engagement, it just depends how much time the host needs to prepare.
Where should the party take place?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. Traditionally the party is held at the bride’s parent’s house but can be held other places – groom’s parent’s house, local park, restaurant, church. The host should keep in mind both families. One family may be more laid back than another. You want to make sure both families feel comfortable. Hosting the party at a 5 course restaurant may not be the best idea if the groom’s parents ride Harleys every weekend.
Who should be invited to the party?
Both families (of the groom and bride) should be invited to the celebration. Generally, people who are invited to the engagement party need to be on the guest list for the wedding. You don’t want anyone who was invited to the engagement party to wonder what they did at the party to not be invited to the wedding. There is an exception to this rule. Many people are having small, intimate ceremonies or having a destination wedding. In these cases, most couples only invite their closest friends and family members. If this is your case make sure to inform the guest of your wedding plans so they don’t feel left out.
Should gifts be expected at the party?
Even though guests aren’t expected to bring gifts, there are going to be some who come bearing them anyways. It’s the nature of celebrating a wedding. It is a good idea to have the couple do a simple registry with non-expensive items on it so if guests want to bring a gift they will have an idea of what to get. Also, if they do bring gifts, set them aside and open them after the party. Always remember to send thank-you notes too!
Should food be served at the party?
Serving food will be determined on where the party is held and what time of day it is. If you host the party at a restaurant, a meal will be expected from guests. If you have the party at 2 in the afternoon at a park, a meal isn’t going to be expected but finger foods and drinks may be a nice thing to provide. If the party starts at 8 o’clock in the evening, guests will assume this is a cocktail party and drinks and appetizers will be expected. You can make this known by creatively wording your invitation.
Engagement Party Invitations
What should be included on the invitations?
- Host’s name
- RSVP information
- Name of individuals getting married
- Directions (if not commonly known)
When should I order the invitations?
You should order the invitations with enough time to mail to the guests and give them time to plan their schedules accordingly. Knowing that this is an event that doesn’t give much time for planning, order them as soon as you know the details of the party.
When should people receive their invitations?
It is ideal for the guests to receive their invitations at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the party. Again, knowing this is a party that doesn’t give much time for planning, your guests will be understanding of less notice. Letting the guests know you are planning an engagement party and to be expecting an invitation would be helpful for them.
What should the invitations look like?
The invitation should go along with the theme of the party you are throwing. If you are having a backyard BBQ the invitation shouldn’t be bedazzled with sparkles and elegant writing. Below are some examples of engagement party invitations and the theme they follow.
Casual Engagement Party
Modern Engagement Party
Semi-Formal Engagement Party
Elegant Engagement Party
Holiday Themed Engagement Party
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