Engagement Party Etiquette

December 20, 2017

We always get a ton of questions about engagement parties and proper engagement party etiquette. Now that we are in engagement season, we are here to help with all of your questions! Keep reading to learn more about the gift-giving etiquette, who should throw the engagement party and other tips. 

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Do you Give a Gift?

Traditionally, you are not expected to bring a gift for the couple to the engagement party. If the party is at someone's house, we do suggest bringing a lovely hostess gift. Some people do like to bring a little something for the newly engaged. If you do want to bring something, bring something the couple can enjoy sooner rather than later. Maybe some champagne or a dinner out to celebrate. This party isn't a time to check for a registry or even ask the couple what they need; it is just a time to celebrate the couple and the excitement of the next few months.

Who to invited?

The engagement party is a time to celebrate with close friends and family. It isn't meant to be a time to include everyone who will be invited to the wedding, although those invited to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding. It is a smaller affair with those close to the couple.

What is engagement party dress etiquette?

Traditionally an engagement party is more of a formal affair. Men are in coats and women in cocktail party dresses. Most of the time, the dress will be dependant on the location of the party but even if it is at a house, expect it to be on the formal dressy side.

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Why even have an engagement party?

Some guest may think an engagement party seems redundant and unnecessary especially with all of the other wedding events coming up in the future. Fair. But the point of an engagement party is, first and foremost, to celebrate the recent engagement of the couple. The second point of the party is to introduce friends and families from both sides of the couple. It is a great introduction to each other as you all will be spending a lot of time together.

Who hosts the engagement party and when?

Traditionally the parents of the bride host the engagement party. However, that is indeed a tradition of the past. Today, anyone can hose the couple's engagement party. It could be other family members or friends of the couple. There is no rule; you can even throw your engagement party! The party should be within a few months of the engagement; otherwise, there is not much of a point in having an engagement celebration.

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