Now that engagement season has come and gone, chances are that you or someone you know now has a ring. Whether it be yourself, your fiance, your child, a family member, or a friend, you may be wanting (or needing) to host an engagement party!
So, what exactly is an engagement party?
An engagement party is a celebration of a couple who is newly engaged. It’s a bit different from a wedding shower and is usually a fun and casual way to commemorate a couple’s decision to spend their lives together!
Who Hosts an Engagement Party?
These parties are traditionally hosted by the parents of the newly engaged couple, but in recent years it is perfectly acceptable for anyone who knows and loves the couple to throw one. Even the couple themselves can throw one. It is also perfectly normal to have more than one engagement party.
When do engagement parties happen?
Normally engagement parties happen around a month or so after the couple gets engaged, but doing one sooner or later could work too! We’ve seen some cute surprise engagement parties that happen very soon after the groom popped the question. If the party isn’t going to be a surprise, then ask the bride when she would like to have the celebration.
Tea unboxed says “Generally speaking, the engagement party should occur up to 3 months after the engagement. Or to keep it simple, it can and should be held as soon as the couple decides to tie the knot.”
It’s best not to wait forever to have an engagement party as there are many other parties that will be happening as you get closer to the wedding date (wedding showers, bridal showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties, etc).
Are Engagement Parties Different from a Wedding Shower?
While these two parties definitely have similarities, they are also different celebrations.
One major difference is that no gifts are expected at engagement parties. The couple probably has not had time to begin their registry (especially if the engagement was very recent).
Engagement parties also tend to be more casual than wedding showers. It just gives guests the opportunity to celebrate the couple in their decision to spend their lives together. It is also a great opportunity for the different families or friends to meet each other if they haven’t already.
If the parents of the couple have not met each other yet, an engagement party is not the play to do so. Take this pro tip from Brides.com: “At an engagement party, the atmosphere [for the parents to meet] isn’t going to be right. Your parents’ first meeting should give them a chance to really talk and get to know each other in an intimate setting.”
Who To Invite To An Engagement Party
Whenever you are planning any celebration for a wedding, the guest list should always be consistent. Do not invite anyone to an engagement party or wedding shower if they are not going to be invited to the wedding. Work with the couple on the guestlist before inviting people. If the engagement party is a surprise, talk to the parents of the couple or the groom about who to invite.
Who Pays For The Engagement Party?
Whoever is hosting the engagement party will pay for the engagement party. This means if the bride and groom are hosting, they will pay for it. If the parents or a best friend is hosting it, then they will pay for it.
Hopefully, this article gave a bit more understanding into what an engagement party is, who to invite when to have it, and more! Are you planning an engagement party soon? Stay on the lookout for our Garden Engagement Party article!
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