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She Said Yes! Your Essential Guide to Engagement Party Etiquette

She Said Yes! Your Essential Guide to Engagement Party Etiquette
The Siliconreview
31 January, 2020

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life. There's nothing better than celebrating new love and the promise of a beautiful life together.

One of the best ways to celebrate the couple's love is through an engagement party. If you'll be throwing or attending one this year, keep reading. We're about the reveal the top engagement party etiquette tips you need.

Throwing an Engagement Party

Hosting any type of party can be stressful. It's especially anxious-inducing throwing a once-in-a-lifetime shindig like an engagement party. Here are some tips on etiquette for an engagement party.

What is an Engagement Party?

The purpose of an engagement party is simple - to celebrate the couple. Sure, you can say congrats via social media, but there's nothing like getting together for a party in person.

Who Should Host the Event?

Traditional engagement party protocol is that the bride's parents would host the party. Modern times call for modern solutions, however, and nowadays anyone can throw the party.

It can be co-hosted by both sets of parents or put together by friends. Some couples may even choose to host the event themselves.

Do I Need to Send Formal Invitations?

Invitations can set the tone for the entire celebration.

If you're throwing a low-key backyard BBQ, you may not need invitations at all. You can send out a massage text message or create a Facebook event instead.

For formal affairs, we recommend splurging on engagement invitations. The invites will let your guests know the party will be a fancier event.

Who Gets an Invite?

Choosing who to invite can be tricky. The immediate and close extended family members from both sides should get an invite. Wedding party members should also get invites. 

Will Our Guests Expect Games?

Games are typically saved for the bridal shower. An engagement party should be more of a mixer, allowing families to mix perhaps for the first time. This is your chance to meet the close family members of both the bride and groom.

Engagement parties also allow bridal party members to meet and get to know one another.

Attending an Engagement Party

Are you nervous about attending your first engagement party? Here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the event.

What Should I Wear?

The attire you choose to wear to the event may depend upon the style of the party. You'll also want to consider the time of day that the party is being held.

For a low-key or early afternoon affair, opt for a casual outfit. Women may want to wear a nice skirt or dress pants and a blouse. Men can have dress pants and a button-up shirt.

For more formal or evening events, a fancier outfit may be necessary. These affairs call for the best dress-up clothes you have in your closet.

Should I Bring a Gift?

It is not mandatory to bring a gift. Many guests choose to bring one, anyway. If you decide to go that route, get something small or bringing a card instead.

If you're invited to the bridal shower, you can bring a more substantial gift then.

Engagement Party Etiquette Made Easy

Regardless of whether you're throwing or attending the event, our engagement party etiquette tips will make your life easier.

If you're planning the party, remember to breathe. The event is about the happy couple, not how great you are at throwing parties. If you're attending the party, be a gracious guest.

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