Engagement Party Basics

What is an engagement party?

Engagement is the period of time from a marriage proposal to the day of marriage. An engagement party is a party held to celebrate a couple’s recent engagement and to help future wedding guests to get to know one another. Also, the engagement party had the purpose of sharing the engagement news with family members and friends. Nowadays, it’s like other parties except that there are speeches and toasts made when announcing the upcoming wedding.

Who should throw an engagement party?

Traditionally, it’s the bride’s parents who host the engagement party. However, in our modern world today, couples themselves also host their own engagement party.

When should an engagement party take place?

Anytime before the wedding, an engagement party can be thrown. It actually depends on the couple. But usually, it takes place at the start of the process of planning a wedding.

Where can it be held?

Often times, an engagement party is held at the couple’s home or a home of their close friend or relative. No need to complicate the details because an engagement party is usually simpler than an after-wedding reception.

What activities can be done at an engagement party?

  • A toast is made during the announcement of the upcoming union of the couple. It is a tradition that we make to give respect and support for the new couple.
  • Speeches from both parties are also given to let the new couple share their thoughts and emotions. The parents of the bride and groom can also give their words of wisdom to their son or daughter.
  • Games are always welcome in a party. Funny engagement games help break the ice. It is expected that not all of the bride’s relatives know the relatives of the groom. At this stage, it can be awkward for them to mingle since it’s the first time they see each other. Games, therefore, are done to alleviate the barrier.
  • Intermission numbers are good ideas to entertain the guests as well. It could be a musical, dance, or anything, as long as it matches with the theme.

Who should be on the invitation list?

The old rule says that you only need to invite those you want to see in your wedding day, too. If you make the invitation list, be cautious enough to determine the important people that you want to see in your big day. You don’t want to miss any special person in your life, right?

Is bringing a gift appropriate?

It is not required to bring gifts in an engagement party. If there are some who would insist, they just need to keep it simple and little enough not to be noticed by others. In that way, other people won’t get uncomfortable that they haven’t brought one.