Post # 1
OK…. Me and my Fiance got engaged at the beach but waited a month in a half to tell everyone. We are moving from North Carolina to Pennsylvania next week. We are not getting married until 2014 and when I looked up most checklist they are 12months so when exactly do I have a engagement party?? We dont know if half of our family would show up because of the move so this a real dilemma for me.
Post # 3
i had mine this summer…our wedding isn’t till next fall.
Post # 4
I didn’t have an engagement party, and have never BEEN to an engagement party (I guess not really done in my region/social circle), so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I’d think if you’re going to have one it should be shortly after you annouce your engagment. I’d think it was extra weird to attend one that was like a year after an engagement just to be 12 months before the wedding.
If you can’t do it soon, I’d say that ship sailed…
Post # 5
I’ve been a bridesmaid about 4 times. I only remember attending one engagement party. Maybe 2. But I have been engaged 2 months. He still has not told his parents, so I don’t even know if we’re having one.
Post # 6
The offical definition of engagement party is a party thrown to celebrate a couples recent engagement. It is traditionally to share the engagement news (as historically the father would announce the engagement at a party).
Engagement parties are common here (in Australia) and are usually thrown with months of the engagement. To me anything outside of 6 months comes off as just throwing a party as an excuse for gifts unless there are outside factors such as deployment.
Post # 7
In Australia an engagement party is very common, I don’t think it is so common in the US. Anyway, here we normally throw the party within 3 months of engagement. You can get away with 4 months seeing as no one knew for a month. (of course you can get away with any period of time, this is just what is common)
Post # 8
Dont’t leave it too long to plan it or it may be a little strange?! I can’t wait to have an engagement party, seeing everyone meet each other and celebrate in our love but then again I am Aussie so maybe it is more popular down here?
Post # 9
Me and my fiancee got engaged last year possibly early this year (been a hectic year) but her sister got engaged before us. (we are a same sex couple) she is worried about having an engagement party cus it might take the attention off her sister but her sister is getting married next year…I think the time for our engagement party has passed…I would say have a party within a few months (Max 6) of the engagement…
Post # 10
I agree- do it sooner rather than later. It’s to announce/celebrate the engagement, so it should be pretty soon after.