Engagement Party Help!

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

yes, it requires invites.  Can be casual or fancy.  My parents did it at their house, we requested that NO presents be given just celebrate with us.  We did close friends and families so that the two sides can meet.  We did not invite anyone who will not be invited to the wedding (I think that would be rude).  We did not go over the top we had food, drinks, desserts and an overall good time!  I know a lot of people who have had catered events at resturants for their engagement parties though.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@Glorificous:  We hired a private area in a bar for an afternoon, paid for all the drinks, had some snacks available and provided cake. We emailed people pdf invitatons that we made ourselves, and didn’t invite anyone who I wouldn’t invite to the wedding. It was so much fun, and a totally reasonable price!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Usually someone else throws the party for you – but that could be different in your area than in mine.

Ours is going to be in someone’s home, I think a cocktail party with heavy apps. Its just for everyone that can make it to meet and get to know each other. In my circle, it is not a gift giving event.

Depending on the formality of the event, it could be paper invitations or if it is casual you could send out an email. I had a friend who emailed and hers was a really fun pizza and beer backyard event. Totally don’t invite anyone who isn’t invited to the wedding!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

What is the timeline usually? How far before the wedding?

Our friends want to throw us one in January, but we got engaged in April. Is that weird? Or ok?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I got engaged in October, and ours is in March. We have to travel for ours so we were kind of limited. It used to be where you announced the engagement but now it’s just more of a… celebration and chance for everyone (especially the wedding party) to get together.

January sounds fine!

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

we got engaged in late August and had our engagement party in October. We rented out the upper room of a private club that my aunt belongs to, they made ziti and roast beef sandwiches, there was a cash bar and we brought our own cake. It was a fun time. Unfortunately the party was mostly my family because most of his family lives on the opposite coast. But we invited family and friends (all of whom will be invited to the wedding) and we did not ask for gifts…because we really just wanted to have a get together with everyone. we also have an almost two year gap between the engagement and wedding so we thought a party would not be too many events in a short time. 

We bought blank invitations and filled them out with a pen and mailed them a few weeks before the party. Nothing too formal but it was a great time. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Glorificous:  we got engaged in october and had a party late november.  we made invites really cheaply on walgreens.com.  we rented out a private room at a popular resturaunt in our area and had a station-style cocktail party and a beer and wine drink package for a few hours, though I dont think guests would have been mad if it was a cash bar.  it was a great chance to get extended family members to meet as well as your bridal party if they dont know each other.

 

We also made some cute wall decorations (banner with our pic that said “the future mr. and mrs.) on walgreens.com.

 

i also got an “engaged” banner from etsy, and one of my fav pictures of FI and I is us kissing next to the “engaged” banner at our party

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