Engagement party.. Is it too late to have one?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
6953 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@sabz3003:  I don’t think it’s too late. The point of an engagement party is usually so the families and friends can get to know each other, as well as celebrate your upcoming wedding. 

However, I’m pretty sure “No boxed presents” is a not so subtle way of asking for cash. So if you aren’t wanting it to look like a gift grab I would either not say anything or “no gifts, please”. 

Post # 4
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I personally think so but that’s just me I don’t think there is a specific time frame just a general rule of thumb where it doesn’t happen way late in the game.

Post # 5
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think with your wedding being over 6 months away, it’d be fine.  If you don’t want to call it an engagement party, you could always call it something else.  My husband and I did a save-the-date party instead.  We took the money that we would’ve had to spend on postage and had a casual backyard get together with family.


Post # 7
716 posts
Busy bee

It’s not too late, you still have over a year.

Do not mention anything about gifts.  People normally don’t register for an engagement party anyway.  People may give you a gift card or check but gifts are not expected.

Post # 9
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely not too late!

I wouldn’t mention anything about gifts either way, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling it an engagement party if that’s what you want.


Post # 10
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sabz3003:  It was really fun.  We did a potluck dessert/snack thing and we supplied the main course, cake and beverages.  Looking back, I’m really glad that we did it because my husband’s father passed before our wedding.  The party was a fun time for him to see all of the friends and family before he was too sick to see anyone.

Post # 11
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s not too late at all. Your wedding is a year away. 

Do it 🙂

We got engaged in April 2012 and had an engagement party in the fall. 

Post # 12
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

people don’t typically bring presents to an engagement party, if they do, it will be something small.

Post # 13
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@sabz3003:  We are having an engagement/pre wedding reception party so no way I dont think its late at all!

We got engaged in May 2012, will be getting married Feb 2014. Our E-Party thing will be in October 2013 (=

Post # 14
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

! I got engaged in Dec 2012 and am also getting married in 2014 🙂

My mom and Aunt are throwing us an engagement part in September. 

So thinkg you know what my opinion is 🙂

Post # 15
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I want to have one … i was under the impression that if his family and my family both could not be there you shouldn`t have it cause its for them to meet … but after reading this i got really pumped to plan one cuz ireally really really wanna celebrate with all my friends and people who are in town and could be there 

Post # 16
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do it! My FIs schedule is crazy and I have absolutely no idea when we will actually be able to have one but we are at some point regardless of long it’s been!

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