Post # 1
I’m curious how many people had engagement parties! It seems like they are becoming more and more common.
My dad wanted to throw us one, but it was too hectic and I started feeling bad about the state of the economy. Our engagement is less than a year and we got engaged right before Thanksgiving. Then it was Christmas, my new niece was born, and suddenly we were 9 months away from the wedding! I felt like people would feel like the would have to bring us gifts…then a shower gift…then a wedding gift…all under a year.
My friends threw us a little shindig though (lots of champagne and apps at someone’s home). It was great!
What about you? Did you have an engagement party? If not, do you wish you had one?
Post # 3
Ha ha. I can’t believe all thre votes so far were for "Sort of". Yet, that’s what I chose. I ad a family type engagement party my parents threw to get to know my husband’s family. I said "sort of" to that because the way I see some engagement parties these days, it more than a get to know the in’-laws party. So call my party what you will.
Post # 4
I didn’t think I would have one, my family just went out to dinner to celebrate a few days after I got engaged. But when the Fiance and I got back to Sydney, his parents wanted to throw us a huge bash. I’m not the most comfortable being the center of attention but how could I deny them a party?! It worked out well for us though because we were able to invite a lot of people we won’t be inviting to our small destination wedding. So they got a chance to celebrate with us and also won’t feel like they have to get us multiple gifts.
Post # 5
I also answered sort of
While I wouldn’t consider it a party, my FIL’s hosted a dinner for our immediate families to get together and celebrate our engagement. It was perfect. My best friend was in the process of planning a surprise engagment party for us, but my Fiance found out and nixed that. We just wanted to spend time with those who have been in our lives from the beginning to commemorate the uniting of our two families. It was perfect and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Post # 6
I chose "sort of" as well!! But now I kind of wish I chose yes! Part of my engagement … was a surprise engagement party!! My fiance threw the party for us! He proposed and told me that we couldnt call anyone until after we went to dinner just the two of us … but when we got to the restaraunt 25 of our family and friends were there waiting!! He had an open bar and chose a menu for our guests … then we went back to my parents beach house and the partied continued all night long — 22 people spent the night … so yes it was an engagement party but my fiance sort of threw it for us! 🙂
Post # 7
Our friends threw us a nice one. It was a very small group- but we had a lot of fun. Instead of presents, everyone brought a dish to share. Then the hostess got all the recipes and created a recipe book complete with pictures from the party! It was very sweet!
Post # 8
People have really good stories!
@Humarock – such a great proposal!
Post # 9
Nope, we didn’t have one. It would have been fun, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us.
Post # 10
We got engaged two years ago, but now that we’re at the 1-year countdown, we’re throwing a party! It’s nothing big, just P and I making white chicken chili and providing Rock Band, but it’ll be fun.
Post # 11
I would have loved one, since our families haven’t really met, but no one was interested in throwing one
Post # 12
Sort of: We got engaged during my fiance’s 2 week R&R from Iraq, and we just bought a house, so it was an Engagement Party, Housewarming Party, and Welcome Home party all rolled into one. It was also the DAY i got my engagement ring back from the jeweler in its brand new setting that we had picked out earlier that week. We went to Sam’s Club and made burgers for everyone and had sangria and beer. Our families met each other and a bunch of friends dropped by. It lasted until 11 or so in the evening! Low key and it was great! We got a few plants as gifts, but mostly my friends just brought cute cards! Nobody really bought us an engagement gift but we just sort of called people up and said "hey come over we’re having a bbq". People DID bring cakes and desserts over, so that was awesome!
Post # 13
My parents threw us one (at my urging). It was an opportunity for my husband’s parents to come up, congratulate us on the engagement and meet my extended family. It wasn’t anything fancy- just cake and coffee at my parents’ house.
Post # 14
Fiance surprised me with his visit and the engagement, since he lives so far away and comes out to visit so rarely, it would’ve been hard to plan.
But the weekend we got engaged he had called all of our friends out in Chicago and planned to meet for dinner the night after the engagement. It was sort of impromptu and was just dinner with about 8 friends…but I guess it counts as an engagement party!
Post # 15
We had a backyard BBQ with all of our friends and family. Very casual and fun. Perfect for us!
Post # 16
We didn’t have one 🙁 I would have liked to, but we had just moved to a new city and didn’t know a lot of people. Our families are separated by 300 miles (from each other and from us) and so having a party thrown by them wasn’t an option either. I was sort of bummed about it, it would have been a nice opportunity for everyone to meet an all, but not the end of the world, right? It’s a big enough deal to have everyone come to the wedding, so I’m focusing on that!