posted 11 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our engagement party was a surprise sprung on us. Since everyone and their dog knew Fiance was going to propose (for at least a week or two) our family and friends made t-shirts and all and drug us out for the night. 

If you want to host/plan one, I’d host a nice dinner or potluck at your house or his (or a restaurant if space is small). I don’t know that you’d even have to announce it as a ‘party’ if your goal is really just to get together both of your families and the friends. 

Post # 4
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My engagement party was s surprise. It was a nice dinner at a cute Italian restaurant near my house and then out to a bar afterwards. My fiance is Australian so we never get to do anything with both of our families together so we’ll have another engagement party in Australia in a few months. I’m pretty sure that one will be an afternoon/backyard soiree

Post # 5
1630 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My Maid/Matron of Honor threw us one. It was Hawaiian themed. We invited friends and family, had good food, and played some fun engagement games!

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I threw an engagement party for my brother’s wife when they got married.   We asked his wife to provide a list of people that she wanted to be there and had my family join too.   It was held at my parent’s house and I had it catered.   You should not have to worry about throwing an engagement party, I think it was expected that my family was supposed to throw one for her family.   It looks like my FI’s family is throwing one for me now.

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a get together that was later coined “engagment party”, but really it was just a dinner with lots of friends and lots of drinks 🙂 We dressed up and had a good time!

Post # 8
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We self hosted an evening at a local resteraunt and invited the older people who we knew wouldnt be able to fly to Vegas, as well as friends.  Folks did bring a few presents but mostly we wanted folks to share the fact we had made the next step in our life.


Post # 9
3674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My mom threw our engagement party for us. We had it at the campground that we got engaged at. It was very laid back, a BBQ, and pretty huge b/c it was thanksgiving weekend so we invited lots of people who were in town for the weekend.

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Generally, it’s not a great idea to throw your own engagement party.  I would wait for someone to offer to throw one for you.  That way, you don’t have to worry about any of the planning at all!!

Post # 11
4 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

We didn’t want to have a ‘normal’ engagement party because we both have so many friends/family the guest list (cut down!) came to over 150 people.  It would have cost us a fortune. So instead, we decided to take both our IMMEDIATE family members to our favourite restaurant, a little italian restaurant that does a deal for $40 per person. (we paid of course). We had 12 people so they gave us their small function room which fit us all at a long dinner table perfectly. It was a great, very memorable night, and because our families have never met before, they hit it off because there wasn’t 150 other people to mingle with at the same time! Plus we could concentrate on spending the time with our families which is very rare.

It only cost us $480(AUD)for food, and drinks came to about $300.   

Closer to the wedding, we will do a similar thing for our bridal party so they can all meet (which is 10 people including ourselves).  

It was a little bit different, but we thought it was perfect because now we don’t feel guilty that we had to cut down a 150 people guest list – and we can spend more on our wedding and honeymoon now!   

Post # 12
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have just become engaged!!! Yippee!!!!  We are not planning on getting married till summer of 2012.  Where is the right time to have teh engagement party?  Right away closer to the wedding?  Thanks Hive

Post # 13
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Jessica2219: The proper time to have the engagement party is with 3-4 months following the proposal. Etiquette dictates that you don’t invite anyone that won’t be invited to the wedding but we are doing so because our wedding will be family only and explaining that to people when they ask.

Post # 14
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My future B-I-L is throwing us one at a restaurant/bar, we will have apps/beer/wine, people can mingle in and out – it’s 5-9pm, then we are taking our close friends and going out for the night!

Post # 15
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We did an Engagement Picnic at the Park to introduce our families!

Finger Foods, Cupcakes, KickBall, VolleyBall, I even got a photographer to capture the day for us! It was great!! 

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