(Closed) Engagement Party

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i had mine this summer…our wedding isn’t till next fall.

Post # 4
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

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
9228 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
3636 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
66 posts
Worker bee

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
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I agree- do it sooner rather than later. It’s to announce/celebrate the engagement, so it should be pretty soon after.

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