(Closed) Engagement party gift?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would just send them flowers with a sweet note or a bottle of wine. One of my FI’s aunts gave us a little money (like $20) but that was really it. Right after he proposed though, one of my bffs and bms gave me a little “wedding planner starter kit” she put together. It was a cute binder and three wedding magazines wrapped up in a big bow. I loved it! How about that idea?

Post # 4
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve only ever given cash for an engagement party.

Post # 5
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Since you are friends with the Bride, you could get something just for her. My Future Mother-In-Law gave me a Waterford ring holder for an engagement gift and I use it every single day.

Post # 6
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t register for our engagement party, and when asked, told people we just wanted their presence.  We received gifts from about 1/3 of guests as a result, varying from Tiffany champagne glasses, candle holders from local (expensive) store to a bottle of wine or champagne.  Because we told people not to worry about bringing gifts, we did not open presents at the party (we did not want to make anyone feel like they had to bring anything).  A few people had already given a gift when they heard we had gotten engaged such as a bottle of champagne or a wedding planner.

I’d say a card or some flowers would be a nice thought.  Just please…no bottles of champagne unless you know that they actually drink it!  (We don’t.)

Post # 7
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think you have to send a gift if you’re not attending but I like the idea of getting something specifically for the bride. The ring dish is a really cute idea.

No champagne or those glasses with e-rings painted all over them. I got so many of both.

Post # 9
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When I got engaged, one of my BMs (and my BF) gave me a gift bag with wedding magazines in it and a card, which was super nice and super helpful!

Beyond that, I just learned a week or so ago that we’re having an e-party in December courtesy of my mom. We don’t expect gifts, I’m thinking it’s going to be more a family party.

Post # 10
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I told my guests not to bring any gifts, but a few did bring cards with some cash in it.

And yay for South Jersey! Gotta represent!

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