(Closed) Engagement Party Guest List?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

The way we did it was to invite just the bridal party and some close family friends.  We have 150 on the invite list with 100-110 expected to come.  The engagement party ended up being about 20 people with 30 invited.

In my opinion you don’t want to make it too big because then people may begin to feel as though you’re having two weddings!

Post # 5
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It doesn’t really seem like a good criteria (inviting people because they MAY throw you a shower)

I would limit it to close family and close friends!

Post # 6
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours will probably be huge, because pretty much everyone that is invited to the wedding on FI’s side is invited, and a lot of them won’t travel for the wedding so they will come to the engagement party to celebrate with us. It’s more like a pre-wedding reception!

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009


We are having an engagement party next week!  We expect to have 30 – 50, with a total of somewhere between 130 – 160 invited to the wedding.  My friend wanted it to be 100+, but I vetoed that idea.  I think it should be a celebration of couple that is shared with close family and friends.  Your number sounds about right considering the total wedding guest count. 

I would just try to keep in mind that you don’t want it to be like the wedding, so try to do some fun things and maybe have a bride/groom trivia, etc. 

Have a great time!

Post # 8
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had our engagement party and it was very small and so lovely. It was FI’s family, and my family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters, that’s it. No one outside the immediate group.

Post # 9
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had our E-Party and just kept it at friends only.  I did this because I knew if I invited my parents friends, aunts/uncles, etc. that the numbers would be too much for the host.  I also decided that since we are having showers that I would invite the adults to the showers and give those a break that came to the e-party.

As it stands I’ll end up with 2 showers just for the adults and the girlfriends for the bach party.

Post # 10
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

we just had our engagement party and i took my bosses advice and made it a ‘young people’s party’ so basically it just included our friends who were able to come. the only people we invited outside of our friends were our parents and siblings. we have about 210 on the invite list and the party was right about 60. perfect number for us. 🙂


Post # 11
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

our engagement party is going to be huge. my mom’s throwing it, and she wanted to have it thanksgiving weekend because my sister/moh will be in town then. then she decided that since it’s thanksgiving weekend, a lot of families will be in town, so we’re even inviting people that aren’t invited to the wedding, even with all the fighting that i did against it. we’re not inviting out of town people, but i still wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the same amount of people that we have at the wedding.

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