(Closed) engagement party traditions?

posted 10 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

It can be a breakfast, as can be your actual wedding reception.  It is not customary to serve anything beyond cake and some beverage  My friend’s future Mother-In-Law was disgusted that she has a whole dinner!  (she said leave it to a yankee)  This party neednt be long.  Get any cake and mind you  that it is usually "taken up with the fingers" (No forks) and can even be served on napkins  and serve punch or tea.  Traditionally VERY extravagant engagement parties also serve ice cream in dishes with both a spoon and a fork.  You dont have to go that far though!  The entire ordeal need not last more than 2 hours.  You can have croquet or horseshoes if you have a yard and it isnt raining.  It can be hosted at your parent’s house or ANY close family friend’s.It would not be proper to use any rented hall or room.  Seating for 10-20% of the guests is sufficient. Just put a few extra chairs out.   Traditionally your FATHER should make a toast announcing your engagement with your mom at his side, beyond that you spend the rest of the time meeting and introducing people till they leave.  Tell your Future Mother-In-Law you are "so happy" she suggested or encouraged it!  

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