(Closed) Engagement Party…when to do it.

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Do it sooner than later!  You should be celebrating the engagement, which has already happened!  If you wait too long, you might as well not have an engagement party and just call it a wedding shower.  I’d say don’t wait past January.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got engaged in July 2008 and am getting married in August 2010. My mother threw us an engagement party in September 2009. Most of the engagement parties I have gone to have been within 6 months of the couple getting engaged, but I don’t think there is any rule.

How about having one right after the holiday season? March & April are usually pretty slow months.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re a long distance couple, so we’re having two. We had one when we got engaged and in January we’re having another one. My mother doesn’t want to be outdone. lol seriously.

I think if you’re having a longer engagement its totally acceptable to have a “mid” engagement party! It keeps your engagement in mind & people will be looking forward to your wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was just worry that some of your guests wouldn’t be able to make it in December or January. But it all depends on your family and friends. I think people would still be willing to celebrate 7-8 months out since it will still be more than a year before your wedding and shower I would think it would be okay.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’ve been engaged since the end of 2008, planning an Oct 2010 wedding.  Our engagement party was originally scheduled for Sept 09, but got moved to next weekend (Dec 09).  I think about.. seven to eight months out or more is a good timeline, because closer to that, it does get to be more about the wedding.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had an engagement party that we threw at our home and invited only people in the area who we knew we would invite to the wedding.  If you want to do one that requires people to travel, that’s fine too, but they will need plenty of notice!  Keep that in mind when planning.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you can do it whenever you want. We are doing a smaller, more intimate ceremony/after party so we are having 3, yes… 3 engagement parties. One for FI’s big family (both sides of his family can get along), one for my mother’s side of the family and one for my father’s side of the family (bio mom and dad are bitterly divorced so). Our engagement parties will all be the summer before our September wedding next year – BBQ style. Our families can bring their kids, wear jeans and have a comfortable, good time. We figure this will be a better overall idea – besides, whose kids like to dress up to go to adult events (weddings) where they are told to be quiet? Nobody’s. Hence, the engagement party idea (thanks Future Mother-In-Law – good call on that one).

Bella

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i understand why you’d want to do it sooner, and i agree with that, but we decided to do it a little later because we wanted my sister/moh to be able to be there. we got engaged if feb and we’re having our wedding exactly a year from our engagement. we had our engagement party the day after thanksgiving. people didn’t seem to mind that we had been engaged forever already, they were still happy to celebrate with us!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

 I got engaged on 12/17/09 and we had our engagement party on 08/1/09. Since we are not getting married until 1/22/2011, we thought it was just in the middle to have this party. I don’t think its any rule…its just do it, if you want to do it.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Not really related quite but:

Engaged June 25 2009

Engagement Party Dec 12, 2009  (5.5 months after engaged)

Wedding June 5, 2010 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We got engaged August 13, 2009, but because I have been so busy with nursing school and we are waiting to get married till March 12, 2011 so I will be done with school. My Maid/Matron of Honor and another bridesmaid said they want to host an engagement party for us August 13, 2010- it’ll let our bridal party all a chance to meet (2 of our bridal party members are in medical school out of the country and will be home in June)

One thing I love about weddings now-a-days is how it’s really up to you and what works for you. Hope yall get it all figured out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we got engaged Dec 29, 2008 and are getting married Oct. 2011… a very long engagement! My mom is throwing us an engagement party next week… (Dec 26th), almost 1 year later! I say have it when you want and when its convenient for your family ๐Ÿ™‚

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