Post # 1
My Grandmother is throwing my Fiance and I an engagement party in about a week. I have asked for everyone to please not bring any gifts as our wedding is still over a year away.The whole reason I wanted to have an engagement party is because my Fiance family has not really had any interaction with my family, more specifically our mothers have never met. We just wanted a casual afternoon with family and close friends to spend some time with the two of us and celebrate this next step we are taking in our lives together. Also everywhere I have read it was stated that it is not a common practice for guest to bring gifts to an engagement party and it is especially tacky to open the gifts you do receive in front of everyone as you would not want to potentially single out any non gift giving guests.
I would like to know if any of you bees had an engagement party and weather or not your guest brought gifts.
Post # 4
I didn’t have an engagement party. But I, and most people in my circle, bring gifts when invited to one
Post # 5
Fiance parents threw us an engagement party about 13 months our from our wedding. They asked that we please start a small registry with moderately priced items (almost all less than $20.)
Some people didn’t bring us anything, but most people brought something…lots of champagne, and other small things, gift cards, etc. A few people got us things off of our registry.
People did what they wanted to do…I didn’t expect any gifts but most opted for small ones…wine, champagne, etc. We did not open gifts during the party.
Post # 6
Yes, all but I think 2 people gave us an gift at the engagement party. All giftcards or cash. No one brought physical gifts even though my Mother-In-Law wanted me to register before the party.
Post # 7
I had a small engagement party, mostly just so my family could meet FI’s family. The only person who gave us a gift was my grandmother, and it was wedding related supplies.
Post # 8
My engagement party is in two weeks and the hostess asked me to start a registry because her side of the family considers it like a couples’ shower. My friends/family won’t bring gifts because that isn’t how we roll.
Post # 9
We had an engagement party and honestly neither of us even thought about gifts, until people started emailing and asking what to get us. lol Almost everyone gave some sort of gift – mostly cash since we were in the Netherlands for the party and were going to be flying to the USA for the wedding and to live. BUT, for most of the people there, this was their opportunity to give us a gift since they weren’t going to be able to make it to the wedding.
Post # 10
We got a few gifts, but mostly cards with well wishes.
Post # 11
I had one, and nobody brought gifts, but I never knew that it was common to receive them! I didn’t expect any
Post # 12
I didn’t vote, but we had an engagement party and did not encourage gifts (no registry, people were told if they asked we just wanted them to come). We still received a small handful, ranging from a bottle of wine to some very nice candle holders.
Post # 13
I didn’t even know gifts were part of an engagement party… 🙂