Post # 16
i’ve never heard that throwing your own engagement party is a faux pas–its not a gift-giving event so its fine to host. Perhaps you’re confusing it with bridal shower, which would be a faux-pas (in most regions, at least) to host as you’re expecting people to bring gifts?
Post # 17
amanda1988 : It might be different here in Australia – or at least, in my family/friend circles – we don’t tend to do Bridal Showers. We do an engagement, a hens/stag, and of course the wedding. So engagements are traditionally seen as gift-giving events.
Post # 18
ash101 : ah gotcha. Well since you asked for no presents I think its still fine. If someone insists on giving you something you at least were clearly not gift grabby 🙂