Post # 1
So FI and I are recently engaged, and my mom was going to throw us an engagement party. Only thing is, its going to be only my family and my friends.
He is from Scotland, and his entire family and all of his friends currently reside there. Would it be weird to have a party where the primary reason for said party is for the bride and groom’s family to meet?
I mostly see it as my entire family getting to meet him for the first time. Many of them have only heard about him, while fewer have met him over Skype or something. I want everyone to meet and get to know him before the wedding and I think its a great way to do it. But at the same time I wonder if an engagement party is the way to go about it.
Post # 3
@xSparr0w: Honestly, I really have no idea since we didn’t have an engagement party. I wasn’t aware that it was for the families to meet, I always assumed that was the rehearsal dinner… But this article really seemed to put it all together!
Post # 4
I never considered the engagement party to be when the families met. Then again, we all know each other already. However, my friends who got engaged back in September met in college, 6 hours from his immediate family, much further from the rest where as her family lived within an hours drive, furthest relative being 2 hours. Their engagement party had no family there. It was them, us, and a bunch of our friends at a karaoke bar singin love songs! What better way to celebrate an engagement!
Post # 5
Our engagement party was Saturday night, FI’s family mostly lives in Germany so he only had his parents, sister, grandma, an aunt, uncle and one cousin there while there were 40+ members of my family and some of my friends and his mum’s friends (none of his friends either) i was worried about the dynamic but it worked really well and was an amazing night, I say if you want one and he’s happy with it then go for it!
Post # 6
Do you have enough people do invite otherwise? If so I think it’s fine to have an engagement party.
Post # 7
@AlwaysSunny: Yeah my family is pretty huge. I dont want to overwelm him though. He has a very think accent, so hes hard to understand if you dont know him. And hes painfully shy, to be honest. But my family is very welcoming and fun, I dont think he should be uncomfortable for too long