(Closed) Hosting our own engagement "celebration"?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
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    TACKY!

    Go for it!

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  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I put on my own engagement dinner , I could have never assumed either of our families would.

    Post # 18
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I don’t see any issue with it. I’ve been to several engagement parties in the UK, and noone ever expects/expects to bring gifts, so that isn’t an issue!

    I don’t see anything wrong with hosting a get together celebration with friends and family.

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee

    Sod all this worrying about what others think! Why not, its a celebration. I had an ‘at home’ engagement party in Dubai. We supplied it all, asked for no gifts, but ppl brought cards and a few bottles of wine AND we had a pre-wedding event back in the UK for our familys a few months ago, all drinks and food paid for by us and again, we stated NO GIFTS, but a few ppl still brought cards and little things….so what….its a personal choice, its a celebration, we paid for it all, and ppl got a free piss up! Plus points all round.

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t think it is tacky at all, especially in your situation. It is always nice to get both families and the bridal party together before the planning begins and to celebrate your engagement. Some people do not want to put that burden on other people either, or ask someone else to host it, and that is completely understandable. I say go for it! Maybe if you want to ensure no gifts, make sure to tell everyone “Best Wishes Only”. 🙂 Good luck!

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee

    For those who said ‘tacky’, get over yourselves. I had such a relaxed beautiful day with family we havent seen in over two years, they did not pay anything aside from the cab fair there! It was a few hours out for a few drinks during the gorgeous English summer with ppl they love and care for,,,who would find that tacky :S?…I think it’s tacky to expect some one else to pay for it and organise it, UNLESS they really want to and can afford it. How can any one call the smiles on these ppls faces the result of being ‘tacky’…..hahahah…what ever :P.

     

     

     

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    i agree with the host it and provide everything.  I once went to one that was hosted by the bride and groom but they made it a potluck! 

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Fiance and i hosted our own, we rented out rhe back of a fancy restraunt, decorated with wedding colors, took all our guests on a sunset boat ride (his parents own a boat in the harbour), with champagne and nibbles, then to the restraunt for a banquet dinner.

    it was wonderful, and since both our parents and Maid/Matron of Honor helped with everything it was great for the families to get to know each other.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @rdownie1:  AMEN!

    GOD, I’m so sick of that word, Tacky. WHO CARES!? You have fun, right? That’s what matters? If people think you’re classless for hosting a celebration, those don’t seem like people you want to associate with anyway.

    To OP, we hosted our own engagement party. Honestly, the only reason I did it was because Fiance and I agreed on a 2.5 year engagement and the planning bug hit me hard. So I wanted to plan something.

    We had the most amazing and beautiful day. It was a beach BBQ/Potluck. We had music, bubbles, adult lemonade, and a beautiful engagement cake my good friend made for us.

    It was perfect. No one could ever tell me that would have been “tacky”. They can suck it.

     

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee

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    @JackiBean:  Here, here sister….sod the haters! lol

    Post # 26
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    If you want to get together with friends and throw a party, I say go for it.  Just don’t call it your engagement party.  Those are traditionally thrown by other people for you.  I think it’d be weird to call it that.  But by all means, have fun with your friends!

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