(Closed) Polite way to ask for no gifts at an engagement party?

posted 12 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

This has been discussed on the boards before… I was surprised to find out that the majority of guests to engagement parties don’t actually bring presents! Usually a card & wine or something! Is it common in your circle to bring lots of presents?

The best way to get away from gifts is to do it word of mouth & hope the guests respect your wishes. Someone will always bring a gift though… 🙂

Post # 5
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1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My bestfriend and cousin threw us an engagement party and we didn’t want gifts.  So they simply put no gifts please.  No one but my mom brought a gift.  A few brought us cards.  I don’t think it bothered any of our friends and family to put that on their.  We had a great time.  Lots of good food/drinks and fun in the sun!  It was so laid back

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We recently had an engagement party and Fiance mom wanted it to be lavish. We said no, keep it casual (same idea with the family being invited).  So it was only cousins, aunts/uncles, g-parents and wedding party.  On the invite it stated Best Wishes Only.  Some people did bring us gifts but they were bottles of wine or a card with some money – nothing for us to open in front of others which is exactly what i wanted to avoid.

Best of luck. My advice is to let them know it’s a family gathering  – that’s it!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had an engagement party and only 1 couple brought a gift. A few people brought a bottle of champagne, but that was it! I think right now, with the costs that people will have to spend to attend the wedding itself, it doesnt really make sense for them to get an additional gift. We got a lot of cards in the mail though, but just not at our party.

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