posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
4810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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ellethebee :  You don’t need to worry about any of the events listed.  The engagement party is traditionally thrown by the bride’s parents, the bridal shower and bachelorette will be thrown and planned by your bridesmaids/maid of honor, and the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s parents.   

Post # 3
1602 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I think it’s already a bit too late for an engagement party. Typically engagement parties celebrate the engagement, but you’ve already been engaged for 3 months. By July it will have been 5.

Usually someone will offer to throw you a shower. You may be involved with the planning if the host asks you to be. Showers usually happen within a few months of the wedding.

Your bridesmaids should talk to you about their plans for the bachelorette party and they may or may not ask for your input in the planning. Again, these usually happen within a few months of the wedding.

Your fiancé’s family would traditionally plan the rehearsal dinner. You can check with them to see if they are planning on that, and if not you could go ahead and plan that yourself. You could start planning it as early as you think you need to to reserve the venue/caterer or whatever other venues you think you need. Rehearsals run the gamut in terms of fanciness and expense. Some people host a pizza party at their home, some opt for a multi-course meal at a nice restaurant. It’s really up to the host to determine what kind of party they want to throw.

Post # 6
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I mean, you know you don’t actually need any of these events, right? They are by no means compulsory and I’d say most people don’t have all of them.

If you want an engagement party I agree you should do that ASAP. Like in the next few weeks. Your small gazebo bbq idea sounds really nice. A bachelorette can be quite close to the wedding, my friend had hers 2 days before so interstate friends could attend. Showers aren’t really a thing where I live so I don’t know about that, but I gather you shouldn’t be involved anyway. And a rehearsal dinner would obviously be held after you rehearse the ceremony, likely within a week of the wedding. 

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