(Closed) What is an engagment party traditionally?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t have an engagement party, but I have been to a few. 

As far as I know, there will be no gifts for you guys (that’s saved for the wedding) so no need to register anywhere.

And to help your guest know that you didn’t throw the party your self, I may would probably have something that said who was hosting the party – maybe on the invites?


I think just friends and family gets invited….

Post # 5
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

An engagement party is traditionally thrown by the parents to announce to the guests the engagement and upcoming nuptials. It used to be mostly a surprise for the guests, so no gifts were given for something they presumably knew nothing about. Most of that has changed now, as it seems no one keeps the engagement much of a secret so that it gets ‘announced’.

Nowadays, I guess anyone can host one for the couple, and usually those invited are family members and close friends. I think people feel like they have to bring a gift if invited, but that is traditionally not what its all about.

Post # 6
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I see it an engagement party as a way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. While it used to be thrown by parents this doesn’t seem to be the case these days.

We had one and it was just us and our wedding party, that was all. We had dinner and played games and had a great time. It was a fun way to introduce our wedding party members to each other as well and has encouraged communication between them during the wedding planning process.


Post # 8
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Fiance and I had an engagement BBQ during the summer.  We invited our family and a few friends (mostly those involved in wedding).  No gifts were expected.  Just good food, drinks, and fun.

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