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Should you have an engagement party?

Not sure whether to have an engagement party? We bring you everything you need to know...

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Should you have an engagement party?
Get the champagne ready. Image: Getty Images

You’re engaged! Wahoo! So any excuse for a party should definitely be considered. But who should you invite to engagement party? Do you receive gifts and what are engagement parties actually for? We reveal all...

What is an engagement party for?
It’s a great excuse to get your closest friends and family together to celebrate your good news. You can show off your ring and get parents and bridal party mingling, so they’re not introducing themselves on the big day.

Who should we invite?
It may be early days, but it’s a good idea to only invite people who you intend to invite to the wedding (otherwise they may be slightly offended when they see the photos pop up on their Facebook feed). Opt for only close family (parents and siblings) and close friends otherwise things can quickly become too big to manage.

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When should we hold our engagement party?
Ideally you don’t want to throw your engagement party any later than three months after the proposal, otherwise the excitement may have died down a little. However, don’t feel you need to rush into it. Give yourselves a month to relax and enjoy breaking the news before party planning.

Do we have to provide food and drinks?
Let’s get one thing straight – this shouldn’t be another wedding. Hold back from spending on food and drinks otherwise there won’t be any funds left for the big day. If you want to buy a bottle or two to serve at the beginning of the night that’s lovely, but don’t feel you have to.

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Should we make a speech?
If you want to say a quick ‘thank you’ to your guests that’s great, but again, don’t feel you have to say anything. In all honesty, the speeches aren’t anyone’s favourite big day moment and no one will mind if you don’t say anything at the engagement party.

Will there be gifts?
Possibly, but don’t expect anything! Guests don’t have to give you gifts or cards so don’t be surprised if you leave empty-handed.

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