Engagement parties are rising in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. These fun parties bring the couple’s close friends and family members together to celebrate their lifetime commitment and newfound happiness. Here are a few things you need to know about proper etiquette in the days leading up to your party, including whether or not you should offer engagement party favors and who you should request to host your party.
Most engagement parties are held approximately six months prior to the wedding celebration. This is ideal because it is close enough to your wedding celebration to be relevant, but it is not so close that it will get in the way of wedding plans.
In the past, engagement parties were almost always hosted by the parents of the bride. However, it has become acceptable for practically anyone to host the party, including siblings, friends or even the groom-to-be.
In addition to assisting with all of the party plans and making sure everything comes together smoothly, the host is responsible for helping guests feel comfortable and entertained. The host can also lead the party in a toast to the new couple if the father of the bride chooses not to do so.
Gifts are not traditionally exchanged at engagement parties, so if they are not required at your party, be sure to say so on your customized engagement party invitations. If you do wish to allow guests to bring gifts, make sure they are kept out of sight in another room so that they don’t cause discomfort to anyone who doesn’t bring gifts.