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Etiquette of an Engagement Party
Engagement parties are delightful ways of announcing the good news of an engagement. Depending on your circle of friends and family, an engagement party could stem from a casual event to a fully formal function, more than often however an engagement part is more casual and relaxed. This presents an atmosphere for loose fun and interaction.

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Etiquette of an Engagement Party

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Engagement parties are delightful ways of announcing the good news of an engagement. Depending on your circle of friends and family, an engagement party could stem from a casual event to a fully formal function, more than often however an engagement part is more casual and relaxed. This presents an atmosphere for loose fun and interaction.

The engagement party guest list could vary from family, friends closely knit or otherwise who may or may not attend the wedding. Here are some general guidelines that may assist you with planning or understanding a bit more about engagement parties and what may be involved in throwing one.

What type of party is proper?
Deciding on what type of party is proper is determined by the attending audience and the extent of which you would like to celebration. The engagement party is more often a cocktail party or dinner.

Who will host the engagement party?
Anyone close enough to the couple may host an engagement party. There are no specific rules on this topic as the engagement party is more than often a casual event where the attending group interacts and shares conversation related to or from the wedding date or expected date. It is common however that the brides parent take the role of hosting the engagement party.

Who should be invited to an engagement party?
Most engagement parties are attended by relatives and close friends of both families, you may however invite anyone you choose. It is a usual practice that invited guests to the engagement party are those people that take priority as wedding guests.

Who makes the announcement of the engagement?
The party host usually takes on this role and is usually the father of the bride or the person that will more than likely be giving her away at the ceremony. This person would make the engagement official by proposing a toast to the couple soon after all the guests have assembled and is attentive.

Are gifts obligatory for engagement parties?
Engagement party gifts are not obligatory at the event and are usually not expected from casually invited friends or acquaintances. Engagement parties are however becoming more accustomed to receiving gifts from the couples family and close friends. If the couple should decide it not necessary to burden anyone with the expense of purchasing a gift, they would announce the engagement as a surprise. Having a celebration after this approach would leave room for comfort to the attending guests that should no longer feel obligated to bringing along a gift.

At the engagement party there may be guests that will still bring along engagement gifts. It would be best that these gifts be kept unopened and separated from the event to prevent discomfort to the other attending guests. It would be show of good measure for those closest to the couple who finds a need to bring a gift do so in private away from onlookers that are attending. For those attending a function and is still not sure about whether to bring along a gift or not; Ask the event host of the party for an insight to help in determining the answer. If the function is held with the majority of guests producing gifts, it is customary that the couple thanks them in person and does a follow up thank-you note as a show of appreciation.

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