Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Planning Tips | Announcing Your Engagement

What better way to officially announce your engagement than with a party? Engagement parties are not very common in my circle of friends. I've actually never attended one, but I secretly (or not so secretly...) would have liked one. My mom briefly talked about throwing one for us, but the timing wasn't right. While looking into engagement party tips, I found some info that was quite helpful for couples & their families. You can read the whole article here, but here is a brief snippet.

From The Knot, "Tradition has it that the bride's parents host the initial gathering, but the groom's parents can then throw their own party, or both sets can come together to host the fete. As you decide, here are five things the hosts should keep in mind:

1. Give the couple time to breathe
An impromptu family gathering the weekend after he proposed is the perfect opportunity to break out the vintage champagne, but don't schedule an all-out opulent affair during the engagement's first month.

2. Find out the size of the wedding that the couple has in mind
Everyone who is invited to the engagement party should ultimately be invited to the wedding.

3. Consider what will make the in-laws most comfortable
Since the engagement party custom was actually designed to help you start building bridges between the families, consider their style.

4. Suggest that the couple register beforehand
While traditionally guests have not brought presents to this function, increasing numbers do today, and it's only fair to provide guidance.

5. Remind yourself that there is still a wedding to throw
Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event.

[editor's note - this was originally posted on April 7, 2008]

(image from
The Knot)

3 lovely comment(s):

Amy Carroll Apr 7, 2008, 10:03:00 PM  

I adore engagement parties! We had one a few months after we got engaged and it was a fabulous party that got all of us ready and excited for the big event to come later that year. I highly recommend them! And don't forget to hire someone to capture all those fun memories for you ;)

(great post Aletha!!)

Victoria Pater Apr 8, 2008, 1:06:00 AM  

hey, throw me a party any time you wish, lady.

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and now I am going to bed because I just heard two gun shots in my ghetto neighborhood.

lil' Miss Cupcake Apr 8, 2008, 12:04:00 PM  

I think engagement parties are a great idea, especially if it is a long engagement!!

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