Wedding 101: Engagement Party

When is the right time to… have an Engagement Party?

I asked around about this, because I myself had my engagement party about a year and half before my wedding, but I’ve seen them occurring just a few months before the wedding too.

What I have found is that if you’re going to have an engagement party, it’s best to do it about a year before your wedding. Think of it as a way to sort of “kick off” your engagement. In a perfect world, I would suggest doing it soon after getting engaged so you’re REALLY celebrating… it could even be before you set a date! It’s also a good idea to have an engagement party if you’re planning on having a long engagement, hence the year prior to the wedding suggestion.

Planning your wedding in less than a year? Still go for the engagement party, as long as your wedding isn’t like 4 months away. If that’s the case, you have way too much work to do and you won’t necessarily have time for an extra party!

Who hosts the engagement party? Traditionally it’s the bride’s parents, but the party can also be hosted by the groom’s parents, your friends, or other family members. Engagement parties hosted by friends are always fun.

As for whether to even have an engagement party, that is entirely up to you, your fiance, your friends, your family, etc. But I will leave you with this little thought… EVERYONE loves a good party. 😉

Photo Source: Corey Potter Photography

So now how about you… have you had an engagement party? When did you have yours, and who hosted it? For those of you who haven’t had one yet and still have some time before your wedding, do you want to have an engagement party?

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