The 5 W’s of Planning an Engagement Party

The 5 W’s of Planning an Engagement Party

Many couples choose to have an engagement party even after the good news is Facebook official.  If you’re planning an engagement party, but have no idea where to begin, keep reading for the basic etiquette rules surrounding the event.




The engagement party is to congratulate the bride and groom to be in a personal setting. It can be held as a formal event with a full dinner or as casual as a backyard get together with passed appetizers and drinks. It’s all about what makes sense for the couple’s style and how they plan to celebrate. This is one of the more flexible events where gifts, formal paper invitations, and decor that matches your overall wedding theme are all completely optional.


Traditionally, the bride’s parents always hosted this event. Now, often times both the mothers of the bride and groom will plan it together unless someone like a close aunt or grandmother is wanting to host. Whoever you invite to this event, make sure you also invite them to the wedding. It’s considered “bad taste” to invite certain people to the engagement party and not to the wedding events.


The engagement party can be just about anywhere. Depending on who you plan to invite, will dictate the location of the venue. People hold engagement parties  in restaurants, hotels, backyards, private rooms in lounges – really anywhere you want!


Setting a date can be difficult sometimes because there’s a few other pre wedding events that also take place along with birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries. Most engagement parties take place between the proposal date and the date the wedding planning will begin. Anywhere from 1 – 3 months is usually a good rule of thumb.


Many people believe planning an engagement party is solely for the couple. It also has another very important purpose. The bride and groom can use this event to bring together family and friends and encourage them to mingle. This is especially a great way to have your closest friends and family meet if you’re planning to have them in the bridal party down the road!


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