An engagement party is the beginning of an exciting time for the future bride and groom. They will chat with friends and family about their plans, enjoy champagne toasts and probably show off that gorgeous diamond ring. To ensure that all involved are happy, certain etiquette must be followed for a successful engagement bash.
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The parents of the bride are the traditional hosts of an engagement party. Neither the best man nor the maid of honour should host this party, as they will have other hosting duties in the future (the bridal shower, the stag party).
Not everyone who is invited to the wedding needs to be invited to the engagement party. However, everyone invited to the engagement party must also be invited to the wedding.
To start off the party, the bride's father should offer a toast to the couple. The couple does not raise their glasses while they are being toasted. The future groom should then toast his fiancée and her family.) Again, the future bride does not raise her glass.
Because the couple will be receiving gifts for the bridal shower as well as the wedding, engagement party gifts are not mandatory. The party hosts can always add "No gifts, please" to the invitation to put everyone at ease. However, if the couple do receive gifts at the party, they should open them privately, after the party.
Thank-you notes are always appropriate for gifts received. When a guest has taken the time to choose a gift and attend a party, the recipient can certainly find the time to send a written thank-you. Thank-you notes should be sent out within 10 days after the engagement party.
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