Engagement Party Gift Etiquette

Engagement party gift etiquette is the best way to know if you should or should not bring a gift to this celebration. Sometimes it is hard to know, so read on....

An invitation to an engagement party means there are two very happy people, along with their families who would like you to celebrate their news with them. It is a wonderful time to be a part of. 

engagement party gift etiquetteEngagement party gift etiquette is not as cut and dry as many other gift etiquettes. With any wedding, there will be many opportunities for you to offer your gifts to the happy couple. There are times to bring a gift and there are times to leave the gift at home. It is very important to note, you do not need to bring a gift to an engagement party. This is a party you can attend without feeling like you are required to bring a gift, you can simply enjoy yourself. 

The Time To Not Bring A Gift

Believe it or not, there are many times that you would not bring a gift to an engagement party. Sometimes it is difficult to not present those hosting the party with a gift. A few reasons would include:
  • it is a surprise engagement party, meaning the couple are surprising their guests with the news of their engagement.
  • the couple has explicitly requested their guests to not bring gifts.
  • you are a member of the wedding party.
  • it simply does not fit into your budget.

The Time To Bring A Gift

With the not bringing gifts being said, there are a few occasions when a gift is acceptable to bring. It is a wonderful way to show your love and support to the couple as they start their journey together. A gift is appropriate if:
  • you have a very close bond with the bride or groom.
  • you truly want to offer something special to the couple.
  • it is a family tradition.
Engagement gifts should be something that is meaningful to the couple. The gifts should be tasteful, small and simple in nature. A few ideas are:
  • flowers
  • gift cards for things they can do together
  • movies and popcorn
  • picture frames
  • wedding planning items
  • books
When you are blessed enough to share an occasion such as this, it is good engagement party gift etiquette to bring a congratulatory card, whether you bring a gift or not. Take some time to express the happiness you feel for the couple. This should be give to the couple personally. A few moments will give them more than you know.

Engagement parties are a fantastic time to enjoy the event and company. The most important thing is that you are there. That is the best engagement gift etiquette you can show.

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