Engagement Party Etiquette
~Bring Everyone Together In Style~
Engagement party etiquette is a fabulous way for the families
and friends of the bride and groom to come together and become
Typically the bride's
parents are the ones to host the party
. It is
their blessing to be the first ones to share the good news. However,
modern engagement party manners state that the bride and groom can host
their party, as well as any family or friend that wants to take it on.
However it is bad engagement party etiquette to ask the maid of honor
or the best man to host this party. Each of them will be quite busy
with the wedding preparations in the months to come
forget the bridal shower and bachelor parties that will take place
because of their efforts as well.
An engagement party is a great time to get both families together
and introduce each other. It is also a wonderful time to share with
those who will be involved in the wedding party and other close
As the bride and groom are coming from two entirely different worlds, introductions will be a necessity
This is very good engagement party etiquette. Use the following guide
for handling introductions flawlessly:
- Introduce your fiance to everyone that is invited that they
do not know.
- Good introduction etiquette will have you introduce the
woman or oldest person first.
- Use a the title of a guest, such as Dr.
- Don't be shy about introductions.
- Use a firm handshake. No one likes to shake hands with limp
- Make sure you give some background information about the
person you are introducing. This will give everyone something to talk
about as the party progresses.
- If you forget the person's name or do not know how to
pronounce it, be classy about it. Simply ask.
As for who you are inviting, it is proper wedding etiquette to invite
guests to the engagement party who will be attending the wedding as
well. Formal invitations can be sent to the guests, however they are not required
A simple phone call or email is definitely acceptable in this
The party itself can
range from formal to casual.
They can be held in a fancy
restaurant or in a backyard. It is completely up to the people hosting.
Typically engagement parties run along the lines of mingling, so
hosting it in a place that allows for this will make it a fun evening.
It is not
engagement etiquette for the guest to bring presents for the couple,
therefore they should not be accepted. If you do have a guest that
chooses to bring a gift, open it in private. Be sure to thank the guest
at the time and use good thank you note etiquette later.
Good wedding etiquette
starts with the engagement.
Using the engagement party to
announce and acquaint the families will get things started on the right
foot. Good engagement party etiquette will help you have fun in the