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Engagement Party: Etiquette Essentials

13 Tips for Shedding Before the WeddingThe melding of friends and family at your engagement party can be tricky territory. A breach of etiquette or a careless comment — from you or a guest, intentional or not — can set the stage for hurt feelings to fester. Here’s our top etiquette tips for planning an engagement party that will pave the way for stronger — not strained — relationships.

Invite Right

Don’t invite anyone who’s not invited to the wedding, but don’t feel pressure to include everyone who’s invited, either. The engagement party is a more intimate affair than your wedding, and it’s nice to keep it small, especially if your families are meeting for the first time. Don’t feel guilty about not inviting your work chums and certainly nix exes from the list! Consider making it a family-only affair — or doing two parties, one with family and one with friends — to maximise your time with each group.

Extend The Peace

Does someones have reservations about your fiance? Invite them on one condition: That they join the party with an open mind. Tell any naysayers that you value their friendship and that their presence would mean a lot to you, but that you understand if they must decline for personal reasons. Hopefully they can put aside their feelings and focus on your happiness for a few hours.

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Gifts are optional at an engagement party, but it’s smart to start a bridal registry for a few items in case people ask family or friends what they can get you (never tell people where you are registered or what you want). If you feel awkward about the gift issue, write on invites, “Your presence is your present!” People will feel let off the hook, but are still free to get you a present if they want to.

Stash Gifts

When people bring gifts, thank them profusely and ask whether they would mind if you opened them after the party. If someone insists you open their gift on the spot, do so away from other guests so that you don’t guilt-trip partygoers who did not come bearing gifts. Send a short thank you note that mentions the gift as soon as possible after the party.

Pay To Play

If you’re hosting your own party at a restaurant, don’t ask guests to cough up cash contributions: If you’re doing the inviting, then it’s your responsibility to foot the bill. If dinner is too expensive, consider a tea party or happy hour instead.

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For me

by --timeline--

-Save the Date: about 6 mo. before wedding
-Invitations: 9 weeks before wedding (slightly early... etiquette says 6-8 weeks, but I was going out of town for a week)
-RSVP due date: 3 weeks before wedding
-Bridal Party (not shower, though people brought gifts): 7 weeks
-Bachelorette party: ?? if I have one, perhaps 2 weeks before
No engagement party for me.

Engagement parties  — Iowa State Daily
If it is a fancy venue, then it may be appropriate to have a black-tie event, but if it is a casual venue, it is not necessary to wear something so fancy as a ball-gown or a tuxedo.

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