Did you receive a very special ring over the holidays? Pick out your perfect engagement party invitation and let the colors and design inspire your celebration.
While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs, we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. Meet Etta, our expert in all things etiquette. She’s ready to delve into your every dilemma.
I have been to so many engagement parties and I am still not sure what the etiquette is for gifts. Do I need to bring a gift to the engagement party?
This is a tricky question but it usually depends. In the past, engagement gifts were not expected and this is still primarily the case. However, in many parts of the country this custom has changed almost into a “must.” It can be tricky since gift instructions are not included on the invitation so the best thing to do is check with the host. If the engaged couple is worried about their friends spending too much money they will often tell the host that they prefer “no gifts.” Also, some areas have different traditions so you can also check with a local wedding planner for more insight.
In the end, it is your decision on whether or not to give an engagement gift and depends on local customs, your relationship with the newly engaged couple, and even your budget. Keep in mind it is common for close friends and family member to bring a gift.
An engagement gift should really be a kindhearted gesture of affection and it doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. In addition, simple gifts such as a cookbook of their favorite cuisine or a nice bottle of wine are great engagement gifts. You can also bring a thoughtful engagement card and it can show just as much appreciation.
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While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs (aka the fun parts of wedding planning!) we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. So, we would like to formally introduce you to Etta, our new etiquette expert. She’s ready and happy to delve into your every etiquette dilemma.
I’m recently engaged and my friends are throwing an engagement bash for us. Should we register gifts for the engagement party?
Picking out your future home necessities is certainly one of the highlights of wedding planning… and it’s definitely acceptable to register as soon as you get engaged. However, it’s considered poor form to include registry information on any wedding correspondence other than your bridal shower invitation. If guests do bring gifts to the engagement soiree, as always, don’t forget to send thanks!
If you want to save all the bells and whistles for your wedding day, or maybe fancy just isn’t your style, then a casual engagment party is the way to go. We love playful touches like bunting and simple but sweet DIY decor elements for an intimate affair.
A country apple themed engagement party is ideal for the Fall season. For a charming touch, incorporate homemade accents such as classic pies, apple butter favors and rustic DIY decor.
Everybody knows that weddings aren’t cheap (to put it mildly). But the parties leading up to them can really add up for the guests. Gifts. Travel. Accommodations. Outfits. The list goes on. What do you think is too much? If the couple is having an out-of-town wedding is it too much to have a destination bachelorette party and expect people to come? Is bringing a gift for every event (engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and wedding) too much or just plain courtesy?
We are so intrigued to find out what you guys think… so, go ahead, rant or rave!