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Do You Have to Have an Engagement Party?

May 8, 2018
By Wedding Spot

Engagement parties can be a divisive topic. To some, they’re an essential way to celebrate one of the happiest times of your life. To others? They’re just another expense.

Want to know if an engagement party is right for you and your betrothed? Keep reading!

Do you have to have an engagement party?

In the literal sense, no, of course not! But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. Here are five great reasons to celebrate your engagement with your closest friends and family.

1. Your loved ones offered.

Do your parents or other loved ones want to celebrate your engagement? Never turn down a favor! Traditionally the bride’s parents play host, but sometimes the groom’s parents or even friends of the couple might be eager to throw the party for you.

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2. You’re planning a small wedding.

If you’re going to be saying your “I do’s” in a far-flung locale or you’re hosting an intimate occasion in general, use the engagement party as an opportunity to loop everyone in on the celebration. This will help everyone feel included in the marriage festivities without compromising your vision of a close-knit wedding day.

3. You’re having a long engagement.

Expect to walk down the aisle in two years or more? Having an engagement party will help you and your loved ones kick off the festivities and keep the excitement building until your big day.

4. You seek a bridal shower alternative.

If you and your beloved consider yourselves a more progressive couple, an engagement party can be a fantastic way to enjoy a pre-wedding celebration without following traditional gender norms. However, it’s important to keep in mind that, unlike a jack-and-jill shower, you probably shouldn’t expect any gifts.

5. You want to enjoy the moment.

Sometimes announcing your engagement via phone call and social media just isn’t enough. Throwing an intimate get together -- whether it’s in your own backyard or at a beautiful venue -- gives you and your beloved a designated time to revel in this magical moment with your loved ones.

Ultimately, if you want to have an engagement party, just do it! It can be a great opportunity to bask in the bliss of your engagement while celebrating with your friends and family.

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The Wedding Spot blog is designed to help couples navigate every step of the wedding planning journey. From before the engagement to after you say “I do,” our goal is to give you the tips, ideas, and inspiration to prepare for your big day — and all that comes with it.