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What is an engagement party?

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An engagement party is a celebration of a couple’s decision to get married. During the party, family and friends have the opportunity to congratulate the couple. The bride’s family usually throws the party.

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In the past, guests invited to an engagement party were unaware of the couple's engagement. During the gathering, the couple typically announced the engagement as a surprise. Today’s engagement parties are usually not as secretive, and guests are often fully aware they are attending a party to celebrate a couple’s future nuptials. The engagement party can be held anywhere. The party is typically held shortly after the engagement occurs.

During the party, family and friends of the bride and groom have a chance to meet. A couple can choose to hold two separate engagement parties with each set of parents acting as the hosts. Some couples do opt to host the parties themselves. Simple appetizers can be served to guests, or party hosts may choose to set up a large buffet table. Whoever is planning the party can decide if the party is going to be casual or formal. Invitations should be sent to friends and family well ahead of the engagement party, so RSVPs can be made.

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