The bride said yes and now you have all these "what do I do next" swirling in your head. One of the first things on your mind is officially announcing it to your family and friends with a celebration. Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride's parents, but in reality, almost anyone can throw the engagement party.
Now, who should be invited? If the bride's parents are giving the party to formally declare the couple's engagement, their list may differ than if the couple is using the gathering as a simple celebration of their engagement and is tossing the occasion themselves.
Only nearby guests should be invited, as it is viewed as inconsiderate to anticipate that guests will travel from a distance to an engagement party when they will later be required to travel for the wedding. No one should be invited to the engagement party who isn't likewise going to be invited to the wedding. While a couple's plan and spending plan may change between the season of the engagement and the wedding, it is rude to welcome individuals to the engagement party who you know won't be on the wedding list of guests. If you aren't sure, choose not to invite them to the engagement party.
Regardless of the party hosts or purpose, below is a list of visitors that should be invited:
1. Parents of the couple, including divorced parents if conceivable
2. Close or important relatives, for example, grandparents
3. Close friends who might be requested to be in the bridal party
4. Significant colleagues (co-workers), neighbors, or friends who will be invited to the wedding.
Obviously, if you are working on a budget and your engagement party list tends to be out of hand, think about the possibility of smaller events. Plan a dinner for immediate family to announce your wedding. Then plan an informal dinner for the wedding party to invite them and let them get to know each other. Finally, think a drop in for any co-workers or friends that you want to meet your significant other prior to the wedding. Depending on the time of year, think about using holidays as ways to get everyone together.