How To Host An Engagement Party

Sunday, April 10

Engagement Party

Photo by Esther Funk Photography

Engagements are very exciting, not only for the couple, but for family and friends; it’s a special event worth celebrating!

If hosting an engagement party is a new thing for you, here are some tips to help you out.


The Host. Traditionally, it has been the bride’s parents that host (and pay) the engagement party. However, like many other traditions, this has changed.  There are no set rules to hosting; anyone can host the party, even the couple! Either way, whoever is hosting should be prepared to absorb the cost.

Timing. It’s good to give the couple some time to breath, allowing the engagement to soak in a bit. But don’t wait too long, especially if they are planning for a wedding in the near future. Ideally, the earlier the better, within the first three months of the engagement before any save the date cards or invitations are sent out.

Guest List.  The purpose of an engagement party is to celebrate this exciting event with close friends and family. This is a great opportunity for families to be introduced to each other, if they haven’t already met. An intimate gathering would typically include the wedding party, if they have already been chosen, and the couples’ immediate family.  If you want to go big, invite all of their closest friends, but sure to not invite guests that won’t be invited to the wedding. Once the guest list is confirmed, determine the method of your invitation. If it’s a casual event, a phone call or e-vite is sufficient, but if it’s a formal sit-down affair, a paper invite would be more appropriate.


Photo by Esther Funk Photography

Be creative! Have fun with it by styling it with a theme that may reflect the couple. Think about the food they love, their style and personality; determine a way you can incorporate that into the decor, theme and/or food. There are so many ideas out there!  Be sure to communicate the details of the event to your guests so have an idea of what to wear. Eg. indoor vs outdoor, formal vs casual, etc.

Gifts. There is no obligation for guests to bring a gift to an engagement party; however, some guests may choose to bring one.  As a host, it is a good idea to place these gifts in a discreet location, so guests that didn’t bring a gift don’t feel uncomfortable.

Thinking of throwing an engagement party? Just remember, you are celebrating a special couple, so don’t sweat the small stuff! If you don’t have the time or need some assistance, no problem! There is an ‘easy’ button; contact Sharon Webb Events, and have all the details taken care of for you.

THERE’S MORE!! You may also be interested in SWE’s feature at Host Winnipeg’s “Host The Ultimate Engagement Party”