Having an Engagement Party? Don’t Do These 8 Things


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Your engagement party is the first of many celebrations that’ll be thrown in your honor in the months leading up to your Big Day, and as with all things wedding-related, it comes with its fair share of etiquette guidelines. We’re not talking hardcore rules here, but there are a few basic things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that both the party planning, and the party itself, go off without a hitch.

This quick list of eight engagement party don’ts pretty much has you covered, though we suspect you knew better than to commit some of these party fouls in the first place. (Inviting people you know won’t be invited to the wedding? An absolute no-no.)

We’re in complete agreement that you shouldn’t save your parents’ first meeting for the party (oof), forget to send out thank-you notes or make things too formal—but to the point about no gifts, we’ll also add this: If you don’t want any gifts at your engagement party, we suggest you hold off on registering altogether (in addition to marking “no gifts please” on your invites). That way the items on your registry aren’t even up for grabs yet, so you don’t have to worry about any early purchases.

Congrats and happy planning!

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