Now that you’re engaged, the best way to tell everyone is with a party! Even though engagement parties are optional- it’s still a fun thing to do. If your relatives have not yet met your fiance an engagement party is a better place for them to meet than at the wedding itself. An engagement party is also a great way for either side of parents to show their support of your upcoming wedding, or it is a great way for you to pitch in to the wedding costs as a couple.
Usually an engagement party will take place within two months after the actual engagement. Of course, if you’re having a particularly long engagement period (a year or more) you may want to wait a couple months before getting your friends and family into the wedding spirit.
Generally for an engagement party you will want to invite only a couple dozen of your closest friends and family. The idea of closest should be taken both ways- you don’t want your aunt to fly in for one little party, so make sure you just invite those people who live close to you or close to the location of the party. Anyone who is left out of this party can receive an engagement announcement if you so wish.
Don’t expect any gifts at this particular party, those will come later. However, it is a good idea to get started on your registry before the party, just in case someone happens to want to get you a gift. Make sure that you do stash away any received gifts until after the party- you don’t want the guests who didn’t bring gifts to feel bad.
Whether you decide to have a party or not, just enjoy your engagement and let everyone know how happy and excited you are.