Once you are officially engaged, the planning for your wedding begins and the first step is announcing your news to your friends and family. Many couples choose to send out announcements to family and friends rather than have an engagement party.
You should tell your parents, siblings and best friends that you are engaged right away. They can then share the excitement with you during this special time! Just be sure to tell them to not going spreading the news around everywhere.
Anyone who is invited to celebrate your engagement at an engagement party, bridal shower, or bachelorette party should also be invited to your wedding. This means that you should have a rough guest list made before sending out pre-wedding party invitations, lest you invite someone to your engagement party only to realize there is no room for them on the wedding guest list.
There are several varieties of announcements with traditional and contemporary styles. Each announcement can also be personalized to match your style and taste! If you are in a rush to get the news out, are more of a tech-savvy type, or have more contacts in your email inbox than you do in your address book!
If you choose to have an engagement party, there are a few key factors to remember. There is an old fashioned rule that the parents of the bride host the engagement party, but that is certainly not always the case and it isn't a hard and fast rule.
Engagement parties allow you to get together with family and friends and inform them of your happy decision at the same time. Plus, its another reason to celebrate with the ones you love! If you do have an engagement party, its a good rule of thumb to only invite people who you know you will invite to the wedding, too.
An important guideline to consider when planning the engagement party (as well as any invitations and announcements you send out) is that you should keep in line with the style you would like to have at your wedding. If you are having an extremely formal wedding, your engagement party or announcement should be similarly formal.