Your friends are getting married – a very exciting time for the couple and their loved ones! In standard order, an engagement is usually followed by a engagement party celebration. Sometimes the couple arrange something simple and laid-back or it can be an elegant affair, but what are the rules as a guest? Do you have to bring a gift?
It can really vary from couple to couple, a different type of party, the possibilities are endless. Sometimes it can be a surprise party after the groom pops the question, or a formal occasion thrown by the parents, each and every engagement party can be different from the other.
So what’s the answer across the board? Engagement gifts aren’t required, but it is a lovely gesture if it’s someone close to you. In some cases the couple will have set up a registry or written on the invite that they will have a wishing well, you still don’t have to feel obliged to give a gift for this occasion.
If you do bring a gift, it doesn’t have to be a something elaborate, it’s often the small sentimental items that are most treasured by the couple. It is very common for couples to have lived together before being engaged, so the last thing they are wanting is another toaster or kettle.
It’s your decision, if you would like to bring a gift you’re more than welcome, but don’t feel pressured if it’s not in your budget. Being a wedding guest can become quite costly, especially before the day with all of the pre-wedding events – outfits, gifts, hens parties, bridal showers.. As long as you wish your loved ones well during this exciting time, you’ve done your best!