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An engagement party is a party thrown to celebrate a couple's recent engagement and to help future wedding guests to get to know one another. Traditionally, the bride's parents host the engagement party, but many modern couples host their own celebration.[1]



Originally, engagement parties were normal parties at which a surprise announcement of the engagement was made by the father of the bride to his guests. The engagement party was to share the engagement news with family members and friends. Therefore, it was not a traditional gift-giving occasion, as none of the guests were supposed to be aware of the engagement until after their arrival.

In ancient Greece, an engagement party was a commercial transaction. It was essentially an oral contract, made between the man who gave the woman in marriage, usually her father, and the groom.[2] The bride was not present.[2]


Modern times

In modern times, engagement parties often celebrate a previously publicized engagement. Gifts are often given. A toast and speech, are often made. Other couples do not have an engagement party.

While it varies, an engagement party sometimes is thrown at the beginning of the wedding planning process. It is often thrown at the couple's home or the home of a close friend or relative of the couple. This kind of engagement party usually includes engagement party gifts for the couple which are similar to wedding gifts in that they are household goods which will help the couple start their life together, but are usually less expensive and less formal than the gifts a couple will receive at their wedding.


  1. ^ Glossary Terms for Wedding Stationery Retrieved on 2009-04-29
  2. ^ a b A perfect union? Marriage has seen many makeovers, Hartford Courant, Ron Grossman, February 29, 2004

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