Setting the Engagement Party Date
An engagement party usually takes place within a couple months of the proposal. That said, if you’re planning to have a longer engagement, feel free to wait several months. Just make sure that your engagement party takes place closer to the time of your engagement than it does to your wedding date.
Compiling the Engagement Party Guest List
Anyone invited to your engagement party should ultimately be invited to your wedding, so the size of your engagement party guest list is really dependent upon your actual wedding day guest list. You might have as few as 10 or as many as upward of 100. When the host asks you to come up with a guest list, set it up so your closest family is first, followed by your best of friends, then go from there.
Engagement Party Invites
Your invites can be as simple or formal as you like, and really depend on the style and vibe you’re going for. A casual design is totally appropriate for a small gathering at home. If your parents are throwing an elegant dinner at the country club, you may want to look into sending out more formal invites. Get those invites out about a month in advance to give guests a good heads-up, or within four to six weeks if guests are from out of town.