Engagement parties are one of three main celebrations honoring the couple who will be married. The other two are a wedding shower and the wedding itself. There may also be a rehearsal dinner or after brunch right before and after the wedding. If you are invited to an engagement party, a shower for the couple and the wedding, the question of engagement party gifts begins to come up.
No guest is obligated to bring a gift to an engagement party. You're already gifting the couple twice so how many gifts should you have to bring? Is the engagement party invitation a reason to groan? No. A guest is not obligated to bring a gift to an engagement party. That being said, you can assume that many guests will bring a gift anyway. The best way to bring an engagement party gift is to give a small token gift at the engagement party.
What makes a good engagement party gift? Here are some criteria:
Be sure to include a card with something funny or heartfelt written in it. A memory of the two of them and a fun time, or thoughts of what makes them right for each other could really make them feel great and it doesn't cost more than the price of a card.
Expect engagement party gifts to be placed on a gift table during the party, and opened afterward so anyone not bringing a gift won't feel ashamed.
If you're looking for guidelines on engagement party etiquette, learn what to expect and how to make the event work.
If you feel like you can wake up next to your loved one for the rest of your life and have been together long enough to know the best and worst parts of one another, then a marriage proposal just might be the next step.