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Engagement Party Planning Basics

Say you live in New York, but most of your family and friends live in Chicago: You may decide to have your party in your hometown, host it in your current locale or even throw two parties.

Whom to Invite Etiquette used to state that you weren't to invite anyone to the engagement party whom you weren't inviting to the wedding, case closed.

Engagement parties can now often include people who aren't invited to the wedding.

If your friends want to plan an informal party at a neighborhood bar and email the invites a few weeks before, it's totally fine to include people you aren't sure will end up making the wedding guest list.

If your parents' good friends want to host a cocktail party at their home in your honor, let your parents invite mutual friends and business associates you might not have room for at your wedding.

If you two or your parents are hosting, the old rule sticks: When the wedding hosts send the engagement party invitation, it's considered part of the official wedding parties and guests assume they're invited to the wedding too.

Then trim the engagement party list down to your wedding party, immediate family and closest friends.

Don't worry if you haven't settled on a color palette or don't have a wedding date in mind yet-your engagement party invitations don't have to match the rest of your stationery.

Make sure you have most of your wedding website done before the engagement party invitations are sent out so you can include the URL. The website is the easiest, and most subtle, way to spread word about your registry in case guests want to bring you a gift.

How to Set the Scene While of course it's fine for the décor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, like your invites, don't feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match.

If you're planning a formal ballroom wedding, go for a laid-back backyard party with vibrant colors and an outdoor setting to celebrate your engagement.
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