Engagement Party etiquette: gifts
This is the only party where there are no gifts for the couple, but there may be people who already know they will not be able to attend to the wedding but want to express their love to the couple with a gift. And there is always a favourite cousin or friend who will be thrilled about your engagement and will bring you a small gift just to remind you of their love to you. Of course you can place a sentence on your engagement party invitations, saying that their presence is already a gift, but you may still receive gifts for your engagement party, and it’s perfectly ok and polite to put them in another room to open later, because opening them in front of everyone would not be fair for guests who didn’t bring gifts. Later on you must remember send thank you cards for presents and don’t forget to make a call or visit your godmother who has showered you with gifts since you were born
Why is the engagement party without gifts? Simple, because on proposal a future bride gets a nice shiny engagement ring to show off and with it she is getting a man who is willing to give her everything else for a lifetime including his love J and the only person who should be gifted on the engagement party is the future groom… now it’s time for his fiancé to express her acceptance of his love and to show him that her heart belongs to him, that’s why this is not necessary for an expensive gift, but with a dedicated carving this gift is for a lifetime.