Engagement Party - Invite guests not invited to wedding?
Posted 09 March 2010 - 12:40 PM
I am having a small wedding but have a lot of friends and family who I would like to celebrate with at an engagement party. I have asked around to my wedding party (friends) and they think that everyone will understand that it is a small destination wedding and that it's fine. Of course, my mom thinks it is bad etiquette (etiquette smediquette) ..but I really do not want to be rude and offend anyone.
Would it be okay to invite others (we want a rather large engagement party) if we included a separate note with the invitation indicating something along the lines that we will be having a small destination wedding in Cancun on November 27th, etc. and to not bring gifts..?
Please advise if you have had similar parties/invitations and suggestions of the wording of the note! Thank you!
Posted 11 March 2010 - 03:00 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 12:06 AM
I think you should invite people you care about to both or neither. No halfsies.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:26 PM
..what if we put on there to not bring a gift to the party??
Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:05 AM
Also, even if you do say "no gifts please" most people will still bring something.
Hmm... Have you considered throwing a small, casual "reception" at home after your wedding? That would allow you to inform your engagement party guests that while you are having a small destination wedding with family, they can celebrate with you at home after you are wed. That might temper things a bit.
Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:34 AM
If it were up to us, it would just be the wedding and that's it. My fiance and I just want a small destination wedding and nothing else. We don't even want to register anywhere, have showers, etc.
However, his parents and my parents were pretty clear on the fact that they really want to do something for us either before or after the wedding, "to allow those who can't come to the Dominican for the wedding to celebrate with us and congratulate you". After much prodding we finally relented and agreed to their wishes. Although, I'm still a little "meh" on the whole thing as our families are in completely opposite areas of the country, so it looks like there will have to be two separate at-home parties, rather than the one we finally caved and agreed to. There will now be an an engagement party for my family before the wedding and an AHR with his family after the wedding.
Postage is pricey, printing is pricey, DIY invites are time consuming--all of those factors, plus the fact that we really only want very close family and friends at the wedding, led my fiance and I to quickly decide that we were only sending out invites to those who we're extremely close to, and/or those who expressed interest in the commitment to travel. All of that meant that we're only sending out 26 invitations.
Last night, as I was making out the mailing list for the invitations, for a brief moment I had this same thought--"will we offend anyone not getting an invitation to the wedding by inviting them to the engagement party?". My FI and I talked and were just like, "You know what? We're already bucking tradition by doing a destination wedding, so why do we have to obide by all the traditional etiquette items? Plus, the people who would be invited to the engagement party, and not the wedding, aren't as close to us anyway (extended family and friends), so if they don't understand would it really matter? We'll just explain that the wedding is small and if they don't get it, well we're sorry." In the end we decided to remember our mantra on this marriage from the beginning, "This marriage is about us, our love and lifetime commitment to each other. No one else. It's not about parties or events. It's about our love."
That's what is working for us. I hope you whatever you decide, you find peace in your decision as well. The most important thing is not to let worrying about all of these outlying factors stress out you and your fiance. Enjoy the ride.
Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:00 PM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:18 PM
"Mike & Beth are planning a small intimate wedding in Cancun over Thanksgiving weekend this year. Accordingly, we are honored to host their engagement party so that they are able to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with all of their family and friends.
We are overjoyed for the happy couple and hope that you are able to join us on this evening!"
No one seemed offended. It was a great party. Hope this helps!
Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:25 PM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:49 PM
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