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Old 03-30-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Has more of a country feel; BBQ etc.

It's late afternoon; early evening.

Are gifts expected?

No bridal registry yet.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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If I was going to the party it would be to congratulate the couple on their upcoming nuptuals...I think I'd probably hold off on the gift giving until the marriage...simply because lots of people get engaged, but never end up married, or the engagement is sooooo long that the relationship falters and dies before a date is even set.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I seem to remember that gifts are not expected at an engagement party.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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Technically a gift is not required for an engagement party. The only people who would be expected to give a gift would be the immediate family of the bride and groom- and even then the gift goes to the bride only.

They don't have a bridal registry yet because that is usually associated with the bridal shower.

You can of course bring a small gift, but keep in mind you may be asked to the shower ( gift needed) and to the wedding ( another gift) and which point, after three gifts, you start feel enough is enough.

However, I suspect the bride expects a gift, in which case a good bottle of wine is plenty, or an inexpensive gift card to a restaurant, something along that line- keep the gift cost way down.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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I would but then I believe in always bringing gifts. Personally, I am not one for long engagements and believe these parties should be close to the actual wedding because like mentioned so many engagements break up.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile This is for one of my nieces

Wow, now I don't know what to do.

I'm sure they will get married once she graduates from college which I think is around June 2014.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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A bottle of wine is always in good taste! You can always do that. You can add two inexpensive wine glasses, if you would like to. Or a bottle of champagne . . .
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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No gift for an engagement party. Just a hearty congratulations. It's simply a celebration for the change of status in the couple's relationship.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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No gift is required. If inclined, you could bring a hostess gift to a party like bottle of wine or little basket of treats; some small token for the party.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Gifts may not be required( and IMO, shouldn't be), but at the engagement parties I've attended, people did bring them. OP, since it's for a relative, can you call another relative and see what they think?
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