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There's nothing quite like being the bride at an engagement party, when you're glowing and excited, but not yet worrying about the ins and outs of an upcoming wedding. While we encourage you to relish this moment, the thought of adding yet another party-planning task to your to-do list can seem like way too much to handle. Our experts weigh in on whether or not it's acceptable to skip this pre-wedding event.
He just put a ring on it 10 minutes ago, so how is it possible that your phone is already blowing up and a to-do list seems to be writing itself? Things start moving quickly after he pops the question, and it's easy to be swept up in the crazy whirlwind headed your way. That's why an engagement party is the perfect opportunity to pause and enjoy the moment before it passes you by.
That being said, don't let the responsibility of planning said party fall on your plate. At most, all you should do is hand over a guest list. You're already going to spend the next few months (or year!) organizing the ultimate party, so let someone close to you handle this one. Whether it is a formal affair, a small gathering of immediate family, or impromptu post-engagement drinks at your favorite bar, enjoy the celebration and that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that comes with teetering on the brink of big life changes.
If no one offers to host a bash in your honor, mark the occasion by taking your new fiancé out for a celebratory dinner to kick off the engagement. Spend an evening reminiscing about how you met and dreaming of luxurious honeymoon destinations. As you gear up for most upcoming conversations to be about table linens and floral decor, you'll be thankful to have had this opportunity to discuss nothing more than your excitement for the future.