When attending an engagement party, always bring a gift. Otherwise, feel free to send a card when you hear a friend is engaged. It is always a thoughtful gesture to recognize the happy moments in someone else's life, and your friend will appreciate the mini-celebration.
If we're talking your childhood best friend with whom you still take a weekend girls trip every summer, you may want to consider a small gift. Trust us when we say to keep it small — like a ceramic dish for the ring or nice frame for a photo from the night he popped the question. As much as gift-giving gets exhausting, receiving so many significant presents at one junction in life is a little overwhelming. Particularly in the early stages of an engagement, a new bride loves to tell her engagement story, and not everyone is willing to listen, let alone gush over the gorgeous rock she's now sporting. Take her to lunch and let her be happy. Let her tell you all the details, and how he thought he nailed the surprise but she totally knew. Compliment her ring and share in her happiness over the impending nuptials.
Life gets really busy, really fast for someone who's newly engaged, and unfortunately, we don't always celebrate that wonderful moment in time when the ball is now rolling with full speed toward a life-altering event. Marking the engagement is a gift the bride will remember for years. Just be careful — you may wind up garnering a much bigger role in the wedding party than originally planned.