Engagement Gift Guide
It’s no secret… Engagement Season is almost upon us! Each year, the majority of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. We suspect you’re already starting to see your newsfeed fill up with proposal photos and pretty rings—or maybe you’re the lucky new fiancée yourself!
Along with Engagement Season comes a flurry of celebratory festivities. Perhaps you’ve already been invited to attend an engagement party or two! But what is the etiquette surrounding these occasions? Who hosts? Should you bring a gift? How formal is the party? We’re here to help answer all your engagement party questions, and we’ve even included the perfect gift guide of presents the happy couple will actually want. Read on!
Engagement parties are traditional (especially here in Texas and across the South) within the first month or so of engagement. The party is an opportunity to introduce the bride’s and groom’s families to each other so they can get better acquainted before the big day. Plus, it’s a great excuse to pop that celebratory champagne! Traditionally, the parents of the bride would offer to host the occasion… but these days, it’s not uncommon for close friends or family members to throw the party.
How formal is the event? It depends on the host! They may host a formal dinner, an at-home soiree, or a casual backyard barbecue. Let the invitation be your cue for attire: if the invitation is formal, you should dress accordingly. When in doubt, feel free to ask the host/hostess when you RSVP.
Gifts are actually not required at an engagement party, according to traditional etiquette. However, we have to admit we’d feel a little awkward showing up empty-handed. Most guests do bring something for the happy couple—and we’d hate to be the odd one out. That being said, you don’t have to go overboard on an engagement gift. Something small but thoughtful is a great way to share your excitement!
Selecting an engagement gift can be tricky, especially since the newly engaged couple has probably not had a chance to build a wedding registry yet. Skip the kitchen appliances for now—it’s better to wait and see if those items land on the couple’s registry (they may already have that mixing bowl set at home!). And, if possible, avoid too much of the “Mr. & Mrs.” paraphernalia… while these can be super cute, they rarely serve a practical purpose after the wedding day.
We recommend taking a more practical approach, with gifts the couple will actually love—and will definitely use! Take a peek at our engagement gift guide:
Engagement Gift Guide
- The Mrs. Box: everyone is head-over-heels for these on-trend ring boxes… and we can see why! Any bride would love to receive one of these pretty velvet boxes in her signature color, with a monogram on top. It’s the perfect way to store her new sparkly gem, and it will look oh-so-amazing in details photos on the big day.
- Nail Salon Gift Certificate: we can’t tell you how many times people will ask to see a newly engaged bride’s hand! Everyone will be asking to see her new ring; she’ll definitely want to keep her nails prettily manicured throughout her engagement. A gift certificate to her favorite nail salon is both practical and pampering.
- Leather Catchall: the groom will also need a handy spot to store his wedding band, cufflinks, and watch. Gift a personalized leather catchall with a masculine monogram. It will be a much-appreciated storage spot for his accessories (and, though we doubt he cares too much, it would also look great in his getting-ready photos on the wedding day!).
- Personalized Cigar Tray: is he the type to enjoy a celebratory cigar? Give him a personalized wooden cigar tray in anticipation of the celebrations up ahead. Don’t forget to include a box of his favorite cigars along with it!
- Artifact Uprising Gift Card: trust us, this is a perfect gift for engaged couples! Artifact Uprising is our favorite resource for printing memories—in photo books, frames, calendars, and more. You can’t go wrong with their modern aesthetic and quality products. Give the engaged couple a gift certificate that they can use to frame engagement photos, print a wedding guest book, or create a modern wedding album after the big day.
- Blue Apron or HelloFresh: the bride- and groom-to-be will no doubt be busier than ever, now that wedding planning has ensued. Give them peace of mind and a week of home-cooked meals with a food delivery service like Blue Apron or HelloFresh! They’ll enjoy the time spent together cooking (hello, cozy at-home date night!), and won’t have to worry about grocery shopping or meal planning that week.
- Venue Artwork: have they selected a venue yet? If so, consider having custom artwork made, featuring the site of their future “I Do”s. There are countless illustrators out there who can help bring their venue to life in a 5″x7″ or 8″x10” art print. It will be a personal gift that the couple will absolutely love!
- Personalized Correspondence: the bride and groom will be writing a lot of thank you notes this year… help make this daunting task a little bit more fun with luxury correspondence featuring their new monogram. Pick a simple, classic, and timeless design that could work for wedding thank you notes, but will also serve the couple well for years to come.
- Travel Accessories: help stock the couple’s honeymoon bags with travel accessories. Select matching luggage tags, toiletry kits, or passport cases. They’ll be grateful for any of these items when they jet off in style as Mr. and Mrs!
Which one is right for your favorite engaged couple? We’d love to hear all about it! You can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas… and really, the most important gift is your support. Any engaged couple feels lucky to be surrounded by encouraging friends and family. Your shared excitement is truly the best gift of all!
Are you the lucky bride or groom? We’d love to help plan your special day!