Engagement parties: Wise tradition than a wasteful expense? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your engagement party questions in our daily post.
See also: 64 Engagement Rings Under $5000
Do we have to have an engagement party?
You aren't required to have an engagement party, but it isn't a bad idea. Often it's the perfect opportunity to introduce parents and attendants to each other before the wedding. And don't think you're doomed to a stuffy cocktail party. Anything goes when it comes to engagement parties-from backyard barbecues to clam bakes-so make it as laid-back as you want.
More from Brides:
50 Genius Cost-Cutting Tips from Real Brides
The Most Flattering Wedding Dress for Your Body Type
29 Couples Share Their Adorable First Dance Songs
Sexy Lace Wedding Dresses