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Did your BFF just get engaged? Its time to start celebrating! First up on the pre-wedding party list: theengagement party. Whether its super formal or totally laid-back, theetiquettearound this first bash can be a little bit fuzzy, especially when it comes to whether or not youre supposed to bring a gift. We asked our experts to weigh in on whether youve got to celebrate the future Mr. and Mrs. with a present right off the bat.

Engagement partiesvary widely from couple to coupleand some might even have a few before they walk down the aisle. One person might lead his partner to a surprise engagement party as soon as hes popped the question, while another couple may opt for a more formal celebration hosted by their parents once the news has been spread. Anything from casual drinks at a bar to a cocktailreceptionwith waiters in white gloves goeswhich can add to the confusion.

The good news is, engagement gifts arenotrequired, no matter how fancy the celebration. Even if the pair has already set up theirregistry, that doesnt mean youve got to click buy before theyve even sent outinvitations. Oftentimes, close relatives and friends of the couple will show up with a gift, ranging from a book of wedding inspiration to a traditional wedding gift like a pretty frame or serving platter.

Nowadays, its common for guests to bring a gift to an engagement party, but its usually something small and sentimental. Dont feel pressured to give an elaborate or expensive gift. If you wish to bring a gift, you can, but bring it to the gathering itself. At the very least, you can bring a congratulatory card to leave for the couple, letting them know how happy you are and that youre excited to celebrate this milestone with them. Whether you bring a gift is totally up to you, but if youre worried about showing up empty-handed, consider something budget friendly like a bottle of wine or a pretty bouquet.

If you do decide to get agift for the couple, there is also some flexibility when it comes to how its delivered. You could send flowers or champagne to your friends as soon as you know theyre tying the knot or opt to wrap something and bring it with you to the engagement party.

See more:Whos Really Supposed to Pay for the Bachelorette Party?

And of course, gift or no gift, make sure you congratulate your friends in personand thank the host for having you!

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