Who hosts the engagement party?

Sooner or Later?

Engagement parties are typically thrown within a few months of the proposal -- often a year or longer before the big day -- although couples planning on longer engagements may choose to hold off for a while.

Most engagement parties take place around six months before the wedding, usually after the engagement has been officially announced. Some traditional couples choose to reveal their engagement at the party, which was the original purpose of the event. But in our age of constant and obsessive communication, it's tough to keep an engagement a secret. And you try gathering all your friends and family together without clueing them in to what's really going on!

Luckily for the bride, that's not really your concern. While you're admiring the sparkle of your new diamond, someone else is worrying about flowers and catering. Find out who -- and how to get the kind of party you want on the next page.