Engagement and invitation etiquette

All about the etiquette involved when you finally pop the question and start to plan the biggest day of your life!

Getting engaged

Getting engaged is generally preceded by a proposal of marriage where the man traditionally asks the woman to marry him, although times are changing in this respect and the future bride could just as easily propose to her future groom!

In some countries, such as England, folklore says that a woman may only propose to a man once every four years on February 29th, during a leap year.

The typical way of “popping the question” is to get down on one knee and ask “Will you marry me?”, but many choose more imaginative ways of proposing. Why not use your imagination to surprise your husband or wife-to-be with a memorable proposal that he or she will never forget.

Future grooms may have already bought an engagement ring to surprise their future bride, but some men prefer to let the bride choose her own engagement ring.

engagedIn the US, it is considered courtesy for a future groom to ask the bride’s father or parents for their daughter’s hand in marriage, although this is generally only as an act or courtesy and respect.

The man and woman are now called “fiancées”, a word that originates from French. An engagement is often celebrated with an engagement party, typically hosted by the bride’s parents. Many people send cards and gifts to newly-engaged couples, but this mainly happens if they are holding a party.

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Save the date cards and invitations

US brides usually send their guests a “save the date” card once the wedding date has been set but before the venue and times have been agreed upon. This gives guests the chance to keep that date free from other commitments.

Formal invitations are usually sent to guests around one or two months before the wedding date.

It is considered polite to promptly accept or decline the invitation, offering congratulations to the happy couple.

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