Wedding Costs: Hosting the Engagement Party and Dinner for the Bridal Couple
A friend of the bridal couple is charged with hosting — and paying for — the engagement party
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The Wedding Guru says: The simple answer is that if you want to make sure that everyone understands the payment set-up, make it clear on your invitations, E-vites, or phone calls.
You should know that, as a general rule, it’s assumed that the person who does the inviting pays the bill. This is especially true for a “formal” party. If you’re simply gathering together a group of friends to mark the occasion, it’s easier for your guests to understand. If this is the case, include the cost of the dinner in the invitations, so there won’t be any surprises for them when they show up at the party. (You should also explain that you’ll pick up the tab for the newly engaged couple.)