My Fiance and I got engaged in December. We didn't have an engagement party yet because our friends and family are all very busy until the summer. We really want to have an engagement party though. Well we have already gone to a few family get-togethers, so we have pretty much announced our engagment to them. We were thinking about having an engagement party this summer for our friends. Like a barbeque or bonfire. Is this too tacky and informal? Also, is it rude to not invite our famliy? They all live in different states, and we don't think a lot of them would even want to come, especially the older crowd. And lastly, we won't be financially able to invite all of our friends to the wedding, which is part of the reason we want to have them all at an engagement party. Would this be rude? Will they all think they're invited to the wedding if we have this party?
Please give me advice! Thank you!