My fiance & I have been engaged since August 2011, but aren't getting married 'til August 2014. Our families live about an hour away from each other & have never met. We want to have some sort of party to allow our families & friends to meet one another. I don't feel like calling it an engagement party is appropriate since we've been engaged for a while & we don't expect gifts - we simply want everyone to get a chance to meet each other. My fiance & I would be covering all expenses associated with the party & we've already found a location that isn't too far for everyone to drive to. I was thinking of having the party sometime in 2013 - I don't want to do it too early in the year since the wedding is in 2014, but I don't want to do it near graduation time/summer because people will be so busy during the weekends. I don't want to have it near the holidays either, so I was thinking sometime in the Spring of 2013. I'd greatly appreciate any advice y'all have for me.