My fiance and I got engaged last week. (YAY!) We have been
together for over 6 years BUT because we are both in the Army we have
spent most of that time apart from each other and family. We are
currently living in Texas while both of our families are in Illinois
and friends are scattered literally all over the world. We are
debating having an engagement party! I would like to have one for
family and close friends in Illinois around Christmas or New
Year's.... but need some unbiased opinions.
Family will think we are just trying to get presents
Family feeling like they "have" to come since they would be around for
Family thinking we are stealing attention from the holidays
Going through the effort of planning a celebration from states away and
then family not showing up because its a 3 hour drive
My Reasons for having a party:
My extended family hasn't met my fiance
My immediate family hasn't met his immediate family
I would consider it practice planning for the big day
Another thing to consider is that we have no idea when or where we
will get married. Since we know we aren't getting married in Texas we
will have to have some sort of destination wedding. We are leaning
towards packing up the parents and grandparents and going somewhere
abroad to tie the knot and holding a reception in Illinois.
Any advice would be awesome! Thanks!