« Last post by sammycat on Yesterday at 07:48:26 PM »
I agree with Gellchom, by the way.Honestly, what is the difference between a shower (with or without guests who are not invited to the wedding), and an engagement party held shortly before the wedding, which I thought is a gift-giving occasion?
An engagement party is not a gift-giving occasion. An "engagement party" held shortly before the wedding at which gifts are expected is a (co-ed) shower.
It depends where you live. In many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, an engagement party is very much a gift giving occasion. To invite someone to the engagement party and not the wedding itself would be very rude. A shower (bridal/co-ed/single sex) is a different event.