Q: What is the purpose of an engagement party? Are invited guests expected to bring a gift to the engagement party?
A: The purpose of an engagement party is to celebrate the couple’s engagement. An engagement present is not a requirement. Particularly if you are going to a large party, gifts are not expected, although lately, many people believe a gift is expected so more gifts are being taken, even though they aren’t required. If you are invited to a small dinner party or other intimate gathering in honor of an engagement, then those invited are presumed to be very close and would likely take a gift.