Call me the wedding Grinch, but I have always hated the whole palaver that goes along with celebrating someone’s wedding.
I love weddings don’t get me wrong, but I find everything that surrounds them very… unnecessary.
But engagement parties are what anger me the most.
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Wedding season is once again upon us and my fridge door is already running out of magnets. I’m pumped. I truly can’t wait to shed a tear as I watch my friends exchange vows in the new year.
But on the weekend I collected yet another invite from my letterbox – this time for an engagement party.
As I scanned the text I realised that they… expected gifts. Or that’s what I assumed as there was no “no presents please” anywhere on the invite.
I’m sorry, but that pisses me off.
So, you expect me to bring you a present to celebrate your engagement, probably spend a bucketload at your hens, and then give you another gift at your wedding? Who decided that this level of exorbitant gift-giving was the done-thing please? I would like to bop them over the head.
If you look at the origins of engagement parties, they were held so the father could announce his daughter’s impending nuptials to the world. The literal sole purpose was to share the engagement news with family and friends (and the bride didn’t even attend FYI).
But in an era where social media plays the role of engagement announcer, having an engagement party is completely redundant.