Announcing your engagement is just as important as announcing your wedding. There are several ways to spread the word about your engagement and the inevitable party to celebrate! You could call friends and family, send an email, use save the date cards or even get a newspaper announcement. Depending upon the situation, a close friend, family member, or either set of parents could throw your engagement party. The party should take place a couple of months after the engagement and no later than six months before the wedding. Gifts are not mandatory and both close family and friends should be invited. The engagement party is a way to celebrate the beginning of your new life together as a couple, and it’s a great way for your family and friends to get to know one another before the wedding!