An engagement party is held to formalize the relationship
between two individuals and is a precursor to their
matrimony. When two people in love decide to make their
ties permanent, they host an engagement party to share
the joy with close friends and family members and celebrate
this milestone in their lives. Typically, an engagement
party occurs a year before the wedding, though this
is not a rigid tradition or rule. Traditionally, parents
of the groom and the bride met to decide on the date
and venue for the engagement party. It is not uncommon
these days for grooms to organize an engagement on their
own as an occasion to propose to their brides-to-be.
With changing times, the significance and customs associated
with this event have undergone changes.