From the moment you get engaged, you face a plethora of tough decisions: hometown or destination wedding, summer or winter ceremony, and a long or short engagement. One element that you'll find yourself worrying over more than most is the guest list for all of the events that come along with wedding planning, including your engagement party, bridal shower, bridal luncheon, and reception. In regards to the engagement party, which is an intimate and joyous event, you need not stress with this easy guest list!

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  1. Immediate family. If you're on good terms with your parents and siblings, they absolutely need to be at your engagement party. For many couples, this may be the first time that their immediate families are meeting, so make sure everyone feels included in this event. If you have step-parents and/or step-siblings, they need to make the final cut as well.
  2. Grandparents. Don't forget Grandma and Grandpa! Extend an invitation to the matriarch and patriarch of both families. They will love being a part of the core support group, and few people will be as excited for your upcoming wedding as your grandparents. Unlike a bridal luncheon or bachelorette party, this is an all-ages event where they can mix and mingle with ease.
  3. Current best friends of bride and groom. You absolutely need your best friends at your side for this moment! Even if you haven't chosen your wedding party yet, chances are that you'll be selecting from this group of close friends, so you definitely want them in attendance. Choose the friends who are always there for you individually and as a couple.
  4. Long-term friends of the bride and groom. Even if your oldest friend lives halfway across the country and can only Skype with you twice a month, it's still nice to extend an invitation for this special moment. Even though these friends might not be your absolute best friends at the moment, there's something to be said about longevity and stability in relationships, and you'll need that support.
  5. Close co-workers of the bride and groom. Now isn't the time to send out an office-wide email inviting all of your co-workers to a bash (unless you're going for a no-holds-barred engagement blowout!). Instead, parse down your fellow workers to your core group of friends that you plan on inviting to your wedding: the people you seek out for lunch, your go-to mentor, and the group who supports you through those stressful work moments. Don't feel obligated to invite anyone from work who makes you feel stressed. After all, the engagement party is a time to revel in your new status as fiancee, and not when you should worry about impressing your boss.
  6. Bride's parents' best friends. In the most traditional of engagement parties, the celebration is thrown by the bride's parents, so it stands to reason that mom and dad's closest pals should be there as well. Even if you're not particularly close to their friends, it's only the right thing to do to include your parents' best buds in the celebration.
  7. Groom's parents' best friends. Don't leave out the new in-laws! As with the bride's parents, the groom's parents will want to celebrate in style--and that means being surrounded by their closest allies. You don't have to go overboard and invite everyone your soon-to-be in-laws know, but extend an invitation to at least two or three of their favorite friends.