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Old 24.01.2011, 15:41
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Engagement present

Righty Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys:

Two good friends arrived in Zürich yesterday for a few days skiing. Over lunch today, he asked her to marry him and, well, now they're engaged.

I need some good old fashioned advice: What's the etiquette here? I'm going for a little bottle of bubbly with them in an hours time. Should I bring a present to mark the occasion? Do I give them something together? Or do I give them presents separately? What sort of thing passes muster as an engagement present these days- and where do I buy it in Zürich city centre? Or are engagement presents passé, and instead of presents we should just get absolutely loaded and crawl home on our hands and knees in the small hours of tomorrow morning?

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Old 24.01.2011, 16:06
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Righty Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys:

Two good friends arrived in Zürich yesterday for a few days skiing. Over lunch today, he asked her to marry him and, well, now they're engaged.

I need some good old fashioned advice: What's the etiquette here? I'm going for a little bottle of bubbly with them in an hours time. Should I bring a present to mark the occasion? Do I give them something together? Or do I give them presents separately? What sort of thing passes muster as an engagement present these days- and where do I buy it in Zürich city centre? Or are engagement presents passé, and instead of presents we should just get absolutely loaded and crawl home on our hands and knees in the small hours of tomorrow morning?

TIA.

Enagaged to be married ?

Buy them a wreath and lay it at the spot where they got engaged.
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Old 24.01.2011, 16:29
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I'd hold the gifts until they issue invitations for the wedding.
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Old 24.01.2011, 16:34
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Re: Engagement present

I would just go and have a nice celebration drink and not worry about a present.
I might just buy a card though.....
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Re: Engagement present

Check agencies around and throw a good bachalor's party for chap so that he will crawl back home and remember it well (not necessary that very same night in details but later). The girls probably will do the same thing for a bride to be and believe me they know their ways (thinking of chippendales equivalent).
Get them a card and piece of houseware - it's always works.

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Old 24.01.2011, 16:53
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Re: Engagement present

You seem to be very excited about it... Any particular reason?
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Old 24.01.2011, 17:03
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Righty Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys:

Two good friends arrived in Zürich yesterday for a few days skiing. Over lunch today, he asked her to marry him and, well, now they're engaged.

I need some good old fashioned advice: What's the etiquette here? I'm going for a little bottle of bubbly with them in an hours time. Should I bring a present to mark the occasion? Do I give them something together? Or do I give them presents separately? What sort of thing passes muster as an engagement present these days- and where do I buy it in Zürich city centre? Or are engagement presents passé, and instead of presents we should just get absolutely loaded and crawl home on our hands and knees in the small hours of tomorrow morning?

TIA.
Buy them a bottle of champagne in bar... no wait, you said in Zurich.

Buy them a glass of champagne to share, claim it is a Swiss thing, and hope you get enough change to get yourself a drink...
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Re: Engagement present

I would agree, except the fact they chose to get engaged in Zurich makes it something of a special occasion for the OP too. Besides drinks, you could take a few pictures of them while they're here, on the slopes, whatever--they probably look radiant-giddy in love and if you get a good shot of the two of them, you can buy a nice frame for it and give it to them later as a sort of engagement keepsake.

Congrats to your friends, Dod!

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I think a suitable present is a service to clean the Internet of their indiscretions past and present. We're talking Facebook, Twitter, EF and more.....
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Re: Engagement present

I think the latter is more than enough! Have a good evening!
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Re: Engagement present

Take them out for a nice meal to celebrate ?
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Take them out for a nice meal to celebrate ?
Nah .. the shared (traditional) glass of Sect should suffice ... and then wait to see IF they actually end up married ...... then you can make a contribution to their future welfare.
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