You just got engaged and you want to share the good news with your closest friends and family. So what’s the best way to announce that you’re tying the knot? While an engagement party isn’t a required pre-wedding event, many engaged couples choose to celebrate this happy occasion with their closest friends and family.
When it comes to engagement party etiquette, the celebration should occur within one week to three months after the proposal. If your parents decide to throw an informal engagement party a week after the proposal, consider going with e-invites. This makes it easier for local guests RSVP. If your engagement party is a few months later, opt for custom invitations. You can list all the details, such as a dress code, and travel accommodations for out of town guests. Here is a list of 10 cute engagement party invitation ideas, that include both e-invites and printed invitation ideas.
- Bubbly Engagement Party Invite
What is more traditional for an engagement celebration than popping a bottle of champagne and having a formal dinner party? You can keep the style and decor of this theme as elegant as you want by adding black and metallic decorations, such as balloon displays and twinkling lights. There is an array of engagement invitation templates, including this “Pop the Bubbly” one from Shutterfly. It allows you to select some of the invitation wording and order the invitation cards on premium card stock.
- Backyard BBQ Engagement Party Invite
Is a backyard BBQ with your closest friends more your style than a formal dinner? If so, consider hosting your engagement party in your own backyard and firing up the grill. This, “I DO BBQ,” engagement invitation card from evite is perfect for the celebration. It allows you to customize the invitation with all the details, including a message from the host, an online RSVP section, and what to bring list. This works perfectly with this engagement party theme since the menu will likely consist of slider burgers, juicy hot dogs, and grilled corn. Guests can round out the menu by bringing their favorite side dishes.
- S’mores Bonfire Engagement Party Invitation
This theme works perfectly for the engaged couple who prefers a casual event. That like sitting around a roasting bonfire, with only their closest friends sitting under the stars. It’s the type of party where guests can roast the couple by sharing funny stories about them at the same time they roast their marshmallows. Ask the guests to bring their favorite chocolate fixin’s so they can prepare their favorite s’mores creations. With these fun engagement party invites from Greenvelope, your wedding party and friends will rsvp right away for a night of laughter and memories.
- Engagement Brunch Party Invitation Perhaps you would rather announce the news to your nearest and dearest friends and family over mimosas and waffles? If so, these custom invitations, titled, “Waffley Wedded,” from greenvelope are perfect. It features hand-drawn designs of brunch favorites, such as golden waffles to delicious pastries to a bottle of champagne. These invitation templates allow you to customize your wording, including the date, time, and location of the party. Remember to include an RSVP deadline so you’ll know many brunch favorites to order.
- Meant to Be Engagement Party Invitation
This adorable e-invite from Paperless post features photos of the engaged couple as young children. This symbolizes that they were meant to be together. A custom invitation like this works for different engagement party themes because you can plan the big event at home in the backyard or you can opt for a formal dinner party at a nearby country club. When filling out the engagement party invitation wording, include a catchy phrase to announce the news. After that, list all the party details, including a complete address.
- L-O-V-E Engagement Party Invitation
Since your love was the reason you fell in love and became engaged in the first place, why don’t you send these colorful L-O-V-E invitations? They’re currently free for a limited time from Minted.com. With these custom invitations, you may select which colors you want to spell out the word L-O-V-E, as well as the shape of your invitation. In addition, you can personalize your engagement invitation with photos, wording, and many other options. These include uploading your engagement party guest list address book so it’s easier to send online invitations and keep track of the replies.
- He Put a Ring on It Engagement Party Invitation
Send a playful and cheeky invitation that fits Beyonce’s lyrics, “He put a ring on it,” right on the center of it. This is the perfect way to announce the occasion in a fun way. These engagement invitation cards are printed on heavy black cardstock. They feature a sparkly gold diamond engagement ring and a starry sky to celebrate this event. These cheeky and sparkly invitations would be ideal for an outdoor dinner party in the backyard, decorated with twinkling lights and lanterns to set the ambiance.
- A Girl’s Best Friend Engagement Party Invitation
Even though couples are each other’s best friends, she’s in love with her sparkly engagement ring too. Pay tribute to her new diamond with this beautifully drawn Marilyn Monroe themed invitation. The engagement invitation from Paperless Post is features a beautifully illustrated woman’s hand with red painted nails. She’s wearing her engagement ring and other jewelry. The inside of the card is blank so you can be creative with the engagement party invitation wording when listing the occasion and the details.
- Two Less Fish in the Sea Engagement Party Invitation
Do you both love the water? Are you planning to throw your engagement party by the beach or the waterfront? Incorporate that beach bash theme into your engagement party with these cute “Two Less Fish in the Sea,” engagement invites. If you’re actually hosting the engagement party near the beach, consider playing some games like sand volleyball, which helps get the crowd to interact and the party flowing. The beach will provide some beautiful photo opportunities for you and your invited guests.
- Let the Good Times Roll Engagement Party Invitation
If you’re looking for a more casual vibe for your engagement party, try these engagement party cards, featuring bowling pins. They include the phrase, “Let the good times roll,” which would work for a casual event, especially if you held it at a bowling alley. That way, you could rent out some lanes and compete against each other for part of the evening. These engagement party invitation templates are easy to personalize, allowing you to select the size and the shape of the card, as well as fill in the needed information.
Tips about Sending and Writing Engagement Party Invitations
Traditionally, the bride’s family throws the engagement party. However, nowadays, it’s just as common for the groom’s family, a group of friends, or even the engaged couple to host the party. The host may be a deciding factor in how informal or formal the party is, which coordinates with your invitations. No matter who hosts the party, there are some engagement party invitation rules you should follow. The most important rule is whoever is invited to the engagement party must be invited to the wedding. Generally, you want to keep engagement parties smaller, around 40 people. However, some cultures treat them as another pre-wedding reception.
Proper Structure of an Engagement Invitation Party Invitation
While each engagement party may differ in formality, simplicity is key. Keep the wording simple and straight to the point. Each invitation should include these five key points:
- An introduction or catchy phrase with the names of the engaged couple
- The date and time of the party
- The location of the party with the complete address
- The name of the host. If there are multiple hosts, list all of them, but designate one of them to RSVP to or ask questions.
- Include how to RSVP. This could be by email or someone’s cell phone number. You could also include an online RSVP if you send e-invites. Make sure you specify a date you need replies by.
Examples of Invitation Wording
You’ll find examples of casual verses online, and you can adapt them to the theme of your engagement party. The hosts will customize the invitation wording to the formality of the event and the engaged couple.
Bride’s Parents Host
Our dreams have come true…
True love is shining through.
Please join us as we celebrate the engagement of our daughter
And Evan Lockhart
Saturday August 31st at 7:00 p.m.
25 Hines Drive
Please RSVP by August 15th
Group of Friends Host
He finally put a ring on it!
Join us in celebrating the engagement of
Thomas and Karen
On Saturday, August 17th at 6:00 p.m.
The Pavilion at Chimera Golf Club
901 Olivia Parkway
Henderson, NV 89011
Kate Smith, Eric & Samantha Burke,
Come toast and roast the happy couple
Please RSVP by August 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Engaged Couple Hosts
Please join us in celebrating our love and engagement
On Friday September 20th
At 7.00 p.m. at our home
454 Springer Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA
Please No Gifts
Regrets Only by August 31st to email@example.com
Addressing Engagement Party Invitations
Addressing engagement party invitations is more casual than the wedding invitations. They don’t have to be handwritten, and there is no second envelope. If you’re actually sending invitations in the mail, remember to completely write out first and last names and use titles like Doctor when appropriate. If you’re inviting the entire family, it may be easier to write, “The Smith Family, “instead of “Doctor and Mrs. Bill Smith.” It’s proper etiquette to send the invites two to four weeks before the party.
Celebrate Your Engagement with Those You Love
If you recently got engaged and want to celebrate the occasion with your friends and family, call the Event Coordinator at the Pavilion. We can assist you in planning the perfect type of party you and your fiancé want, whether it’s an intimate gathering with just those closest to you or a larger event resembling another wedding reception. Our coordinator can help you with deciding on a theme and coordinating your engagement party invitations to the theme and decor.