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Engagement Party Invitations

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Engagement party invitations are your first chance to make a great impression. Think of them as your little ambassadors!

We all want our parties to be successful, and when giving one in someone else’s honor we have an added responsibility. So choose your invitations carefully because first impressions set the tone for things to come.

As with any of our party tips, the most important things are: know your budget, know your guests, and know the bride and groom!

Everything can be appropriate—if he proposed at Disneyland because they had their first date there, send out Mickey and Minnie invitations. In the same breath, be respectful of the couple.

Picking the right invitation is all about thinking about the couple, the guests, and the style of party you want to have.

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Printed, Personalized Engagement Party Invitations

We love scouring the web to see what's out there, or sitting down at a stationery store and pouring over the catalogues. Remember, there's a good chance that grandchildren will be looking at this token of their ancestors love one day, so try and make it as special as possible.

different party invitationsInvitations Courtesy of Beau-coup

Think about the style of party you're having and make sure the invitations are in synch. If you're doing a backyard barbecue, find something that matches that theme. If you're going for an elegant cocktail party, choose something that reflects it. If it's a black tie affair, make sure your invitations are in keeping with the formal attire and the evening that's planned.

Engaging Tip:  Buyer beware when it comes to printed traditional invitations. They take longer to make, and if you make an error, you will most likely not get your money back.... Listen to the storekeeper or the website consultant's advice, they do this everyday!

Handmade or Handwritten Party Invitations

Snail mail is a real treat these days! (as long as it isn’t bills or junk). If you see a ready-made invitation online or in a party store that will suit your needs, by all means use it.

They will be organized, and provide a pre-printed space to write every important element. You just fill in: Date, Place, Time.

You can also create your own.

There are some great companies that offer blank DIY invitations that you can order and print at home.

If you really want to make everything at home, grab a terrific image of the couple from their Facebook page or snap one yourself, photocopy it on card stock (or print it on photo-paper), and write your party details to the right of the image. Set up a postcard format on the back-side and pop it in the mail.

If you go this home-printed route, print them 3-up on 8.5" X 11" paper. Once printed cut each one out and you'll get 3 out of every sheet.

homemade party invitation

Let your crafty side take over, involve other friends and have fun creating the invitation.

invitation in envelope

Use the postcard format or go for a more traditional approach. Buy some blank cards with envelopes, print up the cards with the party details (leaving space for a picture) and glue your picture onto the card. 

Need help with what to write? Visit our page with different examples of wording for engagement party invitations.

Unique Engagement Party Invitation Ideas

There is no limit to what you can do! This is a joyous occasion and should be a lot of fun.... so start thinking outside the box! Think about the party itself, the couple, and the venue and let your imagination run wild...

Having a barbecue in your backyard for the happy couple? Why not make some clever invitations to go with the backyard party theme?  In this case, we used Coke bottles, to suggest the casual and fun atmosphere that's being planned, with dirtied up tags that can be bought in any stationery store. Fun, easy, and inexpensive!

coke party invitations

Hand-deliver them or have a neighborhood kid do it for you. Either way it sets the tone and shows everyone how much fun your party will be!

Soft drinks and sodas not your thing? How about a daisy instead?

flower party invitation

Having an elegant and fancy affair? Do something similar but instead of a daisy use a single Calla Lilly (or any flower that will be used at the party) and a fancier tag.

Engaging Tip:  If you like the flower idea, we love BloomsByTheBox. They're perfect for this type of flower invitation. They offer fresh cut flowers at wholesale prices and ship direct to your door with no minimums.  They're also a 2012 Best Pick by theknot.com but for the record, we found them first!

The point is engagement party invites don't have to be on paper, use any object that's easy to find, is within your budget, and reflects the type of party you're going to have.

Go this route and we guarantee that the invitations, and the invitation making-process will be one of the stories told at the party!

Electronic (email) Engagement Party Invitations

Evite and other online free invitation sites offer clever templates and help keep your guest list organized. You can even make changes to the date, time or provide any last minute updates and your guests will automatically be contacted.

We used this for a party recently, the parking location changed and with a few clicks, all of our guests knew!

You can also DIY and design your own email invitations and send out. From a simple note to a clever more complicated note that includes hyper-links, links to gift registries and maps – the electronic invite has some great benefits!

Engaging Tip:  Proper email etiquette requires that you bcc the guests. You never know who doesn’t want who to have their personal email address. Discretion is the better part of hosting!

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Finally, make sure that your engagement party invitations have ALL the necessary information. Double check that the 12th really is a Saturday, and that your contact information for RSVP’s is correct.

Let them be as cute, clever or classic as you want, but the information must be clear and precise.

Have fun and enjoy the party!

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