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.
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.
Think about the style of party you're having and make sure the invitations
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
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
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.
Let your crafty side take over, involve other friends and have fun creating
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.
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
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?
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!
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
Let them be as cute, clever or classic as you want, but the information
must be clear and precise.