There are so many types of engagement announcement cards, ranging from professionally printed cards that look similar to wedding invitations to do-it-yourself versions that are fun and crafted by the bride and groom.
It all depends on how formal you’d like to be and what your personal style is.
Formal, Traditional Engagement Cards
If you want traditional and formal engagement cards, contact a printer and ask their advice. Formal announcements are almost always dark lettering printed on ivory or white card stock.
Regardless of what style of announcement and card you plan to have, when talking with the printer you’ll need to consider the following:
- Weight and style of your paper/card stock
- The type of lettering (embossed or flat)
- The color and font to use
- If you want to include any pictures or images
Store Bought Engagement Announcement Cards
If professionally printed cards aren’t in your budget, many stationery stores offer a great selection of cards, both with something printed on them and also blank cards that you can hand write or print out yourself.
The most important thing is to make sure that the card stock is heavy and not flimsy. A thin card can sometimes feel cheap so don’t just look at the design, hold it in your hands and see how it feels.
Engagement & Wedding Style
The style of wedding you intend to have should guide you through choosing the format and style of announcements, cards, and save-the-date cards, as well as the wording. Formal and traditional weddings should have formal and traditional wording for both wedding invitations and engagement announcements. A consistent tone throughout sets the stage for the upcoming nuptials.
Dual Purpose Engagement Announcement Cards
Engagement announcement cards can serve multiple purposes. They can simply announce your engagement, or they can also double as an invitation for an engagement party or even a save-the-date card.
For an engagement party invitation simply add a few lines after the announcement itself, stating the date and time of the party along with RSVP info. And, if you know your wedding date, include it and add a line about saving the date!
Engagement announcement cards add a special touch and truly celebrate your upcoming union. Whether professionally printed or created at home, they are a great way to get the word out to those closest to you.
If you’re not sure what to write, take a look at our samples of engagement announcement wording. Finally, if you’d like to include a few words beyond the announcement itself, you might find them in our engagement card verses .
Making your engagement and marriage special is all about the details, the things we don’t normally do in our daily lives—so make the effort and take the time to send out an announcement—years from now you’ll be glad you did!