We ship to the United States, and your USD goes further here.
$1.00 USD = $1.32 AUD
Flat rate shipping $35
I am a designer
I am a customer
Estimated delivery date 10 business days from order date.
We will keep you updated every step of the way.
Engagement party invitations are an exciting way of sharing the news of your impending nuptials with all of your friends and family. Although as much as your engagement invites will resemble your future wedding invitations in some way, one has to remember that the rules to writing an engagement party invitation are a lot more lax than that of its intricate cousin, the wedding!
Your engagement is a gathering or party, your wedding is a formal ceremony followed by a celebration. Think of it as an another important milestone in your life, just like a birthday party where the main things you need to consider when writing are the essential details; who, what, when, where and RSVP.
Need some help? Why not create your engagement invitations online with Paperlust.
It’s not a necessity when it comes to engagement invitations, but you always have the option to address the people who you are inviting to your engagement. There is nothing better than receiving a personalised invite as it creates all the feels, but if these people are also invited to the wedding then save it for the wedding invite!
What date and at what time have you asked your guests to come and join you for one hell of a gathering? Make sure you organise the space or venue before you send the invitations out!
A location is definitely preferable on any kind of invitations, and don’t forget a few directions if the venue is a bit tricky to find!
How can your guest best contact you to know whether they’ll be attending or not? To be extra cautious, you can always place an email address as well as a phone number. Just triple check the details are correct before printing!
That’s essentially it. Those are the key things you need to have on your engagement party invites. There is no need for subsequent documents like a save the date to forewarn the date, a physical RSVP card for guests to fill out and return, a wishing well or gift registry card for your friends and family to peruse. Save this delightful informative bundle for the wedding invites where it counts on a completely different level.
The rules of etiquette when it comes to the engagement invitation are on the leaner side of things than that of your wedding invitation further down the line. Your engagement is a time when you hash out a lot of the details that will become important when you start looking at your own wedding invitations. The most important being the guest list.
This is the time in your life when you can be either incredibly brutal or incredibly lenient in your guest list. Both are as equally justified because in the end, it is your engagement.
With each different kind of engagement, there are a few key things to keep in mind when preparing the amount engagement invites you will need.
Yes, you read right. It is becoming more common to make your engagement the big affair and then have a wedding on a more intimate scale. It make sense on many levels because let’s face it - weddings are expensive. As much as you’d like everyone to be there, the cost of some snags, a salad and some wine at the engagement versus a fixed cost per head at the wedding puts things into perspective for many couples.
The key is to let people know that you are planning a smaller wedding. That way they can be assured that they did not do something in between the engagement and the wedding that had them struck off your list!
The great thing about this is that is also addresses the age old question of ‘do I have to invite my boss and/or work colleagues to the wedding?’ - no, not at all. Just invite them to the engagement!
If your family is on a particularly larger scale, come engagement/wedding list writing time you end up having ‘*insert name you don’t recognise* whose cousins of your cousin who remember you from when you were two years old when they looked after you that one time’ thrown onto your list. Before you start hyperventilating as your list gets longer by ten fold remember one important thing - this is your list.
As hard as it is when your family berate you to invite their friends or family to your engagement, it all comes down to who you know, who you want there and who has had something to do with your relationship.
Sometimes it just seems easier to invite those people. However if you do resort to it, make sure it is a compromise - they’ll be at the engagement but you don’t have to invite them to the wedding. Simples!
Sometimes big parties aren’t for everyone, especially when you’re saving for a wedding. And it’s okay! Choosing 50 people out of a possible 150 means you have more time to get around to everyone at your engagement, and you’ll most likely get to speak them more than once which can be a rarity at these kind of events as it can be pretty exhausting being a social butterfly.
Now the guest list is dealt with, it’s time for the fun part - the engagement invitation design! But before you nuts with all the possibilities, you need to knuckle down some facts:
This can be easily determined by your guest list! From there you’ll need to answer some questions such as are you having a big family gathering? Or a gathering mainly made up of friends? Will the people be likely to dress up if you set a theme? Or is it easier to set a simple theme than an intricate one?
Once you’ve figured it out we can move onto working out the theme.
Deciding whether or not to have a theme for your engagement is important, because if you do decide to have one, it then snowballs into every other detail for the day. The invitation, location, the decorations, the food and the hair all depends on the theme you have or have not chosen! Not to mention it plays an integral role in the last deciding factor. So make a decision and stick to it!
What will your guests be expected to wear to your engagement? If you’ve set a specific theme, provide some examples such as ‘formal’ for those elegant events, ‘festive’ for your fun occasion or ‘garden party’ for some floral masterpieces you never knew you need to see.
Each of the above play a crucial role in then deciding how your invitation is going to tie in with the wedding. Will it be a colour? An image of a croquet mallet for your garden party? A festive illustration for your Spanish Fiesta? Or a classic white card with black text that ties in with the venue? Do not fear, once you have the guest list and a game play of the day the rest will settle into place. You can read more about choosing a party invitation templates here.
Engagement invitation wording is quite similar to that of a wedding invitation, perhaps even only a few words different! Thankfully at Paperlust we have done the hard work and have created engagement invitations templates for every design for you to keep, change or alter to suit your engagement.
Wording your engagement invitations might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! There are just a few keys to engagement invitation wording that you should keep in mind, including:
Is your party going to be a formal cocktail party or a casual backyard barbecue? Is it a small gathering of your closest friends and family members, or a huge gala featuring everyone you ever met? What feeling or vibe are you aiming for at your engagement party? Once you have the answers to these questions and a solid understanding of your event, you can channel this into your engagement invitation wording.
For a more formal event, go for more formal wording, sticking to proper invitation etiquette. Formal engagement invitation wording usually demands more words: full titles and names, numbers and dates written out in words, and transitional phrases like ‘will be held on…’. For an informal event, minimalism in your engagement invitation wording is appropriate. You can use digits for your numbers and leave out a lot of transitional phrases. A more casual context means ‘Jemma and Raph’s engagement party, October 12, 2019, 7pm’ is perfect. There’s no need to write out ‘Jemma Louise Askew and Raphael John Montana request your presence at their engagement party, to be hold on Saturday October 12, 2019, at 7pm’, unless you want to!
Your engagement invitation wording should be tailored to the guests you are inviting. If you are inviting acquaintances, clients or important people from your professional life, you might want to use more formal engagement invitation wording, with things written out in full. Steer clear of humour and jokes if you are inviting people you aren’t close to. Funny engagement invitation wording can accidentally turn offensive or just fall flat to people who don’t understand your sense of humour. On the other hand, if your guest list is made up of close friends and family - people who know you well in real life - it makes total sense to use your personality and speak to them how you normally would. Feel free to use nicknames, jokes and sarcasm if you can be sure everyone will ‘get’ it.
Your engagement invitation design should be chosen based on the same considerations as your wording, particularly the type of event you are having and the style of that event. This should make it easy to match your engagement invitation wording to the invitation design itself. Basically, you want to make sure there’s not a disconnect between the two. It doesn’t make sense to have a fun, playful design with stilted, formal wording on it. Pick a vibe and stick to it.
If you’re still in a bit of a pickle, here are a couple examples of some engagement invitation wording for you to peruse:
Please join us in drinking a toast to the engagement of
Kali & Adam
Saturday the 29th of March 2015
5pm - late
The Love Bar 123 Hubby Street, Malvern
RSVP to Kali on 0400000000
Come and celebrate the future Mr & Mrs Smith
At the Smith’s Residence on the 2nd April 2015
143 Mayne St, Richmond
Kali Johnston and Adam Smith are
Come and join us for an afternoon of eating and drinking on the
25th of May 2015 at 1pm
Carlton Gardens (cnr Nicholson St & Carlton St)
RSVP to Kali on firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously each invitation will be different in how you will be able to lay it all out, but don’t forget that our team of Paperlust designers are always on hand to help and look over your design!
Engagement invitation templates are paid or free templates which can be downloaded from online to be edited with your own information. You are then responsible for printing and actually creating your own physical invitations (unless, of course, you want to keep it digital and send them in an email). Engagement invitation templates are popular for people interested in saving money on their engagement party, but what do you sacrifice to save? Are they the best option for you?
Professional engagement invitations offer you more than just invitations. You have far more options with a designer or a professional stationery company, not just in terms of the style of your invites but also in terms of the print type. Professional engagement invitations may come in digital, letterpress, foil stamping, raised foil, print on wood, white ink and other premium printing methods not achievable on a home printer.
Professional invitation companies offer superior quality paper stock, ink and printing methods because they have the right suppliers and can get discounts on items purchased in bulk. Envelopes (including address printing) and shipping are usually included in the price you pay for the invites. They are able to ship to you within a week or two, and they provide full coverage in case of any errors.
If you decide to go for engagement invitation templates, you need to remember to factor in the cost and time involved in getting the right paper, ink and envelopes, printing your invites, addressing your envelopes, and reprinting things if anything goes wrong. If you don’t consider the price of these extras and the skill and time required to get them done, using a template could turn out pricey and disappointing. Good planning is crucial to preventing that outcome!
Since engagement invitation templates are often chosen as a way to save money, free engagement invitation templates are very appealing to people making the choice between the two. If you decide to track down free engagement invitation templates, make sure they are coming straight from the source: Many designers and wedding invitation companies offer engagement invitation templates free online, so look for these rather than freebies on sketchy websites. Some people illegally access designs and make them available free, and you definitely don’t want to support piracy of designers’ work.
Sticking to free engagement invitation templates drastically reduces the pool of possible designs you have to choose from, so if there’s something specific you have in mind then you should probably be prepared to look beyond what is the engagement invitation templates free online. This doesn’t have to be a huge extra expense: some paid templates can be found for under $20! When you’re already paying for paper, ink, envelopes and other practical things, a little extra to cover the design isn’t all that much.
As always, you tend to get what you pay for with designs: free engagement invitation templates usually aren’t the highest quality and it can be extremely difficult to replicate professional quality if you’re working with freebies.
Of course, if you can afford to support an artist or designer by buying a paid design or by sending a small tip for a free design, this is always appreciated. It’s great to support independent designers!
Engagement invitations are an easy way to get a feel of how you would like your wedding invites to be designed, and the process that goes into choosing and customising an invitation for your engagement party.
With its lax structural guidelines and freedom of stylistic design, you have the option to be as creative as you would like with your engagement invites! Don’t be restricted by expectations of your engagement being exactly like your wedding sans celebrant, because in the end it’s just a party with your friends to celebrate some great news.
Read More >>
Login has failed, please re-check username and password is correct.