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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.
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Who to invite? 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!
When to send the invitations? 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!
Where? 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!
RSVP? - 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.
The invite - I choose you!
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.
The engagement party! - You can invite people who won't be invited to the wedding
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!
You don’t have to invite everyone
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!
There is nothing wrong with a small engagement party
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:
What kind of event are you having? 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.
What is the theme of the engagement party? 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 is the dress code for the engagment party? 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.
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 templates for every design for you to keep, change or alter to suit your engagement.
But 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 email@example.com
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 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.
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