Hurray; you’re getting married! Your engagement party invitations mark the first public declaration of your newly betrothed status. While there is no obligation to hold a celebration, it is a great way for each side of the family (and all your friends) to get to know each other in a casual setting before the big day.
These events have been held for centuries, though there are no real formalities for hosting one anymore. This means you have free rein over the type of gathering you want to hold – whether it’s a picnic on the beach or dinner at a funky karaoke bar.
However, when it comes to designing your engagement party invitations, it helps to keep a few things in mind.
What to include
While you are free to choose how formal or informal you want the wording of your cards to be, it’s important that they include a few key details to ensure that your guests can make it to your bash.
Make sure you outline:
- Who is hosting
- The names of the engaged couple
- Date and location of the event
- RSVP details (email, phone number, when to respond by etc.)
You might also like to include dress code information if applicable (e.g. casual vs. black tie).
And what not to include in your engagement party invitations? Anything to do with your actual wedding! That means no information on your wedding website or registry, or when it’s being held (hold those for the save-the-date cards).
Who to send them to
It’s usually recommended to send them to everyone that will be coming to your wedding; this helps avoid the awkwardness and hurt feelings associated with guests finding out they’re not wanted on the big day. So start working on your wedding guest list before sending out your engagement party invitations. However, not everyone going to the wedding has to go to this event – you might want to only bring your close friends and family to keep it small and intimate.
When to send
Ideally it is best to give your guests at least one month’s notice. Most people send their engagement party invitations out a few months following their newly betrothed status. Make sure to give yourself enough time to design, print and check the cards!
Who should host
While the bride’s parents are traditionally expected to host the affair, contemporary times mean that you can do whatever you fancy. The couple is welcome to host it themselves. Alternatively, both sets of parents may want to work together to host. It’s totally up to you and your loved ones!
Choosing a style
It’s up to you and how organised you are as to whether you want your engagement party invitations to match the theme of your wedding. It is completely fine to choose a theme or style that is radically different – this can help to mix things up and make it more exciting! A formal wedding celebration could be paired with a laidback garden luncheon. Adding some flowers is an easy way to spruce up a casual affair – and your cards – but it’s totally up to you. Do whatever is within your budget and makes you feel happy. Some examples of themes include:
- Mexican fiesta
- Movie night
- Great Gatsby
- Wine tasting
- Roller derby
- Hawaiian; and
Engagement party invitations are a fun and exciting way to let your loved ones know that you are getting married and that they can join in on the celebrations. Be sure to give yourself enough time to plan, create and send them out!