Engagement Party Invite Ideas

If you’re planning an engagement party, your guests need to know the details of the celebration. Check out these engagement party invite ideas.

By Deanna deBara

Engagement Party Invite Ideas
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The First Look ✨

  • There are a variety of elements that go into an engagement invitation—like the material you print the invites on, whether to include a photo, the invitation wording, and the overall design style.
  • Make sure to include all the relevant party details directly on your engagement party invite, including the time, date, location, and how guests can RSVP. It's also important to make sure the party invitation wording is clear and concise.
  • Send your engagement party invites out at least one month in advance—although six weeks will give your guests more time to get the party on their calendar.

Your engagement is an incredibly exciting time. And before getting too deep into the wedding planning process, many couples choose to seize the opportunity to celebrate by throwing an engagement party!

If you’re planning an engagement party, you’ll need to let people know how, where, and when they can join you for the celebration–and that means sending out engagement party invitations.

But if you’ve never thrown an engagement party, chances are, you don’t know what the engagement invitation process looks like. Let’s dive into all things engagement party invitations (including a few engagement parties invite ideas to inspire your invitation design):

What Are the Different Elements You Need to Keep in Mind When Choosing Engagement Party Invites?

There are various elements you’ll need to consider when narrowing down your engagement party invite options, including:

Materials

When it comes to engagement party invites, not all invitations are created equal. And we mean that literally. Depending on the look and feel you’re going for, your invites can be made on a variety of different invitation paper options.

So, what paper options can you choose? Some of the most popular include:

  • Smooth: As the name implies, this type of paper is smooth to the touch. Smooth paper is also lightweight with just a hint of shine—making it an excellent choice for invites that feature photos.
  • Eggshell: Not a fan of the shine? Eggshell has a similarly lightweight feel, but with more of a matte finish. This type of paper also makes colors pop, so if you’re going with a bold engagement design full of vibrant hues, eggshell is a paper option to consider.
  • Recycled: If you want your invites to be as environmentally friendly as possible, there are plenty of recycled paper options that allow you to create the perfect invite for your engagement party without putting any unnecessary strain on the environment.
  • Pearlescent: If you want to up the fancy factor, pearlescent paper—which is a sophisticated iridescent option with just a pop of sparkle—might be the paper for you.
  • Double thick: If you want your invitations to have some extra weight, try double-thick—which, as you might have guessed, is twice as thick as typical card stock.

In addition to choosing the paper for your invites, you’ll also want to decide whether you want to include foil on your engagement party invitations.

Foil stamping is a method that permanently transfers pigmented or metallic foil directly onto your invites. With foil stamping, you can incorporate foil designs, text, or both into your engagement invite. If you want your invites to feel glamorous, sparkly, and attention-grabbing, foil is a great way to capture the look.

Orientation

Choosing the materials for your invites is one part of the equation. The other part of the equation? Design—starting with the orientation of your invites.

You can design your engagement party invitation to have a landscape orientation (a larger width vs. length) or a portrait orientation ( a longer length vs. width). There’s no right or wrong orientation for engagement party invitations; both orientations work for any kind of design. It’s about looking at examples of both—and then choosing the orientation that feels like the right look and style for your invites.

Color Palette

Next up? Choosing the color palette for your engagement party invites.

When it comes to choosing colors for your invites, the sky’s the limit. If you already have your wedding colors locked in, you can incorporate that color palette into your invite design. You could incorporate your and your partner’s favorite colors. Or, as another option, you can use color to set the mood for the engagement party to come.

For example, are you hosting an upscale cocktail party to celebrate your engagement? Try a sophisticated black, silver, and gold color palette. Throwing a kid-friendly barbecue in your backyard? A brighter color palette could be a good fit.

Like most design elements, the colors you choose are totally up to you—so select whatever color palette feels true to you, your partner, your style, and your engagement party.

Photo vs. No Photo

Some engagement party invitations feature a photo of the couple—and some don’t. So, as you’re designing your invites, you’ll need to decide whether you want to include a photo of you and your partner in the design (and, if so, which photo you want to feature!).

Design Style

While it’s important to consider each of these individual design elements, you’ll also want to consider how all these elements come together on the final invitation—or, in other words, the overall style you want to capture in your engagement party design.

For example, do you want your invites to feel chic and sophisticated? Classic and traditional? Casual and fun? Knowing the ultimate style or vibe you want to create with your engagement party invites will help guide the design process—and ensure that each element you choose fits with your overall design vision.

What Should You Include on Your Engagement Party Invites?

The design elements you choose for your engagement party invitations will create the look, feel, and aesthetic of your invites. But at the core, the purpose of your invitations is to share information with your friends, family, and loved ones about your engagement party.

So, what information do you need your invitations to share? Your engagement party invitations should include:

  • An Engagement Announcement: The whole reason you’re throwing a party is that you and your partner recently got engaged—and it should say that somewhere on your invitation. No need to go into details; a simple line that says “we’re engaged!” or something similar will do the trick.
  • Details About the Party: Your guests need to know when and where you’re hosting your engagement party, so make sure to include details about the time, date, and location (including an exact address).
  • Who’s Throwing the Party: If you plan on hosting the party yourself, there’s no need to call that out on your invite, but if someone else is hosting the party in your honor (for example, your parents), you’ll want to include that information on your invitation.
  • RSVP Information: You’re going to need to know who is coming to your engagement party, so make sure you include clear instructions for how to RSVP. While you could include RSVP cards (similar to a wedding invitation), it’s not necessary. Keep things more casual (and easier!) by including a contact name, phone number, and/or email directly on the invitation. And don’t forget to include an “RSVP by” date, so you’re not fielding last-minute RSVPs.

How Do You Design Engagement Party Invites?

When it comes to designing engagement party invitations, you have two main options: getting a custom design or using a pre-existing invitation template to design your invites yourself.

If you have a very specific vision for your engagement party invites—and it’s different from an invitation you’ve seen before—you could hire a designer to create a custom invitation. But hiring a designer is both expensive and time-consuming.

If you want to get a gorgeous engagement party invitation—without the added cost or time of hiring a private designer—going with a pre-existing invitation template is a great option. All you have to do is choose your style and add in event details. (Want to use a template to design your engagement party invites? With hundreds of invitation templates to choose from, Zola has got you covered!)

When Do You Need to Send Your Engagement Party Invites?

Once your engagement party invitations are designed and ready to go, the next thing you’ll need to tackle? When to put those invites in the mail.

The more notice you can give your guests about your engagement party, the higher the likelihood they’ll be able to attend—so the sooner, the better. Aim for six weeks, but at a minimum, make sure to send out your invites at least one month before the event.

The Best Engagement Party Invite Ideas for Your Engagement Celebration

Still, need some inspiration for your invites? Let’s take a look at a few engagement parties invite ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Traditional Engagement Party Invites

If you want to keep things classic with your engagement party invitations, a traditional style with simple, straightforward lettering and a neutral color palette is a great option.

Traditional Invitation Examples: Traditional-Engagement-Invites Photo Credit // Zola

Abbey, Malta, Stauffer, Kalispell

Modern Engagement Party Invites

If classic doesn’t feel like your style, opt for a modern invite design with bold colors, graphics, and other design elements.

Modern Invitation Examples: Modern-Engagement-Invites Photo Credit // Zola

Cabo 1, Cabo 2, Bryce, Franklin

Minimalist Engagement Party Invites

Sometimes, less is more. It’s true in life and it’s true in engagement party to invite design. Minimalist designs that focus on a single design element (like one pop of color or beautiful typography) are a great way to capture a simple, elegant look on your invites.

Minimalist Invitation Examples: Minimalist-Engagement-Invites Photo Credit // Zola

Powell, Morrison, Florence, Stowe

Botanical Engagement Party Invites

There are plenty of different designs you can incorporate into your engagement party invites, but botanicals are among the most popular. Flowers, plants, and other greenery have a pretty universal appeal and can add both color and visual interest to the invitation.

Botanical Invitation Examples: Botanical-Engagement-InvitesPhoto Credit // Zola

Octavia, Cricket, Eastwick, Escape

Photo Engagement Party Invites

Want to add a more personal touch to your engagement party invites? Include a photo of you and your soon-to-be spouse.

Photo Invitation Examples: Photo-Engagement-Invites

Galata Vow Renewal, Terian Elopement, Geneva

Use These Engagement Party Invite Ideas to Design Your Perfect Engagement Party Invitation

There’s a lot to consider when crafting invitations for your engagement soiree, but now that you know everything there is to know about engagement party invites (and have some ideas for inspiration), all that’s left to do is get out there and design your invites.

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