When it comes to wedding planning, the engagement party comes first. It’s thrown before you have wedding colors picked out, a theme nailed down, or even decided on your wedding invitations Translation: the invitation options are endless. You can let the engagement party speak for itself—no need to plan your wedding first.
Your engagement party invitations don’t have to match your wedding theme at all, so you can get as creative as you want with them. The only mandatory for engagement party invitations is that they’re celebratory! They should set the tone for the party and get friends and loved ones excited to RSVP because, after all, you have something HUGE to celebrate.
To help kick off your new chapter and get the ideas flowing, ahead are 11 engagement party invitations ideas to spark romance and inspiration.
First things first, sort out the details
Before you can send out your invitations, you’ll need to do a little bit of engagement party planning. Once you sort out these details, you can focus on your invitation design.
While the bride’s parents typically throw an engagement party, modern engaged couples don’t have to follow the tradition. If you’re planning your engagement party, work on finalizing your guest list with our “Who do you invite to an engagement party?” guide and brush up on your engagement party etiquette. Hint: you should only invite guests to your engagement party that will also be receiving a wedding invite.
If you’re planning a surprise engagement party for the happy couple, start drafting your engagement party invitation wording to make sure guests keep mum. Make sure it’s crystal clear the party is a surprise, and guests know what time to arrive to beat the engaged couple to the venue.
Creative engagement party invitations ideas
When you’re ready to send your engagement invitation, the options can be overwhelming. But don’t settle for a basic invite. To help you narrow it down, we’ve curated our favorite of-the-moment trends and customizable invitations from Paperless Post.
All of these elegant engagement party invites are easy to personalize. You can edit each template, upload your photo, and send in minutes—saving you time and energy compared to tedious print invitations. Plus, you can attach a wedding website. Don’t have all the details for your wedding website? Mark your ceremony details as “TBD” or “coming soon” and showcase a photo of the two of you with a short and sweet story about your proposal or how you met.
Showcase your engagement photos
If you’ve already taken engagement photos, you can showcase them on your engagement party invite. With a photo design, you won’t have to stress too much about what to write in your invitation because the image will take up most of the real estate. Keep copy short and sweet, and let your engagement photos speak for themselves. But if you have more details to share, choose a full bleed image for the front, and add your information on the back.
Add a black and white filter
Speaking of engagement photos, our favorite easy DIY invitation idea to elevate any shot in seconds? Add a black and white filter to your portrait for an instantly classic engagement card.
Choose an invitation with bold typography
Another minimal invitation idea to keep things simple is typography. Play up the couple’s names or a cheery phrase like “the best is yet to come” or “salut.” Choose a decorative script, modern san serif, or watercolor brushstrokes for a romantic effect.
Pick a rustic or earthy design
If you’re hosting outdoors or keeping things au naturel, rustic engagement party invitations can help set the tone for a laid-back and earthy affair. We love this floral design, a part of our exclusive collection with Putnam & Putnam available only at Paperless Post. For a cohesive feel, keep your arrangements wild and organic at the engagement party to match your invite.
Go for glam with gold and metallics
Nothing says glam like gold or sparkling silver. And a glitzy invitation can help set the tone, so guests know to dress to impress. Metallics are perfect for a festive cocktail party, a Gatsby-style bash, or warm things up in the winter. Pair with red accents to go heavy on the romance.
Pick greenery for outdoor parties
If you’re hosting al fresco and looking for engagement invitation ideas, greenery is the way to go. For a summer engagement ceremony, garden party, or casual backyard bash, highlight lush greenery and plants to set the scene.
Wear your heart on your sleeve
What’s more romantic than heart motifs? While they can be a tad literal, there’s never a better time to be a little bit sappy or cheesy than with your engagement party invitations.
Toss the confetti
Love is in the air, and so is the confetti. Play up the celebratory theme with an eye-catching engagement party invitation covered in confetti, festive glitter, or something that sparkles.
Keep things light and bright with florals
You can’t go wrong with floral engagement party invitations. Perfect for spring, but suitable for any season, florals are an easy way to inject color into your engagement party invitations. From Oscar de la Renta to Rifle Paper Co., we have designer floral engagement invitation designs that you can only find at Paperless Post.
Break out the bubbly
They popped the question; now it’s time to pop a few bottles of bubbly! Traditional engagement parties start with a few heartfelt toasts from the hosts, so give the nod to this classic tradition with festive Champagne-themed engagement party invitations.
Celebrate the classic look of wedding stationery
Paperless Post’s stationery-inspired designs are the best of both worlds: the ease of digital with the beauty of print. If you’re looking for formal engagement party invitations, there are many classic styles available to elevate your affair.
Engagement party themes to inspire your planning
Often themes and invitations go hand in hand. A gilded invitation can inspire an Old Hollywood theme, a vibrant design can set the tone for a backyard fiesta, or an invitation with lush greenery can kick off a garden party in style. If you’re looking for engagement party ideas to pair with your invitation design, read our latest guide.
Feeling inspired? Browse our wide selection of engagement party invitations to match your celebration’s theme. Ready to start planning other pre-wedding parties? Explore our selection of bridal shower invitations.