The guests who are invited to the engagement party should also ultimately be invited to the wedding, so it will be important to include the bride and groom in the planning process. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. If the couple will be having a small, family only wedding or a destination wedding to which not everyone will be invited, you can still throw a large extravagant engagement bash. You’ll just have to get creative in letting guests know they may or may not be invited to the wedding itself in order to avoid any confusion or hurt feelings.
The engagement party invitations should let guests know what type of event the party will be. While the invitations can be fun and frivolous, they should never upstage the actual wedding invitations. A nice touch is to set the engagement party apart from the wedding by creating a totally unique experience or theme (again, as a way to avoid upstaging the actual event). If you know your friend the bride is planning a casual beachside wedding, why not host a dressy cocktail party indoors as a contrast? Hosting an all-out theme or costume party is another great way to make guests feel comfortable while avoiding upstaging the main event.
When should engagement party invitations be sent?
How soon you want to send invitations will depend on the type of event. If it’s a fairly casual or cocktail party, two to three weeks in advance is generally appropriate. If you need a final headcount for catering or reservations, you may need to send the invitations sooner in order to get the responses you need.
What should be printed on engagement party invitations?
- Purpose of the party
- Date and time of event
- Location with specific address
- Theme, if there is one
- RSVP and contact information