There’s all sorts of etiquette around wedding invitations, from how you should word them to when you should send them to what you should and shouldn’t include. (We see you, registry information!) But when it comes to pre-wedding events, the etiquette is a little less clear. Are formal, printed invitations a must-have for your engagement party? We’ve got the facts for you, straight from our experts.
Deciding whether or not to send formal invitations to your engagement party depends on the type of event you’ll be having. It will set the tone for the event—as well as fit in with your budget!
For something truly low-key, like a gathering at your home or a friend’s apartment, feel free to skip the invitations entirely. Send out a group text or email, or even create a Facebook event. Just be sure to let guests know when and where the event will be, and if it’s more of an open house or something with a set start and end time.
Having drinks at your favorite bar or booking a big table at a local restaurant? An Evite easily walks the line between official and casual. Again, include the when and where, and take advantage of the site’s RSVP options so you can get a better head-count for your reservation.
A more formal engagement party requires a more formal invitation. You don’t need to go so far as creating a custom invitation like you would for your wedding (unless, of course, your engagement party will be that fancy). Look for a pretty design from an online stationery company, where you can order as large or as small a quantity as you need. Take advantage of the option to have your envelopes printed with your guests’ addresses to make for easy mailing, or print them yourselves at home—save the calligraphy for your wedding invite!
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