24 Festive Engagement Party Invitations That Won't Break the Bank

Whether you're celebrating your engaged status with a quiet, backyard dinner party or a blowout bash

Updated 01/08/19

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After that first selfie of your brand new bridal bling, next up comes sending out engagement party invitations to celebrate your new relationship status with your nearest and dearest. While an engagement party is by no means a required pre-wedding event, many couples are choosing to celebrate the momentous occasion with friends and family shortly after the question has been popped. Plus, who can say no to a party exclusively dedicated to you and your future spouse!?

When it comes to engagement party etiquette, the bride's parents have traditionally taken over as hosts in the past. Now, though, couples are turning the tables and throwing their own pre-wedding celebrations, or instead rely on a close friend or relative to do the honors. And, as for the formality of the occasion, truly anything goes (Lea Michele even had two engagement parties, FYI).

If you're envisioning a cozy dinner, backyard BBQ, garden-party lunch, or a blowout bash that could rival most actual weddings, inviting your guests to the event with a piece of stationery that sets the tone for your party—and wedding style in general—is always a nice touch. But remember, your engagement party invites don't have to match the ones you pick for the big day, so get creative and select something fun.

Luckily, there are tons of festive pieces of stationery perfect for your pre-wedding celebration. Even better, these pretty picks don't have to break the bank. We found tons of digital downloads that you can print at home and preprinted options that all come in at less than $250 for 100 invitations! Typically, only friends and family worthy of wedding invites should be added to your engagement party guest list, meaning your head count will likely be on the smaller side and your expected costs can only go down. (Read: You won't burst your budget before you even start planning the wedding.)

Whether you want a modern, black-and-white invite, like Paperless Post's Coupling stationery, or something laid-back and quirky, like the "I do BBQ" invitation from Zazzle, there's great stationery picks for every type of pre-wedding party! Once you cross your stationery off your list, you can officially start raiding your closet for the perfect party look, so check out 24 of our favorite engagement party invitations.

Plus if you're still stumped on engagement party invitation wording, you can also draw on the stationery templates below for inspiration. Overall your party prose should emphasize both your and your partner's names, the celebration's host(s), and the obvious details: date, time, location, and RSVP contact info. As for the introduction, keep things short and sweet, perhaps with a "Join us in celebrating..." or, "You're invited to an engagement party in honor of...." Either way, you get the gist. Happy invitation designing!

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"Chateau" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Paper Source

Perhaps your parents want to throw an upscale dinner or cocktail party in honor of your engagement. If that's the case, make sure this elegant paper product stays on their radar.

SHOP NOW: Paper Source, starting at $44 for 20

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"Fingerprint Heart" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Minted

Designed to look like a blend of your fingerprints, the pink heart emblem is too sweet to pass up.

SHOP NOW: Minted, starting at $60 for 25

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"She Said Yes" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Zazzle

It's truly not a party until the gold statement balloons make an appearance, so set the tone for the engagement celebration with a card that pays homage to the best decorations.

SHOP NOW: Redwood & Vine for Zazzle, starting at $2.01 per card

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"Coupling" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Paperless Post

For more low-key affairs, a digital invite totally suffices. Enter Paperless Post, ripe with design-savvy, inbox-exclusive e-vites that take the hassle out of mailing. Plus, get this: The more your order, the more you save, and you can easily keep tabs on everyone's RSVPs from the site.

SHOP NOW: Kelly Wearstler for Paperless Post, starting at $1 per card

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"Bling" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Minted

Minted engagement party invitations make designing your own cards an absolute breeze, especially with free recipient addressing and the opportunity to work with a professional graphic designer. We're loving the tiny nod to your bridal bling on this specific card, which allows you to choose from one of three colors and five different border shapes.

SHOP NOW: Lauren Chism for Minted, starting at $64 for 25

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Engagement Invitation Template

Courtesy of AmyTarahDesigns

If you like it, then you should add it to your stationery stockpile, stat. Allow a reference to one of Beyoncé's most popular hits to alert your nearest and dearest of the upcoming festivities.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $11 for digital file

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"Engagement Hearts" Invitation

Courtesy of PolkaDotPaperUK

We say the simpler, the better when it comes to your engagement party stationery. Get the point across with a bit of pretty cursive and a few hearts nestled neatly above the important logistical details.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $21 for digital file

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"Bowling Pins" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Zazzle

You won't strike out with these paper products. Save the calligraphy for the wedding invites and keep your engagement party cards on the more lighthearted side, especially for a casual get-together (bowling definitely encouraged).

SHOP NOW: Redwood & Vine for Zazzle, starting at $2.01 per card

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"Bubbly" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Minted

Champagne and celebrating tend to go hand in hand, hence why this engagement card makes the perfect quirky party heads-up.

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Brown for Minted, starting at $64 for 25

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"Finally!" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of AcetiDesignCo.

Poke fun at a long-awaited engagement with stationery guaranteed to invoke a chuckle or two from your party attendees.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $32 for 10

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"Winter Forest" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Zazzle

Consider your fall engagement party invitations taken care of, especially if you're hosting the celebration outdoors.

SHOP NOW: Redwood & Vine for Zazzle, starting at $2.55 per card

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"Blue Floral" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Paper Source

Fun! Floral! Festive! Somewhat reminiscent of chinoiserie ceramics, this pretty stationery makes a striking statement. Bonus: It's eco-friendly, and produced from 100 percent post-consumer waste.

SHOP NOW: Paper Source, starting at $44 for 20

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"Truffle" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Minted

For couples seeking cards that maintain some realm of formality without going overboard, we found the one for you. Exuding a slightly vintage vibe, this sleek stationery paves the way for a sophisticated sit-down dinner.

SHOP NOW: Chocomocacino for Minted, starting at $64 for 25

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"Deep Sea" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Zazzle

Nautical wedding on the brain? Keep the theme consistent with sea-inspired stationery.

SHOP NOW: Navy Road Creative for Zazzle, starting at $2.65 per card

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"Two of a Kind" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Minted

Whether you both bond over bike rides or just fancy an invitation with a touch of whimsy, you'll be hard-pressed to find one cuter than this.

SHOP NOW: Trbdesign for Minted, starting at $64 for 25

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"Yes!" Foil-Pressed Engagement Party invitations

Courtesy of Minted

First comes love, then...the proposal, and the engagement party, and then marriage. In honor of the bride saying yes, fall in love with a foil-pressed, pastel note.

SHOP NOW: Shirley Lin Schneider for Minted, starting at $77 for 25

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"Emerald Cut" Printable Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of BellesandBells

What's not to love about a card that takes after an engagement ring!? Step away from the cookie-cutter rectangle silhouette for a unique spin on pre-wedding stationery.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $22 for digital file

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"Diamond Ring" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Paperless Post

For another digital invite, look no further than this unique stationery, which melds a minimal design with an alluring sparkly focal point.

SHOP NOW: Paperless Post, starting at $1 per card

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"Stock the Bar" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of Paper Source

"Stock the bar" parties have been on the rise in lieu of standard bridal showers, so why not enact the trend for your engagement party, if you're so inclined? Every couple needs a well-supplied alcohol arsenal, after all.

SHOP NOW: Paper Source, starting at $44 for 20

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"Sip Sip Hooray" Foil-Pressed Engagement Party Invitations

Courtesy of Minted

To prep for the pre-wedding glass-clinking and allude to an engagement cocktail celebration, spread some (paper) bubbly love with your guests.

SHOP NOW: Kelly Schmidt for Minted, starting at $77 for 25

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"I Do BBQ" Engagement Party Invitations

Courtesy of Zazzle

Is backyard barbecue + beer with your closest friends and family more your engagement party speed? Say no more.

SHOP NOW: ZebraPress for Zazzle, starting at $1.90 per card

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"Engagement Party" Invitation Template

Courtesy of MintyPaperieShop

Modern couples, this one goes out to you. A dark background and moody florals make this editable template feel (almost) on par with wedding invitations.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $4 for digital file

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"Botanica" Engagement Party Invitations

Courtesy of Minted

Invite friends and family with a rustic engagement party invitation that crosses off all the country-inspired motifs, from the stone-hued background to the dainty string light illustrations.

SHOP NOW: Bonjour Berry for Minted, starting at $65 for 24

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"Luau" Engagement Party Invitation

Courtesy of ShopAlysonMade

Mentally transport guests to a tropical locale with a Hawaii-inspired invitation, pineapple and all, in preparation for your backyard engagement party.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $15 for digital file

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