Chalkboard-Inspired Engagement Invitation

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After that first selfie of your brand new bridal bling, you engagement party is your opportunity to share the good news of your upcoming marriage. While an engagement party isn't a required pre-wedding event, many couples are choosing to celebrate with the momentous occasion with their closest friends and family shortly after he pops the question. Whether you're hosting a casual dinner, backyard BBQ, garden-party lunch, or a blow-out 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 one's 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 pre-printed options that all come in at less than $250 for 100 invitations! And since you'll likely invite less than 100 loved ones to your engagement party, your expected costs can only go down. That means you won't burst your budget before you even start planning the wedding. Whether you want a formal, black-and-white invite, like How Lovely Paper's "Tabitha" or something laid-back and cool, like the "Colorful Confetti" invitation from Paper Source, there's great stationery picks for every type of pre-wedding party! Click through to see 19 engagement party invitations we love. At left: "Finally Engaged" engagement party invitation, starting at $163 for 100 invitations, Erin Deegan for Minted