Any excuse to party!
An engagement party is the first true public celebration of your newly engaged status. There is no obligation to host a party, but it is a wonderful way to introduce each side of the family, along with different groups of friends, in order to get to one another in a more casual setting.
Engagement parties date back centuries, and nowadays there is no real formal protocol for throwing one. This gives the host plenty of leeway to host any style or budget of party that they want – from outdoor BBQ in the backyard to a Sunday brunch, or from cocktails and hors d’oeuves at the bride’s parents house to dinner in a restaurant, these would all fit the engagement party bill.
Lost for (Engagement Invite) Words
Just as those different party scenarios would have a different look and feel, so to does the invitations you will send out. You may be a bit lost for words on the engagement party invitation wording. Not to worry, we’re here to help. Read below!
When it comes to the actual wording of the engagement party invitations the wording should be simple. In addition do not mention any of the following items: the wedding registry, the wedding website, wedding date or location. Depending on who is throwing the party, there are certain pieces of information that must be added to each invitation.
Every engagement party invitation should include:
- The names of the newly engaged couple
- The name of the host(s)
- Date of the party
- Location of the party
- RSVP information (email, telephone number, date to respond by, etc.)
You may want to also include information regarding any special attire requirements for the party such as a costume, black tie, or summer casual dress.
Wording Your Invites
Let’s see a few specific examples of real engagement party invitation wording. We’ve perused the web and collected some of our favorite Love & Lavender engagement party wording examples from our readers and divided them by the style of engagement party.
1. Bride’s Parents Hosting
Traditionally, the bride’s parents would host and send out printed engagement party invitations. If the parents are traditional/formal, they may want the invitation to reflect that. A formal party invitation would include both the title of the hosts and the full name of the engaged couple.
An example of formal engagement party invitation wording:
Formal Verse #1
Mr. and Mrs. Jo J. Packham request
the pleasure of your company
at a dinner reception to celebrate
the engagement of their daughter
Dr. Bradley Sterling
On Saturday the Eleventh of August
Two Thousand and Seventeen
at Half After Seven O’clock in the evening
Westchester Country Club
12250 Westchester Club Drive
Boynton Beach Florida
The favor of a reply is requested by June 30, 2010
Formal Verse #2
You are cordially invited to attend an
engagement party given in honor of
Elizabeth Colthart and Jeremiah Conrad
Saturday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.
19 Wikes Drive
The favor of a reply is requested by August 30, 2010
Formal Verse #3
Mr. and Mrs. Augusta
have the honor of announcing
the engagement of their daughter
Mr Conrad Evan Brown
Thursday, October 16th, 2018
at 6 o’clock in the evening
1322 North Bay Avenue
Strokes Beach, California
The parents may choose to have a more modern party with a little bit of formality, yet an overall casual vibe.
An example of semi-formal invitation wording:
Join us for an
engagement party celebration
Madison Meriweather Fleming
Cooper Mitchell Henderson
Saturday, September 23rd
two o’clock in the afternoon
The Kelly Home
4287 Lakeview, Ann Arbor
Kindly RSVP to email@example.com
If your parents want an engagement party that has a much more laid back atmosphere, and think formality is a thing of the past, they may choose to send out an invite with casual wording to set the tone for the upcoming celebration.
An example of Casual engagement party invitation wording:
Casual Verse #1
Hannah and Scott are engaged!
Come toast the couple with us
on Feb 14th at 7:00 pm
Old City Bar
542 Smithe Street
New York, NY
RSVP to 555.555.1234
Casual Verse #2
The most precious moment of her life …
Justin asked Elaina to be his wife!
We would be delighted to have you join us
at a party honoring the future
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Anderson
Outdoor Buffet Dinner
Saturday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m.
25202 Seaside Way
La Jolla, California
Hosted by Mr and Mrs. Randy Ready
Casual Verse #3
Love is here to stay, so let’s celebrate
by dancing the night away!
Please join us for an engagement party
on Saturday, August 15th at 2 p.m.
At the Pashak Residence
RSVP to 555.555.1950
2. Engagement Party Hosted by Single Parent/Friend
This next example is a great invite example wording if the party is being hosted by a single parent or by someone else such as a close friend. The wording is casual and friendly to reflect the vibe.
An example of single host engagement party invitation wording:
She finally said YES!
Join Rachel and Andrew
in celebrating their engagement
Saturday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Olive Tree Inn
2345 Penrose Way
San Diego, California
Hosted by Samantha Harvey
RSVP to 555-555-1234 by April 28th
3. Engagement Party Hosted by Divorced Parents
You may be in a situation where both of the groom’s parents want to host the engagement party together and share the expenses, but they are divorced and have both remarried. In this case both sets of names should appear on the invite, with the groom’s mother appearing first. Do not use “And” between the names, as this would confuse guests on thinking your parents are still married.
An example of divorced couple engagement party invitation wording:
Introducing the future
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson
Please join us for an
engagement celebration honoring
Jeff and Kristen
May 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
1085 Canada Place
Mrs. Leanne Kenny
Mr. Justin Thomas Anderson
The favor of a reply is requested by April 30, 2018
4. Engagement Party Hosted by Friends
If an engagement party is being hosted by a large group of your friends, then everyone should be included on the invitation who is involved.
We’re bubbling with the news,
Harper and Thomas are engaged!
Join us for an engagement party
celebrating the future Mr. and Mrs. Chapelle
on Friday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Blu Ribbon Sushi Bar
308 W 58th Street
New York, NY
Kate Whistler, Mark & Tamara Horn,
William Porter & Magee Singer
Come toast the happy couple
Please respond by August 25th to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Hosted by Bride and Groom
Although traditionally the bride and groom would never host their own engagement party, some couples are opting to do so these days.
As couples are getting married at older ages, they find themselves in established careers and would prefer not to place any financial burden on family or friends to throw a party. Another option, if you so choose to have the party yourselves, is to have someone else host.
If you are going to host your own engagement party, do make sure to add “no gifts” to the invite, as proper etiquette suggests that you should never host a party to celebrate yourself. Although, it does kinda sound like fun!
Example invite wording when the bride & groom are hosting the engagement party:
Please join us in celebrating
On Saturday, the 23rd of July
at 7:00 p.m. at our home
52 Spencer Avenue
No Gifts Please
Please respond by June 5th to email@example.com
6. Wording for a Surprise Engagement Party
Sometimes an engagement party is thrown as a surprise for the happy couple. In this case, the invitations should explicitly make note of this fact, to avoid the surprise being spoiled before the party occurs. You can add a cutesy rhyme or just make note of it somewhere on the invite.
An example of surprise invitation wording:
There’s an engagement party planned
and you’re invited to show,
but shhh … don’t tell the happy couple
because they don’t know.
Join us in celebrating Blake and Ashley
September 7th at 5:30pm
The Rainer Club
820 4th Avenue
(RSVP details follow)
As you can see, there are many ways to word your engagement party invitations. You can be casual, funny, or as formal as you want, as long as it is appropriate for the occasion and the couple. Be sure to include all the elements outlined at the top of this page and you’re good to go!