How to Word an Informal Engagement Invitation


An engagement is always a special event for any future bride and groom. You have more than one option for announcing the engagement party. If you choose the less formal route, your words, in turn, should be more intimate and personal. It is important to word the informal engagement invitation carefully to set the tone for your upcoming engagement party.

  • Use phrases such as, "Please join us," or just, "Join us," in the beginning of the invitation. For example, write, "Please join us for an engagement party." This is informal, but still polite, and it alerts the guest to the reason for the celebration.

  • Give the names of the bride- and groom-to-be. Write the bride's name first and the groom's name second. For example, write Jane Smith and John Doe. The invitation would then say, "Please join us for an engagement party. Jane Smith and John Doe are getting married!" Or you could try something like, "Jane and John are going to tie the knot! Please join us for an engagement party to celebrate." Play around with the phrasing to suit your personal taste.

  • Write the engagement party details. For example, write the location, date, time and any other necessary details for the party such as directions to the locale. Request an RSVP to determine the number of people attending the engagement affair or write "Regrets only." Make a note that the event is informal or casual. This will help guests decide what to wear so they don't show up to the party in formal attire.

  • Make the invitation personal. Add a picture of the soon-to-be married couple, give a fun quirky phrase the couple uses or showcase an announcement in the local newspaper. Have fun with the invitation to give the impression of a less formal event.

Tips & Warnings

  • A daytime event or casual setting will also further emphasize the informal tone of the engagement party.
  • Avoid using words such as "cordially" or "honor" in the invitation, which evokes a more formal tone. The invitation is for an informal gathering, but giving a cordial invitation or requesting the honor of someone's presence makes it sound like a formal invitation to a formal event.

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