- Personal approach to invitations
- Sharing an invitation
- Invitation Software
- Templates for invitations and envelopes
- DIY party letter
- DIY wedding invitation
Personal approach to invitations
Sending DIY invites instead of store-bought versions is cost-effective and personalized. When you create your own invitations, you show who you are. Use these tips and resources to combine paper and computer for DIY party and wedding invitations. You can also turn purchased preprinted paper or colorful cardstock into premium invitations. Get ready to party!
Sharing an invitation
You can create an invite any way you want, but it helps if you learn the basics of invitations first.
Your invitation, whether for a party or a wedding, should contain important information:
- WHO † Let your guests know who is throwing a party, organizing an event or getting married.
- What : wedding, buffet, costume party, gala dinner, slumber party, fundraiser or something else? Describe the event so your invitees know what to expect.
- Where : Enter an address. Include a map or clear directions.
- When : Do not forget the date and time.
- Why † Why can be implied What but for some events, you may want to include more details, such as a brief biography about the guest of honor, or the organization’s history if the party is a fundraising event.
- How : Tell guests how to contact you. Enter a phone number or email address. Ask for RSVP. If children, pets or plus one guest are allowed or not approved, please include this information.
Using the computer and software is fast, provides consistent prompts, and allows you to get started with professionally designed templates. Plus, you don’t need a lot of craft supplies. You’ll need a computer, a printer that can print on heavyweight paper or card stock, and one of the many programs designed specifically for this purpose.
Programs designed for invitations include ready-made templates, design wizards, graphics, fonts, and other add-ons that make it easy to create and print your own cards, announcements, or DIY invitations. Some do other print projects such as labels, flyers, and scrapbooks, while others mainly focus on greeting cards and invitations. These programs are reasonably priced and are available as Windows greeting card software and Mac invite programs.
Templates for invitations and envelopes
If you don’t want to buy software for just one party invite, you can use Microsoft Word or any other word processing or desktop publishing software you already have; it works just as well, but the software doesn’t include many of the fonts, images, and designs that a special invite does.
These programs may have multiple invitation templates, but the chance of selection is limited. Browse the collections of templates online to find the right design that you can use as is or adapt to your needs. And don’t forget the envelopes.
DIY party letter
Don’t worry about finding the right clip or the perfect card template. Use pre-designed invitation paper or colored paper. Choose a design or color that matches the season or theme and use a bold, legible font. Spend your time and effort writing an invitation and make it a fun party.
Buy a box of standard postal envelopes to send your letters. Put on an envelope with stickers or stamps.
DIY wedding invitation
Beautiful wedding invitations can be made with care by following a few tips. You’ll find elegant fonts, templates, and tutorials for making wedding and anniversary announcements, as well as related wedding and bridal essentials in many places.
The best wedding invitation fonts. Wedding invitations work well with complex fonts. Make sure the font is legible for the small size you will be using in the invitation. If not, use a complex font for the largest elements of the invitation and assign a simple font for the smallest elements.
The best colors for wedding invitations. The traditional choice is black ink on white or cream paper. Gray ink, if dark enough to be legible, is also a good traditional choice. If you are going to receive a romantic invitation, lavender, pink and other pastel colors can be used for paper or ink.
Whatever you do, keep your intelligibility at the forefront. If your guests can’t read the date, time, or directions, they may not be having a party.