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If you’re thinking of making your own party invites, or even your own wedding invites, you’ll want to make them look as unique and interesting as possible. It might seem like a daunting task but making your own invites is quite easy. You might actually enjoy doing it and you’ll be learning a new skill at the same time.
Invites can be needed for all sorts of events. From weddings to christenings and birthdays to summer BBQs there’s often a need for invites. If you don’t fancy handwriting the time, date and location out over and over again, you could try making your own invites. These can include all the information needed and you’ll just need to add the recipient’s name.
Do it Early
If you’ve decided to create your own invites, you’ll want to do it as early as possible. This will give you time to create and then tweak your design. Sending invites out early also gives potential attendees plenty of time to plan ahead, especially if they need to book a babysitter!
Knowing numbers early on in the planning process can also help you as the host or organiser – it means you can start planning catering and other details when you have a clear idea of the number of attendees.
Choose A Size and Colour
Choosing the right size and colour for your invites is essential. Typically invites are small – around 5 x 7 inches although you could go slightly larger and choose 5.5 by 7.5.
Choosing the right colour shouldn’t be too tricky either. If you’re creating a wedding invites then most people like to go with the chosen colours of their wedding.
Wedding anniversaries often have their own colours associated with them such as Silver for 25 years Ruby for 40 years and gold for 50 years.
You could also simply choose a colour that you love or that ties in with other elements of your design, for example, if you’ve chosen a picture of lavender you could choose purple tones.
Choose Interesting Fonts
While you’re creating your invites, you might want to try out some different fonts. There are plenty of font freebies available online so there’s no need for it to cost you anything and this means you can keep trying until you find one you love.
Make sure the type of font you are using is appropriate for the type of invite; graffiti fonts work well for children’s party invites, but you’ll want something more elegant and grown-up for a wedding invite.
Make Them Unique
There are lots of ways you can make your invites unique to you.
- Including a photograph of yourself, your family, the baby being christened or the happy couple
- Choosing a quote or song lyric you love
- Using imagery of your hobbies or interests, such as music notes, paw prints or flowers.
Keep it Simple
Once you get designing it can be easy to want to add lots of bells and whistles, especially if you’ve found lots of images or cute illustrations you want to use. However, when it comes to design, more is often less so keep the design as clean and simple as possible.
Don’t Overload With Information
It can be easy to overcrowd your invite with too much information, especially if it’s for a wedding. Remember, stick to the essentials such as venue, occasion, date, and time and details on how and when to RSVP by.
Any additional information can be made available elsewhere – you could send a group email or if it’s a wedding invite you could even create your own wedding website. There are lots of places that offer these for free and it’s a great place to provide information that’s too detailed for the invite such as maps, accommodation, transportation, the order of service and any dietary requirements.
There’s nothing worse than printing out hundreds of invites only to discover you’ve made a mistake with the date or a spelling error! If it’s something you’ve spent a long time working on yourself then it’s worth leaving it until the next day to give it re-read or asking someone to proofread it for you.
Some final tips for creating your own invites:
- Always align text to the centre for a professional look
- Some script fonts can be tricky to read so always ask some else’s opinion before printing
- Make sure any text that overlaps with images can still be read and doesn’t blend in too much
- Just print one or two to start with to check text placement/colour quality