In today’s world of technology and Facebook invites, getting a letter in the mail seems like a thing of the past. However, there’s still something so nice about receiving a custom invitation in the mail. Most formal parties, weddings, engagement parties, graduations, and so on still use traditional mail. There are many services available that make this process much easier than having to buy a printer and print them out yourself at home.
Before we get to that, it’s important to know exactly what information your invitation needs so you don’t forget any critical information.
1. Figure out how many you need
Before you send out any invitations, it’s important to get a total number of people you’re sending them to. The last thing you want to do is finally design them, print them, have them shipped to your house only to realize you didn’t order enough. If you’re not completely sure on the number, it’s always better to estimate a higher number than a lower number.
2. Plan out your ordering
Once you know how many people you want to invite, you need to make sure you’re getting everything ready far enough in advance. If you’re going to design invitations, have them printed and sent to your house so you can mail them, you need to leave enough time for all of those steps. (Emily Post has some tips if you need to figure out how far in advance you should send out your invitations.)
2. Write out all the information you need to mention
You don’t want to go through the process of sending out invitations only to realize that you forgot to include a crucial detail. To avoid this mistake, be sure to answer the big questions: Where, when, why, what, and how? Not all of them will apply to your specific event, but that’s just an easy way to make sure you don’t miss anything.
3. Get templates and a general sketch
There are thousands of templates online to give you an idea of how you want yours to look. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can figure out the colors you want to use based on psychology. While there are a lot of outside factors that give us different feelings about color (such as preferences or cultural differences), it’s still interesting to learn.
Some examples include:
- Yellow is psychologically the happiest color
- Purple makes people feel creative
- Blue sends a signal of trust
- Red brings out feelings of excitement
Color is important, but did you know fonts can make us feel different ways as well? This article will show you all the different things you need to know about fonts and how easy they are to read.
4. Plan out RSVP’s
Do you want them to mail something back to you, like an RSVP? Do you need them to call or text? If you need a response to your invitation, it’s important to figure out how you want that to happen.
5. Start designing
You can easily design your own invitations online without needing to go to a store. The best part about designing online is that there are so many templates you can use to just plug in your information instead of needing fancy design skills or Photoshop to create high quality invitations. When you design your invitation, make sure you put all the relevant information and that it’s easy to read. You don’t want to make the address so small that someone needs to pull out a magnifying glass to look at it.
6. Look them over again as soon as they come
Although you double checked everything, you just want to give one last look over everything to make sure that all the information is correct. Look over addresses you send out, too! You don’t want to go through all that work and send it to the wrong person.
7. Send them out
That’s it! That’s how easy it is to create your own invitations and send them out. It just takes a little prepping and a little time to create something that will help you throw a great event.