So you have a special occasion coming up, it might be your son’s first birthday or his twenty first birthday or perhaps its your big wedding day and you need invitations to mark the special occasion and remind all of your guests to join you in the celebration.
So what should you look for when buying invitations?
Well here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you want your invites to be personalised with a photograph, printed dates and times or perhaps you might prefer to write them all out yourself? Personalised and printed invites can save enormous amounts of time, especially if you require anything over 25 invitations. Some traders offer a customised service allowing you to specify colours and images and to practically design the invite yourself. Others will have a selection of templates for you to choose from.
How much time do you have untill the occasion? If you are having invitations designed and delivered, you will want to do it early to allow some time for the invites to be designed and then some time to make any alterations to the design, and then you must allow time to post your invites to your guests and time for them to reply. We recommend you buy your invites at least 3-4 weeks before the big day to allow plenty of time. So if you are having personalised invites designed make sure you enquire about turnaround time and delivery time to ensure things aren’t left too late.
Do you need envelopes or a coloured pen? As you will be busy planning your event and organising things it is easy to forget about simple things like envelopes and a coloured pen to match your invites. Some invitations come with a glossy finish and are not suitable to write on with a normal ball point pen. So you might want to make sure that pens are glossy/photo proof. Many sellers don’t include the price of envelopes with their invitations but they can usually be supplied for a little extra. It is recommended to buy the envelopes from your seller as it may prove difficult to get envelopes the correct size and it may be expensive. If you are planning on having the invitations returned to you for a reply from your guests, you may want to order self addressed envelopes and post these along with your invitations so that guests can reply to your address with ease.
How much information should I include on the invitation? It is best to keep the text minimal on your invite to avoid over crowding, and having text so small that it is hard to read. So stick to the important information and keep it short and concise. You will want to include important details such as: Occasion, Date, Time, Venue, RSVP (phone number, address or email).
Price? This is going to be a factor for almost everyone. So if you’re on a tight budget you might want to stick to standard invitations that you can fill all details yourself as these tend to be cheaper. However if time consumption is of more concern, you may want to pay the extra to have your invitations personalised and printed, ready for you to simply send out. Another factor to consider is if you want a specific type of invitation, for example Walt Disney invites or the Simpsons etc. It is unlikely that any company will own the copyright to use such images on your personalised invites, so in this case you might be as well just buying the invitations from an official retailer to avoid breaking any copyright laws.
We hope this article has been informative for you and helped towards the planning of your invitations and your special occasion.
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