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Creating the perfect invitation for your event can be fun and easy. Printed invitations can be used for weddings, baby announcements and showers, parties, graduations, birthdays, business events and everything in between. Invitations are a great way to give guests all the information they need about the event and set the mood for a great party.
If your party has a theme, incorporate it into your design. For example, if you are having a baby shower for a girl and the theme for the baby's room includes pinks, grays, and elephants, then using those elements in your design might give guests ideas as what gift to give. Using a colored or textured paper is a great way to make the design more exciting, especially if there are no images or photos.
When creating your invitation design choosing a font or typeface is one of the most important parts. Make sure the font matches the theme of the event. If you are designing an invitation for a charity ball, using a decorative font like Curlz or Comic Sans would not be nearly as effective as using a nice script or modern serif font. It is important that the font is legible and correctly sized. Using a variety of type-sizes can be a successful way of organizing bodies of text, so long as the invitation is cohesive and not confusing. A rule of thumb for designers is not to use more than three different typefaces on any given design.
If there are multiple printed pieces in an invitation set, be sure that all pieces are well coordinated. Use the same fonts and design elements on all pieces. It is sometimes necessary to use more than one type of paper. For instance, if there is a reply card, use uncoated paper for this item since it is easier to write on. At the same time, pick colors and papers that compliment one another.
The design for the invitation can be horizontal or vertical, but make sure to use a size that will fit inside a readily available envelope. Another option is to create the invitation as a postcard. This is a good choice if you want to avoid using envelopes.
Some ideas to personalize your invitations are to have your invitations die-cut into a unique shape or to add rounded corners. You can also use decorative string, burlap, sequins, ribbons, or lace to make your invite look special. Some of these extra touches require careful hand work, but you will be rewarded with a one of a kind invitation your friends will remember for years to come.
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