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Perfect Party Invitations Every Time!
Here at Pink Frosting Parties, we are always fans of a formal invitation - no matter if the party is casual or formal. How wonderful is it to receive a party invitation in the post? If you don't have time, then you can always send an email or phone your guests to invite them to less formal parties.
Try and send your invitations around 4-6 weeks in advance, particularly during "party seasons" such as December and January when many guests will have several options for socialising each weekend. The other must-have is to request an RSVP from your guests to ensure you know how many guests will be at your dinner party. It is inevitable that you may need to ring some people from your guest list a week in advance to confirm their attendance.
Here are some things to consider when planning your invitations:
- Choose an invitation that reflects your event style and theme. Go back to your inspiration board and echo the theme of your event in your party invitations.
- Take the time to consider papers, typefaces, colours and emblems that you love, before you head off to purchase your stationery.
- To save on time and money, order all your stationery and paper from the same place, and ideally, at the same time.
- Remember to keep it simple: even an elaborate looking invitation is a simple, yet elegant combination of materials. Add one too many colours or patterns and your concept becomes too busy.
- Your invitation should be easy to read. You may need to avoid ornate fonts, and certain colour combinations. The type should be large enough to be read without squinting!
- Order more invitations than you need. Many hosts are shocked when their estimation of how many invitations they need falls short. Take the agony out of the equation by ordering at least 20% more than you think you need and use these as spares.
- If you're writing by hand, don't use a ballpoint pen for handwritten invitations. Flat-tipped pens and calligraphy pens create neater invitations in around the same amount of time. Better yet, invest in the services of a professional calligrapher if your budget allows.
- Get the wording right. These days, family relationships are complicated. If you are unsure how to word your invitation so that everyone feels included, then ask.
- Take the time to proof read. If spelling's not your strong point then get your spell-checker out!
- Stick to your budget. Don’t have an over the top attitude for your invites. It won't necessarily buy you a better invitation. Sometimes the simplest invitations are the most sophisticated.
- Make sure you provide sufficient postage for your invitation. After all, you don't want the dreaded ‘insufficient postage' stamp to deface your envelopes and inconvenience your guests!
- If you are having an informal celebration, consider saving postage costs by simply requesting an RSVP by telephone or email.
- Create a master guest list that includes your guest list, when invitations were sent and what replies have been received.
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