Invitations set the tone

Recently I threw a wedding shower and I believe that the way to throw a good party is to start with a stunning first impression, the invitation.  I’m a bit old fashioned and adore getting personalized notes and cards in the mail.  It mean so much more when people actually take the time to hand write anything.  The same goes for the invitation.

I’ve done all kinds of invitations but mostly ones that I get designed then print myself.  Printing yourself cuts costs and I like to actually pick out my own paper.  In order to get an invitation personalized, you must make sure to give yourself plenty of time to research, communicate, wait for drafts and then sit though changes and mailing of the invitations.  For me, if the party is important, I like to get an invitation in the mail eight weeks in advance.  For a smaller casual party, you can go anywhere from three to six weeks.  Summer is tough as schedules get filled quickly, so earlier the better!

I find Etsy to have the best premade invitation designs that you can personalized, meaning pick your colors and any other important details that need to be printed on your invitation.

Here is the invitation that I purchased for the shower

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This adorable invitation is by Sunshine Printables

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I wanted to add a bit more detailing to this invitation by using the pink paper doilies and vintage ribbon it gave a shabby chic feel.  The doilies are from The Salvage and the ribbon is from Laces and Trims for You.

The outside of the envelope can make a big presence as well!  Think about the stamp, return labels and ink color you use.

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I fell in love with these heart, “Yes, I do” floral stamps!  I bought inexpensive return labels from Vistaprint.

I added a note, handmade lace money envelope and a ‘wishes’ card along with this invitation.  When printing the notes make sure to use paper within your color scheme.

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The customized “Wishes” card came from Event Printables

Your invitation really does set the tone on how the party should feel when guests arrive.  There is nothing better than being invited to a fabulous party!

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