Invites make it special

I'VE always admired pretty invitations.

Every special occasion deserves a well thought-out invitation. After all, the invite sets the tone and theme of the event so a little planning and design is probably warranted.

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It's not always easy to create an invitation, especially when you don't know where or how to start. There are many local, professional stationery stores here on the North Shore that can help you design and lay out a beautiful invitation. It really is time worth spent when you sit down with the many experts in this field and learn some valuable tips on how to design one that fits your needs.

If a special occasion is in the works for you this season, try following these Top 5 event invite tips.

- Do your research and be inspired.

It's important to check out the many blogs and websites in cyberland to get an idea of what you prefer and the style direction that you may be headed towards. It's always a good idea to visit many stationery stores to see what options are available. Do not forget that there is a fabulous selection online as well.

- Consider your quantity, size and card stock.

These factors often determine the print method involved as well as delivery options/envelopes that are available for your project. Many stationary stores sell bulk paper and envelopes in a wide array of colours and finishes.

- Select your colours and imagery with the individuals involved.

Be mindful of the event location and personalities the invite will reflect. Will it be a traditional, modern or perhaps a whimsical event?

- Always establish a budget.

Ask for quotations and be sure you choose the right route for you and your project. You can design the invitation yourself or go with a designer. The choice is yours. Many stationery stores offer both options.

- Be sure to proof your design before going to final print.

This is very important. Once you give the store or website the green light to go ahead, that's it. There's no going back. Review the overall layout, wording and event details as well as the correct size of the paper and quantities ordered.

Remember: the invitation sets the tone of your event. So take some time to properly lay it out and design it the way you wish your guests to envision your celebration. It's definitely worth it.

barb@lunter.ca

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