Project Pointers: Inviting Invitations
Invitations should be, well, inviting. No matter what event you’re inviting your friends, family, or colleagues to, the invitation is your guests’ first impression of the event itself. They indicate the tone of the event, its formality, and the host’s expectations. And if you want people to actually attend your event or party, it’s important to make a good first impression. Luckily, choosing invitation paper is easy and fun.
What Paper Should I Use?
The Paper Mill Store sells a variety of papers that are perfect for invitations to any event. Here are some of our favorites:
Your invitations should stand out and show your potential guests exactly what they’ll be missing if they RSVP “no”. Check out our full range of invitation paper to find the one that best suits your event. If you’re still not sure where to start, try our free invitation templates.
What to Include in Your Invitations
The last thing you want to do is send out invitations only to realize you’ve forgotten a critical piece of information! That’s why we’ve created this checklist of things to make sure you include on any party invitation.
1. Occasion – Are you hosting a birthday party, a wedding, or an open house? Make sure you include the occasion – this lets people know what sort of party to expect, whether they should bring a gift, and what they should wear.
2. Name – Who is the party for? You don’t want someone turning up to Grandma’s 95th birthday party dressed for your 23 year-old cousin’s bachelorette.
3. Date – Include the full date, such as “Saturday, September 20th. Avoid any confusion by including the date and the name of the day.
4. Time – Your invitation should list the exact time the party begins. You should be ready to receive guests when your invitation says, but don’t be surprised if people turn up throughout the event.
5. Location – Include the name of the location as well as its address, including the state if you’re expecting guests from out of town.
6. Contact/RSVP Information – List an RSVP with a phone number or email address and a date you would like guests to respond by.
7. Dress Code – If you’re hosting a costume party or are concerned that guests will show up under (or over!) dressed, it’s best to include a note on the dress code. While an indication of dress code may not be appropriate for a casual party, something as simple as “black tie preferred” or “semi-formal attire” will help your guests understand how they should dress for your event.
8. Plus One – Indicate whether it’s appropriate to bring a plus one by including the phrase “and Guest” alongside your invitee’s name.