It’s wedding season friends, ladies and yes, gentlemen you’re included, for there wouldn’t be a dashing groom without you, nor would there be a best man who would make sure the groom gets his share of fun before his wedding day. Of course, the bride wouldn’t be outdone. If anything, she’s the one whose friends gets the real party started.
If you love weddings and the all-girl party that comes before that-we’re talking about bachelorette party complete with confetti, gifts galore that would make the ladies blush (probably not, if you like a good bachelorette party invitations as much as the next girl). And if you have been given the task to organize one for a friend who’s getting married soon, the challenge is on, to make it one unforgettable day (or night) by starting with the basics, which is making sure the invitation card is designed with these elements:
1. Theme: A theme is a great place to start for the invitation’s design and it should be something that fits the bride’s personality. If you’re at a loss on how to go about this, think of the wedding’s color scheme, or think of something fun and colorful. It doesn’t have to be all pink or bright red, just because it’s a bachelorette party. Be creative, especially because your party can range from being slightly formal to something very informal. With women, you really never know.
2. Type: Your invitation card is a great way to get creative with type and text by pairing a beautiful typeface with a simple font, creating just the right amount of contrast between elements, Choose a key piece for the focus of the type. Most of the time, this would be the bride’s name, because who else matters? This would make her feel more special and deservedly so.
3. Artwork: You can either look for images that are appropriate for the occasion on websites with stock images you can use and manipulate for free or look through the photos you have of the bride and the rest of your girl clique. However, if you’re an artist, there’s no better image to use than your own artwork or creation.
4. The Right Words: Your options for the words to put in the invitation are limited because obviously, you have limited space. Make that space count by choosing the right words. Add a personal touch by making it something about who the bride is, in one to two sentences. Just make sure that the words match your graphics or the photo you use.
5. Party Information: Tell the guests what they need to know. Your invitation will set the tone for the bachelorette party, letting the guest know a little of what they can expect through the card they receive, so whether it is a small gathering with just the closest friends in your circle or if you’re planning on counting even the bride’s cousins and childhood friends, the invitation should tell the guests the most important details about the party such as where it would be held and when.
It makes sense to prepare for the date of the party since the bride herself will have her hand’s full preparing for her wedding. With that said, here are some steps to help you come up with the right design for the bride-to-be, and one that she’ll surely thank you for:
1. Use templates: Templates also work well for designers or artists who aren’t used to working on good old invitation cards or other design projects made for print since templates usually come in standard sizes with elements such as CMYK for best printing results.
2. Try fancy finishes: When designing for print, especially for a party invitation, paper finishes can make a great difference. Add good elements such as UV coating, emboss, a glossy finish, or a letterpress to make your invitation something out of the ordinary. It’s just not a card. It’s something that will define the party even before it started.
3. Make sure you have a high-quality Image: Let’s face it. Designing a card invitation comes with an early frustration from knowing that 90% of those who receive it will open it, take one look and throw it in the trash within minutes, even seconds. One of your challenges will be making sure the design has a lasting power by adding an image of the bride in one of her best, most carefree moments, as a keepsake.
4. Use typography: A great image of the bride paired with simple typography can turn into an amazing showpiece of a design that people will want to hold on to. Don’t have a budget for a photo or yet another keepsake? Consider a keychain, a caricature or something that won’t require you to break the bank.
5. Buy envelopes that match the color and the invitation’s overall design: You can use slightly the same but more organized version of the same design for the rest of your party’s elements such as thank you cards.
6. Use paper: Last but not least, any printed material will look more sophisticated and elegant when you use quality paper. Choose stocks with good weight and texture because sturdy cards will really be more inviting and demand to be read or kept.
Getting ready also means having your invitations sorted, which would be impossible if you haven’t figured out what the design will be. Below are some tips to make it easier for you to create one:
1. Stay with a style that fits the occasion: for a party, you and your friends are throwing for your girl, and whether it’s invitation or thank-you-cards, the importance of an invitation that fits the bride’s personal tastes cannot be overstated. While you’re at it, decide if you would need further preparations such as directions, gift registry, supplies for RSVP or accommodations if it’s going to be an overnight party.
2. Print a sample: Check and see if there’s something that needs fixing from simple typos to people’s names or even minor grammatical errors. Additionally, look out for the following on the layout and correct as necessary before the actual printing:
Make the bride feel special by choosing between the most common types of bachelorette party invitation cards you can send out to women or people in your guest list:
Invitation cards often follow the size of the envelope they come with or the layout, but these are the most common:
Bachelorette parties tend to be more intimate than the engagement party since it’s probably only the bride’s closest female circle of family and friends because it’s their time to say their well-wishes and say goodbye to the life of endless girl talks, sleepovers and girls night out. Sure there would still be time for those things but it will be much more different.
Bachelorette parties are bittersweet and you can make it all the more memorable by following the steps and tips for the invitation cards you’re sending out.
There are tons of inspirations and templates you can find on the internet. One google search for “party invitation designs” and you ‘d have plenty of websites to help you plan a design or simply conceptualize how the best invitation for the soon-to-be-bride would look like. Less is more is probably the buzzword doing the rounds when it comes to designing bridal showers or even wedding invitation cards because you have to get the details into one limited space and make sure it is visually appealing as well as different.